French Creek State Park RV & Campground Guide

Pennsylvania

French Creek State Park

is located in the Hopewell Big Woods, the largest contiguous forest in south-eastern Pennsylvania. The park covers an area measuring 7,526 acres and is home to two lakes: Hopewell Lake and Scotts Run Lake. Visitors also have access to extensive forests, almost 40 miles of hiking and equestrian trails, some mountain biking trails, and the Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, which is a cold blast furnace restored to its 1830s appearance. French Creek was chosen as one of the "25 Must-See Pennsylvania State Parks", making it a popular destination for tourists all year round.

The state park is home to a variety of wildlife, including game species such as pheasants, squirrels, turkeys, white-tailed deer, and rabbits, which visitors are permitted to hunt on over 6,000 acres of the park. Other popular activities include camping, hiking, biking, horseback riding, boating, and swimming. The region’s moderately warm weather means the state park is open every day of the year, with temperatures reaching highs of 83°F in summer and lows of 19°F during winter. If you’re planning a trip to French Creek, you’ll certainly want to find out all there is to know about camping, in-park activities, how to get here, and more.

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Weather
Spring 29°F - 70°F
Summer 56°F - 83°F
Fall 33°F - 74°F
Winter 19°F - 42°F
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Nearby Cities
Reading, PA
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RV Resorts & Campsites in French Creek State Park

There are plenty of camping opportunities in and around French Creek State Park, including both within tents and RVs. If roughing-it in a sleeping bag and the tiny space that a tent offers isn’t quite your thing, then we recommend the warmth, comfort, and glamping that an RV offers.

If you don’t own an RV, you can easily rent an RV from RVshare that suits your individual needs – including size, budget, and more. All rentals come with nationwide insurance, 24/7 roadside assistance, and a world-class team dedicated to helping you succeed.

Within the state park, there are over 200 wooded and modern sites for tents or campers, along with a centrally located shower and toilet facility. During the summer season, nightly camping rates start at $15.

There are also several RV parks and campgrounds located in the surrounding area, three of which we’ve listed below.

Lake In Wood RV Resort

Just over a 30-minute drive from the state park is the Lake In Wood RV Resort, also known as the “home to the gnomes”. It offers plenty of planned activities for children, on-site dining, and picturesque lake views. Daily rates start at $57.00.

 Water hookup: yes

  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: dump station, air station, showers and restrooms, laundry facilities, convenience store / gift shop, golf cart and bike rentals.

Adventure Bound Camping Resorts - Oak Creek

Also located just a half-hour drive from the state park is the Oak Creek Adventure Bound Camping Resort. This family-friendly campground is in the heart of Amish Country and has all of the modern luxuries of home. Enjoy a full calendar of activities throughout the camping season, including everything from live entertainment to themed weekends.

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: dump station, showers and restrooms, laundry facilities, playground, heated swimming pool, sports courts, free cable TV, game room.

Philadelphia / West Chester KOA Holiday

Just a 45-minute drive from the state park is the Philadelphia / West Chester KOA Holiday, one of the most popular RV parks within the area. It serves as the perfect base camp for many of the region’s most famous attractions and is set upon a countryside river, giving visitors plenty of water activities to enjoy from April 1 – October 31.

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: dump station, showers and restrooms, laundry facilities, convenience store, gift shop, cable TV, mini golf, tour shuttle, swimming pool, dog park, canoe rentals, gem mine, jump pad, nature trail, playground.

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What to Do at
French Creek State Park

Inside French Creek State Park

While French Creek State Park is popular due to its camping, it’s also a widely visited region due to the number of fun recreational activities on offer. With almost 40 miles of trails, two lakes, a permanent orienteering course, and an on-site disc golf course, visitors of all ages will be spoilt for choice.

Hiking: With a long list of designated hiking trails available in the park, this is one of the most popular ways to experience the natural beauty that French Creek has to offer. Some of the most popular hiking trails include the Raccoon Trail, Boone Trail, and Buzzards Trail.

Mountain biking: There are 20 miles of trails within the park that also allow mountain biking. They explore most parts of the park and are rated difficult riding due to the rocky terrain. Keep in mind that mountain bikes are prohibited south of Park Road and in Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site.

Horseback riding: Horse-shoe Trail winds through the park and into adjacent lands, giving visitors the chance to partake in horseback riding. Although horses are prohibited on other park trails, the Horse-shoe Trail runs 140 miles from Valley Forge National Historic site to the Appalachian Trail near Harrisburg, offering plenty of opportunities to explore the region.

Fishing: Scotts Run Lake offers excellent trout and other cold-water species fishing, while Hopewell Lake has anglers catching species such as northern pike, chain pickerel, bass, walleye, muskellunge, and panfish. Ice fishing is also available in the colder months.

Swimming: Swimming is offered at the swimming pool by Hopewell Lake, from 11:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M., from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day for a small fee. The pool is near the shore of the lake and provides a beautiful setting for swimmers and sunbathers.

Disc golf: There is a disc golf course that winds through the woods by Hopewell Lake, attracting visitors of all ages, year-round. Score cards and maps are also available at the course.

Orienteering: Considered by some as the “Orienteering Capital of North America,” French Creek has developed a permanent self-guiding course for use by visitors of all ages. Maps are available at the park office.

Outside French Creek State Park

With its close proximity to numerous popular attractions, there’s not just lots of fun to be had within the park’s gates, but outside of them too. Whether you’re interested in historic sights, family days out, or award-winning restaurants – there’s something for everyone.

Restaurants

Michael's Restaurant

Less than a 20-minute drive from the state park is the popular Michael's Restaurant, offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner to get you through the day. Enjoy favorites such as omelettes, hot cakes, burgers, steak, and more.

Type: Diner

Location: Douglassville, PA

Island Pizza

Also located within the vicinity of the state park is Island Pizza, one of the most popular pizza joints within the area. This family-friendly restaurant also offers live music and a cozy bar, as well as dishes such as pasta, sandwiches, salad, and more.

Type: Pizza restaurant / bar

Location: Birdsboro, PA

Vincenzo's Ristorante

This much-loved, family-ownedItalian restaurant offers a wide range of classic dishes, such as homemade ravioli, steak platters, pizza, lobster, and so much more. A full wine list and variety of specialty drinks are also available.

Type: Italian restaurant

Location: Douglassville, PA

Shopping

Sightseeing

Crystal Cave

Less than an hour’s drive from the state park isCrystal Cave, featuring intriguing rock formations, a theater, gemstone panning, mini golf, tours, a restaurant, and more. Rates start at just a few dollars per person, depending on the activity.

Location: Kutztown, PA

Valley Forge National Historical Park

This Revolutionary War site features 3,500-acres of monuments, meadows, and woodlands commemorating the sacrifices and perseverance of the Revolutionary War generation. There’s also more than 30 miles of hiking trails in the park for visitors of all ages to enjoy.

Location: King of Prussia, PA

Field of Screams

Known as America’s number one haunted attraction, Field of Screams offers four world-class haunted experiences, including a horrifying haunted hayride, two massive haunted houses, and wicked haunted woods. Single experiences start at $16 per person.

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How to Get to
French Creek State Park

You can 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. Entrances are located on PA 345; south of Birdsboro and north of PA 23.

Entering French Creek State Park

There are no entrance fees or day use fees for any state park in Pennsylvania.

If you’re planning a trip to French Creek State Park, then you sure are in for a treat. Once you’ve finished exploring all that the park has to offer, check out the incredible opportunities waiting for you outside of its gates! During or after your stay, we encourage you to tag us in any of your social media posts, or why not share your photos and experience with us at [email protected]? We may even feature your story on our blog or social media channels. Happy camping!