One of the reasons people like to locate or relocate into the region in which I live and work is the many state and national parks that dot the landscape...within a one hour drive, there are at least a dozen parks from which to choose! And I mean large parks...hundreds of acres...thousands of acres!
The one I would like to highlight in this post is called French Creek State Park!
Comprising over 7300 acres, French Creek State Park offers for recreational opportunities:
Trails - Trail Biking - Horseback Riding - Picnicking - Swimming - Boating - Fishing - Hunting - Disc Golf - Orienteering - Wildlife Watching - Organized Group Cabin Camps - Organized Group Tenting - Cabins - Camping Cottages - Camping
There are over 30 miles of trails, 8 miles of horse trails, and 2 lakes...Scotts Run Lake, a cold water 22 acre lake, and Hopewell Lake, a 68 acre lake.
From my home in Douglassville, PA, I can be there in around 15 minutes! It is not just a huge forest in the country, but a very well equipped, well staffed, well managed recreational facility!
Its history is also impressive...Hopewell Furnace began producing iron for America in the late 18th Century...around 1771! Much of the iron was produced using charcoal that was acquired and produced by repeated timbering of the local forests...not until 1883, when the furnace closed, did the present mixed oak forests develop!
I believe that this resource is one of the 'best kept secrets' in our area...and represents an exciting and diversified recreational family opportunity!
Start planning now to explore the many recreational advantages that French Creek State Park has to offer! Here are some links to assist you in your planning!
For nearby attractions: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/notice.aspx?d=http://www.readingberkspa.com
Additional resources: http://www.schuylkillriver.org/default.aspx