What to do in French Creek State Park

The heavily forested, scenic hills of French Creek State Park provide habitat for plants and animals in the ever-expanding urban environment of southeastern Pennsylvania. Large oak, poplar, hickory, maple and beech trees cover much of the park, with a sparse understory of mountain laurel, rhododendron and other brushy plants. Wetlands and pristine streams flowing through rich, damp creek valleys offer additional habitats for plants and animals. This large, diverse environment supports many animals which take advantage of the high quality of the resources found at French Creek.

This is a wonderful park to visit. There is a large variety of outdoor activities to please every taste. There is camping and cabins, a large swimming pool, numerous picnic tables, 30 miles of hiking opportunities and fishing in two separate lakes. In addition, there are two Frisbee golf courses, winding through the woods that attract visitors of all ages year-round.

The art of map and compass reading has made French Creek State Park a favorite stop for both novice and professionals. Considered by some as the "Orienteering Capital of North America," French Creek has developed a permanent self-guided course for use by visitors of all ages. The objective is to locate markers in the park with the aid of a map and if you like, a compass. Traveling in groups or alone, running or walking, orienteering is a healthy, fun way to exercise both mind and body. Maps are available at the park office.

The combination of habitats at French Creek offers a variety of hunting opportunities. Over 5,000 acres are open to hunting. However, boundaries are very specific and well marked. Deer, rabbits, squirrels, pheasants and wild turkeys are among the game animals that attract sportsmen.

The heavily forested, scenic hills of French Creek State Park provide habitat for plants and animals in the ever-expanding urban environment of southeastern Pennsylvania. Large oak, poplar, hickory, maple and beech trees cover much of the park, with a sparse understory of mountain laurel, rhododendron and other brushy plants. Wetlands and pristine streams flowing through rich, damp creek valleys offer additional habitats for plants and animals. This large, diverse environment supports many animals which take advantage of the high quality of the resources found at French Creek. If you are observant while at the park you will see deer, squirrels, raccoons, song birds and numerous other small animals and birds. The park sustains good populations of resident birds and animals, but also serves as an important stop for migratory species using the woodlands, streams, lakes and wetlands for food and cover.

Recreation
French Creek is a wonderful park to visit. There is a large variety of outdoor activities to please every taste. There is camping and cabins, a large swimming pool, numerous picnic tables, 30 miles of hiking opportunities and fishing in two separate lakes.

In addition, there are two Frisbee golf courses, winding through the woods that attract visitors of all ages year- round. This activity is a favorite sport for individuals and families. The challenge of tossing a flying disc through the woods is unmatched by any other sport. Friendly local enthusiasts are always willing to give advice to first time golfers. Score cards and maps are available at the park office.

The art of map and compass reading has made French Creek State Park a favorite stop for both novice and professionals. Considered by some as the "Orienteering Capital of North America," French Creek has developed a permanent self-guided course for use by visitors of all ages. The objective is to locate markers in the park with the aid of a map and if you like, a compass. Traveling in groups or alone, running or walking, orienteering is a healthy, fun way to exercise both mind and body. Maps are available at the park office.

The combination of habitats at French Creek offers a variety of hunting opportunities. Over 5,000 acres are open to hunting. However, boundaries are very specific and well marked. Deer, rabbits, squirrels, pheasants and wild turkeys are among the game animals which attract sportsmen. All Pennsylvania Game Commission Rules and Regulations are in effect for all related activities with the exception of: 1) hunting of woodchucks also known as groundhogs is prohibited and 2) dog training is only permitted from the day following Labor Day to March 31 in designated hunting areas. Hunters are reminded to use extreme caution since many hiking trails cross hunting areas. Approximately 3 miles southeast of the park is State Game Lands No. 43, administered by the Pennsylvania Game Commission. These game lands consist of more than 1,800 acres of land and add considerably to the public land available to the sports persons of the area. A public firing range is located at the end of Laurel Road. Hunting on property belonging to Hopewell National Historic Site is prohibited.

Location
French Creek State Park is located off of Route 345, south of Birdsboro, Pennsylvania, and north of Route 23. The park is in Berks and Chester Counties.

Climate
Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The French Creek State Park area has cold winter months with temperatures averaging above 28 degrees Fahrenheit (above -2 degrees Celsius). The area's average summer temperatures range above 74 degrees Fahrenheit (23 Celsius).

Address
843 Park Road
Elverson, PA 19520-9523

Phone: 610-582-9680

Email: frenchcreek@dcnr.state.pa.us
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