French Creek Loop

French Creek Loop

Overview

French Creek Loop is located about 20km southeast far from downtown Reading – an enjoyable and technical trail nestling in the French Creek State Park.

This ride takes you over multiple trails in the park’s system. You will 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 can be listed out such as camping, boating, and kayaking, which makes the place more interesting and attractive to families.

Terrain

Mostly singletrack rated as intermediate to difficult. As it stretches through the woods at the Park, there will be some rocky and technical sections.

Access

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.

You can pack your bags and have a small picnic here as well.

More details

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. Note that much of this trail is closed to bikes so turn right on the Six Penny - Boone Trail Connector when you 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 to offer nice view of it.

On the other side, keep riding on Horse-Shoe Trail and watch it overlap 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 are 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.

 

Some of the information on this page is sourced from:

https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/7023686/french-creek-loop

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17.474 km / 10.858 mi

Total Distance

410 m / 1,344 ft

Total Ascent

410 m / 1,346 ft

Total Descent

302 m / 990 ft

Highest Point

Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Sightseeing
Commuter
Rail Trail
Gravel
Various
EPIC Ride
Difficulty: Advanced (Black)
Ride Duration: 1-2 hrs
Fitness Level: High
Terrain:
Shared Bike Path - Paved
Shared Bike Path - Dirt
On-Road Bike Lane
On-Road
Off-Road - Fire Trail
Off-Road - Rail Trail
Off-Road - Single Track
Off-Road - Downhill
Gravel Road
Mobile Coverage: Limited
Services:
Water
Food
First Aid
Toilets
Bike hire
Carparking
Bike servicing
Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle
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