Hiking: Eastern French Creek State Park

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Hiking Trail Description

There are several trails (more than 30 miles total) available throughout the 7,339-acre French Creek State Park. This one presents some challenges with its elevation gain, but it can be done by older kids. And you can always turn around whenever anyone begins to tire. On this loop hike, kids will get a chance to climb some cool rock formations. Miller’s Point, for example, is easily climbable and, if the foliage hasn’t completely filled out yet, offers nice views of the Schuylkill River Valley. Note that the trail is open to mountain bikers, so you’ll need to be watchful.

Driving Directions

The park is about one hour west of Philadelphia. Go west on the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-76) and take Exit 312 to PA 100 North. Turn west onto PA 23, then north onto PA 345. From there, it’s about 4.6 miles to the east entrance of French Creek State Park. The trailhead and parking area are another 0.2 miles beyond, at the intersection on PA 345 and Shed Road. Parking is free.

Tips

Before hiking, be sure to stop at the State Park’s main office (inside the South Entrance, off PA 345) to get a park trail map. Trails in the eastern part of the park are generally less crowded than others, so you may enjoy some seclusion.

Trip Report Essentials

Location: Conshohocken
Rating: Moderate
Distance: 6.94 miles roundtrip, 1,291' elevation gain

Why this hike?

It’s a quiet hike with lots of ups and downs and interesting rock formations.
Be sure to bring these necessities along in your daypack: For a complete day hiking checklist, visit Expert Advice on REI.com.

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