French Creek State Park CampgroundGoogle Map Coordinates: Latitude: 40.211761 / Longitude: -75.791588
French Creek State Park Camping Guide Continued
Camping is available year-round at 200 wooded, modern sites that are within easy access to shower and flush toilet facilities. The campground has four loops (A-D) with about 200 campsites. There are over 60 sites with electric hookups and more may be added in the future. Pets are permitted on designated sites.
Camping Cottages: Three cottages sleep five people in single bunks and double/single bunks, and have wooden floors, windows, electric heat, porch, picnic table, fire ring and electric lights and outlets.
Yurts: Two round Mongolian-style tents are on a wooden deck and sleep four people in two bunk beds. Yurts have a cooking stove, refrigerator, countertop, table, chairs, electric heat and outlets, fire ring and picnic table.
Cabins: Ten furnished, modern cabins, nestled among the hardwoods, offer a pleasant alternative to state park camping. Each cabin features sleeping for six, electric heat, kitchen, private bath with shower, and wall-to-wall carpeting. Bring your own dishes, cookware and bedding. Cabins can be reserved year-round.
Most campsites in Pennsylvania state parks can be reserved 11 months in advance to noon of the day of arrival. Campers without a reservation arriving after noon should check at the contact station or near the campground entrance for instructions.
- Campers may stay in a state park campground for up to 14 consecutive nights from Memorial Day to Labor Day. During the remainder of the year you may camp for 21 consecutive days at selected campgrounds. After camping the maximum limit, camping equipment must be removed and not returned for 48 hours.
- Site occupancy is limited to one family unit (persons living under one household) or one non-family unit limited to five persons per site, including one responsible individual 18 years of age or older.
- For campsites, check-in time is 3 p.m. on the first day of the rental period. Check-out time is 3 p.m. on the final day.
- For camping cottages and yurts, check-in time is 3 p.m. of the first day of the rental period. Check-out time is 10 a.m. on the final day.
- Pets are permitted at certain campgrounds on designated sites for a fee. Pets are only dogs, cats and caged animals (such as birds and hamsters). No more than two non-caged pets are allowed to stay on any one campsite. Please request a full set of pet rules when making a camping reservation.
- Visitors are permitted from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. You cannot disturb the sleep of others between 9 p.m. and 8 a.m.
- Alcoholic beverages are prohibited in Pennsylvania state parks.
- Fires are only permitted in fire rings and grills and must be extinguished when unattended.
- Firewood may contain non-native insects and plant diseases. Bringing firewood into the park from other areas may accidentally spread pest insects and diseases that threaten park resources and the health of our forests. Campers should use local firewood. Do not take wood home and do not leave firewood - Burn It!
- Hand washing and dishwashing are permitted only where appropriate facilities are available. Hand-washing and dishwashing are prohibited at water spigots, hand pumps, springs, lakes and streams.
Location – Directions
843 Park Rd
Elverson, PA 19520-9523
French Creek State Park is in Berks and Chester counties. You may reach the park from PA 345 south of Birdsboro, north of PA 23, and from the Morgantown exits (1A and 1 B) of the PA Turnpike.
Points of Interest & Attractions
Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site
Located adjacent to the park, the Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site features a cold-blast furnace restored to its 1830s appearance. Hopewell Furnace serves as an example of an early American iron making community. Ore for the furnace was obtained from the local area. The iron produced was used to make many items including arms used by American patriots during the Revolutionary War period. The air needed to keep the furnace burning was provided by bellows powered by a huge water wheel that gathered its strength from the waters of French Creek.
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 that take advantage of the high quality of the resources found at French Creek. Observant visitors might see deer, squirrels, raccoons, songbirds 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. The park is an Important Bird Area and an Important Mammal Area as designated by the National Audubon Society.
Scotts Run Lake: This 22-acre cold-water lake offers excellent trout and other coldwater species fishing. Hatchery-raised trout are stocked pre-season, during the season and in the winter.
Hopewell Lake: 68 acres of prime water presents a challenge for anglers. A wide variety of Pennsylvania warm-water species are found at Hopewell Lake, including northern pike, chain pickerel, bass, walleye, muskellunge and many species of panfish. This lake is designated as a big bass lake and specific regulations apply.
Boating: electric motors permitted
Boat launching is provided at the 68-acre Hopewell Lake and the 22-acre Scotts Run Lake. Seasonal boat mooring spaces are available from April 1 to November 1 at each lake. Contact the park office for mooring information.
Boat rentals are available daily at the Hopewell Lake pool complex from Memorial Day to Labor Day and on weekends during May and September
Swimming is offered at the swimming pool by Hopewell Lake from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, unless otherwise posted. At fee is charged. The pool is near the shore of the lake and provides a beautiful setting for swimmers and sunbathers. Certified lifeguards are on duty when the pool is open. During the swimming season, a food concession is open at the pool complex. Firewood, charcoal, and other picnic supplies are also sold. A picnic pavilion inside the pool complex is available for rent. Reservations must be made at the pool entrance.
Hunting and Firearms:
The combination of habitats at French Creek offers a variety of hunting opportunities. Over 6,000 acres of the park are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are deer, turkey, rabbit, pheasant and squirrel.
Hunting woodchucks, also known as groundhogs, is prohibited. Dog training is only permitted from the day following Labor Day through March 31 in designated hunting areas. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Pennsylvania Game Commission rules and regulations apply. Contact the park office for ADA accessible hunting information.
Mountain bike riders enjoy the over 20 miles of trails that climb hills, cross streams and pass through forests. The trails explore most parts of the park and are rated difficult riding. Mountain bikes are prohibited south of Park Road and in Hopewell Furnace NHS. Explore the park map the see on which mountain biking is permitted.
Horseback Riding: 8 miles of trails
Horse-shoe Trail winds through the park and into adjacent lands. Horses are not permitted on other park trails.
Hiking: 35 miles of trails
More than 35 miles of well-marked trails cover a large portion of the park's 7,730 acres. Hikers at French Creek have a wide variety of opportunities for quiet reflection, nature study and physical challenge. Trailhead parking is located in many convenient areas. Explore Trails for complete trail descriptions.