French Creek Loop
French Creek Loop is located about 12 and 1/2 miles southeast from downtown Reading – an enjoyable and technical trail nestled in the French Creek State Park.
This ride takes you over multiple trails in the park’s system. You'll ride by organized campgrounds, Scott Run Lake, and the Hopewell Fire Tower. Trails are well-marked, and most riders should be able to make it through the technical sections without having to walk.
The park is family-friendly with many outdoor activities including camping, boating and kayaking, making it fun for the whole family!
Mostly singletrack, and rated as intermediate to difficult. As it stretches through the woods at the Park, there will be some rocky and technical sections.
Enter the park from the south or west near the Hopewell Lake recreation area. The starting point of the trail is on Park Road near the William Penn State Forest District Office.
Food and drink
Some vending machines and restrooms can be found in the park. This is also a great place to pack your bags and have a picnic.
On the Park Road, turn onto the white-blazed Turtle Trail. Follow the white and yellow blazing. This trail winds through a tranquil forest on the western edge of the park. After a while, go straight at the junction with Boone Trail.
The blue blazes will soon get to the north and turn to a steep and rocky route. Boone Trail will then overlap with the Horse-Shoe Trail. When they separate, keep on straight and look for the Six Penny Trail on the right. Ride the orange blazes for an easy trip. Trn right on the Six Penny - Boone Trail Connector when you're near Campground #3.
Follow Boone Trail again and turn right onto the fun descent Lenape Trail marked with green blazes. Ride Scott’s Run Road for the second time and reach the dam at the edge of the lake, where there's a nice view.
On the other side, keep riding on Horse-Shoe Trail and watch where it overlaps with Boone Trail. Turn left at the next junction to follow the white blazes of Turtle Trail up to a rock garden climb. At the peak, make a right turn and have a quick out-and-back on Ridge Trail to a nice scenic view near the fire tower.
When you're at the intersection, drop down on the blue-blazed Boone Trail and head west. At the last junction, go straight on the Horse-Shoe Trail before you see the pavement. Turn right and ride to your car.
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