St. Peter's Village The Rocks Trail

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St. Peter's Village The Rocks Trail is a 1.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Elverson, Pennsylvania that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 1.2 miles Elevation Gain: 134 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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The Rocks are near an old quarry, which used to operate in St. Peter's Village. Many Boulders from the quarry were dumped in the creek along with natural boulders, which resulted in a pretty cool place to hike and hop around. Trails are very poorly marked, and the trail head at the north end of town has no markings or explanation of what lies where. At the trail-head, there will be three trails to take. Use the first trail on the left to access the rocks.

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rocky
scramble
5 months ago

The huge rocks/boulders among the creek make this a pretty unique place for this region of PA. The rocks get really large further down where is nearly a large pile of them which drops down to a nice pool at the bottom. The higher part of the trail is easy, but would definitely recommend just following right down the creek if you like rock hopping. Gets very busy on the warm weekends (though the lot is a good size). There are many trails that go all over the place, but only one of them actually has blazes (dashed segment that intersects with this trail).

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rocky
5 months ago

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rocky
5 months ago

If you can’t walk a jetty then stay on the trail my friends! Kids loved this one and I did too.

hiking
8 months ago

Thankfully only hiked this trail for a short time to get to another trail nearby. Although the area is pretty, it appears the locals really don't know anything about "carry in, carry out". There was so much trash and clothing left all over the river banks (old towels, socks, chip bags, soda cans, etc.). It could be a lovely area but seems most families with kids who use it for wading and swimming just dont care about it's natural beauty. Also noticed a group of teens and they were all hunched over a flat rock and I suspect they were not there for the hiking.When they saw our group coming they quickly hustled away from their "focus" if you get my drift. Not a fan of the graffiti - it's not just on the rocks but also on many of the trees. ????

hiking
10 months ago

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10 months ago

Went in Spring. The graffiti makes it kind of interesting if you’re in the right mood and open mind. We read up on it and found it fun to meander to look for certain spots or graffiti work. And there’s certain spots where if you look at one piece and stop and look around for others only visible from that spot you’ll see a connected “story”. The trail is flat and rocky in most spots with a couple climbs, including Mushroom Rock. Saw some “paraphernalia” if you catch my drift, so be mindful with kids and dogs. If your looking for scenic hikes I’d chose a different spot. Probably won’t go back, unless we plan to do the longer trails off this one.

Tue Sep 04 2018

must love giant rocks!

hiking
Wed Aug 15 2018

Could be so much better. Trails, when marked at all, are confusing due to graffiti. There’s no signage to denote where each trail leads and the blaze color. If you hike with a dog be aware that there are no trash cans at the trailhead or in the immediate vicinity so be prepared to drive with a smelly poo bag. At the least the county needs to step in and clean things up. For a nicer time, head down the road to Warwick Park

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Wed May 30 2018

There are several spots where you can go into French Creek. It’s fun to explore all the rocks people have painted. While others complain of this taking away from the beauty, I think it adds a fun aspect to a hike. At the trailhead (3 way split) go straight, if you have a few hours, and make the long hike to the quarry. It’s beautiful and good swimming spot.

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Sun Feb 04 2018

Living about 20 minutes away, this is my go to hiking spot. The terrain is easy to tackle with plenty of trails throughout the woods, and lots of interesting art to look at (Although some people frown upon it, the art is what makes St.Petes unique. There are plenty of other hiking spots in PA if the paintings spoil the hike for you!). As long as you keep a sense of direction towards the entrance, it will be hard to get lost. One of the most known features among regulars is “Mushroom rock” which is a rock formation shaped and painted like a mushroom. Every now and then people will come through and change the colors of the mushroom. Towards the front of St.Petes is a portion of French Creek littered with massive boulders that are fun to hop around on. Night runs are always my favorite, with the terrain being relatively safe to traverse. It can get busy during the warmer months, but is never crowded at night (Though you need to park down the road due to the gravel lot closing before dark). If youre in the area and looking for a quick, easy, and unique place to hike, St.Petes is worth checking out! (One last note: in the parking lot and towards the front of the woods there is no service. A 5 minute walk into the woods will fix this problem).

Thu Nov 16 2017

Sadly the graffiti every where and names carved in the trees and all the trash left behind ruins the natural beauty that this place use to have.

hiking
Tue Oct 03 2017

Hey guys, just came here to say a couple of days ago i came here. My friend, and I started on the Yellow trail, but almost as soon as you start it theres orange spray paint marking the way to the old Quarry. hike there and back is around two and a half miles. Also bonus, somewhere around the quarry is a painting of Pickle Rick. Happy hiking.

hiking
Mon Sep 11 2017

this trail is amazing and all of the graffiti on the rocks is so fun to look at! yellow trail is marked fairly well but 90% of the other trails are not. i recommend visiting a few times to go on all of the trails and seeing each part of the beautiful forest.

Tue Sep 05 2017

Awesome place for bouldering !

Wed Jul 26 2017

The yellow trail was ok, the best part however was near the river. Climbing the rocks on the river bed was a lot of fun.

Sun Jul 09 2017

Very pretty waterfalls and fun climbing along the rocks. The graffiti is a shame.

hiking
Sat Mar 25 2017

This is a beautiful spot that could be even more beautiful if it weren't for all the spray paint. It is literally every where you look. I wish the US or PA park service would take over this spot and put an end to the abuse. The hike was great - difficult, but nice. The river and the rocks are beautiful but the spray paint is out of control.

Fri Aug 19 2016

Bit of trash especially near start of trail. Otherwise, big, fun rocks to climb on with my 3 year old!

hiking
Mon Jun 13 2016

I really enjoyed this hike. One piece of advice, all of the families start coming in around noon so get there on the early side. Some people don't like the spray painted rocks but I think they are so fun to look at and it adds so much character!

walking
Wed Jul 16 2014

Trails are many, I followed one that was marked with an Om. Spray paint marks many of these rocks, but after a mile it stops. The yellow blazed trail was very well marked, but the others, not so much. It seems like many people like to use these unmarked trails for mountain biking, and the yellow trail system seems to be used as a party venue more than anything else.

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