French Creek State Park - Trail, Morgantown, Pennsylvania

French Creek State Park - Trail, Morgantown, Pennsylvania

DESCRIPTION

Network of trails on well-maintained state park land. Maps provided at ranger station. Some trails closed to MTB (reserved for hiking). Various loops can be done from 4mi to 25mi in total. Good mix of trails - with the singletrack variety you'd expect out of a hilly Pennsylvania region. Addl nicies: popular tent camping in the park, couple of lakes, cabins for rent (call 1 year in advance)

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 29, 2013]
tim_from_PA
Weekend Warrior

Excellent singletrack with plenty of rocks. Plenty of climbing but you are rewarded with some sweet downhills, Mill Creek is especially good if ridden clockwise. Beware that the undergrowth in the recent forest fire area is very thick, and some of the trails are overgrown due to this. Also some of the trails are built in water drainage areas. Overall 5 stars though for the fact that these trails are natural with little to no manicured sections

Customer Service

I generally park at Scott Run Lake and go from there. Lenape, Mill Creek, Boon, and Turtle trails are all good.

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 27, 2013]
Jeff
Cross Country Rider

Lots of rock gardens. If it's rained in the past few days, those rocks gardens will be very slippery. I usualy start at shed road parking lot and take the green trail>blue trail>yellow trail>back to blue>back to green>car

Pretty good map here

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OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 18, 2012]
tmxownrsgrp
Cross Country Rider

I ride XC, DH, RD. For over 20 years. Just had a great family camping trip @French Creek Park. We rode the trails east of the park grounds. My rig is an Ellsworth Moment, this was great for the decent (very rocky, square edge & points).

If you have every ridden the harder trails at Ringwood NJ or Jungle Habitat NJ you will be prepared for what is in French Creek. The trails west of the camp sites have more flow and less rock.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Mar 11, 2012]
Jhamm12
Weekend Warrior

I rode French Creek both days this weekend, I am a bit spoiled because I live less than 1/10 of a mile from it, so I have significant experience riding there. I have to agree with the previous review there was substancial downed trees everywhere, most likely from that freak snow storm earlier in the year. Hopefully in the next couple of weeks they will start to maintain the trails as the weather stays nicer. My route of choice is if you enter the park on firetower road there will be a parking area on the left where the Boone trail and Horseshoe intersect. The Boone trail continues on the right side of the road, there is a nice downhill section that drops you off on firetower rd again. Continue on the Boone trail(blue), be careful there is a bridge that is half falling down I had to walk the bike across, and a uphill climb through some rocky patches. You will then pick up the Horseshoe trail(yellow) taking a left, there is a nice downhill section leading to Scott's Run Lake from that point I pick up the Lenape trail(green) and do the entire Lenape loop. It is marked as only hiking in spots but I have never been bothered by rangers about riding on it. If you like a longer route when you get over past Hopewell Furnace there is the Raccoon trail, Buzzard trail and Mill Creek trails. Most of these routes are all uphill until you reach Shed road. Be ready for lots of rock gardens and some technical riding. My bike of preference is a full suspension more all mountain setup but I do ride it with my xc full suspension and a hard tail every so often to knock the dust off of it.

Customer Service

Firetower road enterance, Boone trail to Horseshoe trail to Lenape Trail. For longer tour add Mil Creek, Raccoon or Buzzard loops, but by that time your legs will be pretty well burnt out.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Mar 09, 2012]
Champpron
Weekend Warrior

Rode French Creek yesterday, started at 345 & Shed road, Took Mill Creek trail, white with red stripe. Long up hill battle in the beginning with tons of rocks. The decent was ok but rock garden after rock garden,and i am not talking about small rocks either. Actually wiped out on the way down. The trail had a lot of down trees on the path and not possible to log hop them, trail needs some work. Probolay because of the down trees I ended up off the trail and on Sycmore Road not far from Blackwood golf course, at the bottom of the mountain. I was going to take the trail back but it was a little too rocky for my taste and I was at the bottome of the mountain and only had about 1/2 of light left. So took Shed road back, had to walk half of it since it is a brutal climb.

Customer Service

Started at 345 & Shed Rd, Mill creek trail, tons of ROCKS and mor ROCKS

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OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 02, 2009]
jbgilm
Cross Country Rider

After riding some of these trails once in April 2009, I think powerful brakes may be more important than 5 inches of travel. We parked in the Shed Rd. lot, crossed the road, and followed Mill Creek Trail up the hill. At the peak, Mill Creek Tr divides; we went left, which goes takes a fairly steep, winding, and VERY rocky path down the other side of the hill. In places you can really fly, and it's a lot of fun bouncing over the rocks, but be prepared to slow down fast, as there are some sudden curves. That's where the good brakes come in. Once we got to the bottom, we came back up on the Raccoon Trail. Of the routes back up the hill, this one seems to be the least steep and least rocky. This is a great set of trails, and I'll be back.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Feb 28, 2009]
Old Boy Tom
Downhiller

Do you have a pair? If the answer is yes, then come ride this these trails. Know how to use your ROCk shock and hop the boulders and enjoy the 20 plus miles of trail. If rocks aren't your bag, there are plenty of miles of smooth single track also. Don't shy away from this trail if you have a hardtail; you'll appreciate your hardtail coming out of the many dips and valleys on these trails. If your a full suspension guy like me, then never slow down unless you like the taste of dirt! Be ready for a work out! So zone out and have a blast!

Customer Service

I like putting in off Firetower Road. This gets you away from the crowd. Be sure and study the trail map, unless you have time to get lost. If you do get lost, just keep riding and you may find yourself in The Elysian Fields.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jun 18, 2008]
Herbster1970
Weekend Warrior

Just went to a hardtail 29er, from a full suspension rig. Don't get me wrong, I love the bike - rides like a dream, but you have to attack the creek differently, you spend more time off the seat using your legs as shock absorbers - because this place has got ROCKS!! I'm kind of spoiled, I only live 20 minutes away, and this place has all I need, so I don't have much to go on by ways of comparison. That said, guys I have talked to and ridden with say that other places (Jim Thorpe, Brandywine, De.) which require a longer drive are no better and not as technical - so why waiste my time driving?

Customer Service

Mill Creek Lane is a bear! A mile in you come to a fork; if you go left, you'll go straight down the mountain - watch out for the switch-backs!! You'll come around in a big loop and go up two legthy rock creeks - your legs will be fried. In between the hill and the rock-creeks are creeks and jumps and some of the best terrain you could ask for, but to get there you have to earn it; because whichever way you decide to go when you come to that fork, right or left, you're gonna feel it. Basically, you have to decide whether you want to tackle the rock-creeks uphill, or the steep side of the mountain uphill. Good luck!!

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Lenape trail is another good one (green). Take it down to Scott's Lake, and hop on the blue trail (forget the name) and take it around the lake. Not quite as brutal as Mill Creek, but a blast with some great straightaways to pick up a head of steam in between some narrow switch-backs!! You'll have a blast! Good riding!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jun 01, 2008]
jamie_a4
Downhiller

ARRRRGGGGHHHH only real men can ride a ridged here, no sissy suspension needed here!!!!...... Just kidding, I,ve been riding here since my BMX days, about 20 years. I rode a full ridged Canondale for many years..... AND I RIPPED IT UP (once again please note sarcasm). Now I ride a damn near full downhill bike here and it's incredible, sure it's a ittle slow on the up but hey you get a better work out. Then the trail goes down and I don't care if your He-Man and Skeletor's love child your gonna have more fun on a squishy bike. If you live near here and like riding a bike, you should really check this place out. Do you need a full suspension? No, but it helps. When you consider where this place is it deserves a 5 overall.

Customer Service

The runs coming down from the firetower and the area west of 345.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Mar 15, 2008]
m29er
Cross Country Rider

Def the best tech dirt in southeast PA. All natural..def the spot to check your rock steez. read the reviews, people are scared of this place. Grew up riding the crick, broke some bones, learned the way. Ridden california and back and can't stay away from this place. nirvana on wheels. People say you need a 5+ squishie...i have to disagree, me and my crew kill it on 29ers. it's not for the faint of heart but will blow yours up. it's the spot to check on any sunday moring right after the sun comes up, shed rd...if your scared, go to church...

Customer Service

mill point to the fire tower drop.....it's all good. stay off your brakes in the courners though.....they shut down our lanes due to poor riding ability

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wiss @ night, ski denton all summer long...

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
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