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French Trail is a 6.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Elverson, Pennsylvania that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, horses, and mountain biking and is best used from December until February. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 6.8 miles Elevation Gain: 964 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

walking

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

Some views, quiet woods, lots of up & down, interesting rock formation. This hike explores most of the trails in the eastern portion of Pennsylvania's French Creek State Park. Before hitting the trailhead, visit the Park's main office (accessible from the South Entrance, off PA 345, a couple miles before the trailhead) for a trail map. Miller's point, an easily climbable rock formation affords limited views of the Schuylkill River valley only in the winter and early spring before the foliage reappears. Many of these trails are also shared with mountain bikers, so be alert.

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muddy
rocky
1 day ago

I have found the place where trail runners congregate. ‘Bout got run over by two guys today This trail is relatively easy-wide at some parts and narrow at others. There’s a bunch of other trails that intersect along the way so it’s hard to stick to the right one. There are maps at the parking spot before you get to the trailhead.

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muddy
4 days ago

hiking
7 days ago

Good trail, well marked. We started on lenape and when we got to the loop we went right and followed green until we hit red which is the second half of the loop. A couple of decent 400 food climbs gave us our workout!

muddy
21 days ago

good trail not overgrown. not much to see. a little muddy. enjoy!

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muddy
29 days ago

recorded French Trail

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muddy
1 month ago

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muddy
washed out
1 month ago

This trail is good if you have a solid day to dedicate to it. The hike isnt terrible terrain wise but some parts get pretty rocky so definitely wear hiking boots and remember to lift up those knees! Several streams running through made for great scenery. Took the pup and she got a little muddy from some of the trails but washed up in the streams. Would definitely hike again!

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rocky
2 months ago

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muddy
2 months ago

Please be aware of coyotes in the area. I stopped for lunch at Miller's Point and a coyote started barking at me from a distance. I assumed it was a dog until the barking got closer and closer and I saw that it was a coyote. PLEASE leash your dogs (which you should be doing anyway) and be aware of your surroundings. The presence of wildlife attests to the natural beauty of the area! It's a fun hike. Not too challenging but it does have its moments.

recorded French Trail

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muddy
rocky
2 months ago

3.5 hours- stopped a few to drink layer down. Trail well marked easy to follow. Though it is March so no under growth yet.

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rocky
3 months ago

Nice little walk in the woods.

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rocky
6 months ago

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bugs
over grown
rocky
7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Mid/late September. Almost no mud, bugs were present but only a mild nuisance. I took the north loop that's shown on Alltrails but not on the official park map. It can be easy to miss the turnoff for that, so keep your eyes peeled. Its slightly overgrown and a few spots are iffy for navigation, but it's mostly easy to follow. As for the rest of the trail, it's very well maintained and marked. There are several options to make the route shorter-- which I ended up doing (via Raccoon trail) when I was running low on water. There are some nice (easy) stream crossings. No spectacular views but certainly a fun hike. Great for dogs!

horseback riding
8 months ago

Great people hiking but trails so far have been very rocky. Beautiful place though .... just have to find the right trails for horses. And horseshoe trail is also washed out pretty bad...too many rocks for the horses to enjoy the ride.

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike, just FYI, french trail is not 6 miles as stated, it ended up as 9.2 following same GPS alltrails. This is a day off type of hike, so don't be on a schedule. A combination of buggy, muddy, Rocky, dry, flat, hilly, some mtb Trails, Jeep trails, Rocky steam beds. Water, good footwear.

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over grown
9 months ago

Great workout. I took the trail counter clockwise. The first 2 miles were nice and open. The next 2-3 miles are heavily grown in but still passable. The bugs were not too bad.

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rocky
10 months ago

Great trail for hikers looking for a long hike with twists, turns, good elevation. Not for beginners.

hiking
11 months ago

Gary Westlake Tree Farm hike with Troop 140!

hiking
Sat May 25 2019

A great workout. A lot of hills, a lot of scenery with a beautiful setting. The only negative was about 1/4-1/3 mile of muddy trail. But beyond that just a very awesome hike!

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rocky
Sat Mar 23 2019

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muddy
rocky
washed out
Sat Mar 16 2019

hiking
Mon Nov 05 2018

Nice hike with variety of scenery (rocks, stream crossings, etc). Be warned, if has rained heavily in past few days, many of the springs flow right down most sections of the trails. Although hiked this on cool November day, have done this in the past during Spring/Summer and would agree with other reviewers that the gnats/bugs can be pretty bad on the eastern trails of French Creek. Made this into a larger loop by taking the first unnamed trail off to the left which returns back to main trail a little before trail to Miller's Point. This 1.9 mile section of trail is not marked at all on the French Creek State Park map, but would be worthy addition...if it only had actual blazes on it. There are very faded maroon blazes with white in center down hill of 1st mile, but once you get to the power line clearing, the blazes stop and you have to locate the trail on your own the rest of the way back up. Do not recommend unless you have AllTrails/GPS app with signal. Without those issues, it would be a nice extension to the French Trail hike (about 8.7 miles) as the trail is much thinner and more remote feeling on it. The spider webs during warmer weather would probably be terrible given the minimal traffic.

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