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.
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.
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.