Explore the most popular forest trails near Elverson with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice walk, few areas of incline and rock scrambling but overall was not hard at all. went to Millers Point but couldn't see much. well marked trail and well maintained. Lots of dead ash trees such ashame. Would recommend

mountain biking
1 month ago

It was a awesome ride hit it in early April and the bugs weren’t too bad yet great technical ride

The Turtle Trail is listed as a 3.8 mile hike. It is inconsistently marked and, at times, terribly confusing. In the end of our hike it was 6.6 miles. This is the second time I had such an experience at French Creek. I believe their trail map is not to be trusted. It’s hard to follow and so are the blazes. What was meant to be an hour-ish hike turned into three hours. Now that I know the hike, it’s good training ground for trail running. Some consistent ups and downs. It hugs permitted hunting grounds and there’s not a whole lot happening; it just feels like French Creek; like Pennsylvania. I love that but I don’t know if everyone does. So, be careful. And bring water! I didn’t and that was a mistake.

hiking
2 months ago

Snow caused our loop to be an out and back. Philly is 50 but there is 6 inches of snow Out here!!!

Lenape green trail good

walking up river via Boulder rock... stop and admire the hippy art work, place is full of good vibes

3 months ago

Did turtle trail. Trail head I found was just a little ahead of park station on the left. Easily marked. Trail starts well marked but as you get further in toward smaller lake gets a little confusing. Make sure you get a topo at ranger station. All in all good hike, not terribly much to look at but it's hiking. Dam head, larger lake, nice place to check out and take a break. Quite a bit of more unexplored trails in park northeast of campground and north of campground. I'll give it another go at a later date.

hiking
3 months ago

I wrote this same review for the trail under “St. Peter’s Village The Rocks Trail”: 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).

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).

Great Park for hiking

6 months ago

Easy hike, poorly marked. Not much to see. Wear orange during hunting season. This trail weaves in and out of active hunting zones

6 months ago

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.

Well they must have redone the trail markers, however, I'm not sure which color I was supposed to be following. I was on yellow until there was a fork in the road and it took me in the opposite direction.

Unfortunately for me, I entered the trail after about 7 horses. Normally I can see and avoid the massive pee and poop piles on the trail, but since there were so many, they had already stomped it all into the leaves, rocks and dirt. It was really enjoyable to hike with my small dogs through two miles of gross smelly terrain.

Upon speaking to locals, the horses are out every weekend, so it wasn't just a bad luck experience.

The only saving grace was the river at the end... which I took a wrong turn to come across.

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
8 months ago

I'm conflicted reviewing this trail.

I think it's a perfect length for a decent weekend venture that doesn't eat up the whole day (like a trip to the Pinnacle or Hawk Mountain), but it is by far the most "buggy" trail I hike -- and I hike a lot of trails in this area.

At French Creek, there is little difference between wearing repellent and not wearing it. By wearing some bug spray, you might not get bitten, but getting bitten really isn't the problem here, it's bugs continually landing on your face, hovering by your ears and dive-bombing you. The last three times I've been here I've spent at least 90% of my time needing one hand free to act like a windshield wiper for my face.

Folks, I'm from Florida and so I grew up with buggy trails, but French Creek feels like it was transplanted from the swamp lands (even though only some of it's terrain is mucky) and set in the hills of Southeastern PA.

I recommend this trail in the Fall and Winter, but by Spring and Summer I always finish the trail pissed off by the nuisance.

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.

hiking
8 months ago

Slightly boring.

Awesome place for bouldering !

I had a great time on my recent outing. My only complaint is the trail markings. Tons of spray paint on the various rocks but the trail(s) aren't marked that well any longer. I will definitely go back because I'm adventurous but anybody that is looking for well marked trails beware.

Had a great time here with my son. My only complaint is that trails are poorly marked.

hiking
9 months ago

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.

on French Trail

hiking
10 months ago

Definitely longer than 6.5 miles. Tons of forest views that are pretty but not much else. Wear tons of insect repellent - the little gnats are annoying!

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

hiking
11 months ago

I'm giving this trail 5 stars despite the fact that it was impossible to actually find signs or markers designating the trail, because it was so fun and beautiful. Travel through town and park in the parking lot at the end of town by the empty white building. Three trails branch off over the bridge and behind the white building. This point is obvious. Beyond that, it's unclear which path is what trail. The left and right trail take you along the boulders and creek and is a great adventure. While this is rated as difficult we transversed the boulders with our two daughters (9 and 5) and our Pug, all of which handled the terrain well. After climbing boulders down the creek we did find a well maintained trail running parallel to the creek. It seemed to be marked with trees with blue paint and yellow dot, however very quickly this changed to a yellow paint mark only. We happened to run into a park ranger monitoring activity at the site and asked if we were on St. Pete's trail. He said it was the game commission trail, but if you followed the yellow marks, then onto the light blue marks its about a mile loop that ultimately brings you back to the parking lot, emerging from the center trail option after the bridge at the beginning. Along this hike, there are many smaller trails that branch off, destination unknown to us. The path at times is covered by a lot of loose rocks, so be careful where you step as you could easily twist an ankle. In any case, it was any easy hike, but loved by all. We will be back.

hiking
Sunday, May 14, 2017

In the begining, we didn't necessarily stay on Saint Pete's Trail...there were so many different small trails to take that we were not sure which one was which..nevertheless...we were not dissapointed! We came across some great rock formations, little creeks w. mini waterfalls, even a rope swing! There was so much excitment! I highly recommens this park to all who are ready to embark a mini journey (:

hiking
Saturday, March 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.

hiking
Sunday, February 26, 2017

Trail needs to be marked a little better.. We got of the path a couple of times.. lots of different trails... We will be going back.. Oh and it needs a restroom.. Going to check out the shops next time too..

Saturday, December 03, 2016

This was the worst trail I've ever been on. The graffiti made me so sad. Not only were there penises and boobs drawn at least a dozen times, there were also racial quotes. It was appalling. Made me pretty upset. I wish people respected nature more. People respect nature more in rural South Carolina where I'm from. There aren't even racial slurs on trees there believe it or not.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Just to clarify some of the other reviews, which aren't specific to this trail. This trail is a loop, designated by blue trail markers with a yellow dot. The yellow trail markers are for an out and back trail, not the loop trail.

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