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French Creek State Park

843 Park Road
Elverson, PA 19520
6 Reviews
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The place is very nice. The trails and the lakes give plenty of activities. However it tends to get noisy, and it is infested with stink bugs. From the bathroom to the tent, and to our own home. The bathroom was cleaned every day, but after a few hours it was as packed with the stink bugs as if nobody ever had clean it. I had never seen that many stink bugs in my life. It actually became a nightmare when we were trying to leave. They were trying to get inside the car by the dozen, inside all the containers, and initially we though we only had to get them off the tent. However, when lifting the tent up to get it clean, we found hundreds of stink bugs underneath. They were also inside the external flaps of the tent. It took us 3 hours to clean and pack everything. After leaving the park we still kept seeing them coming out of the cracks in the car, so we stop in the car wash before getting home. After we got home they were still more coming out of the car, and we do not know how, we still had some inside the car. We had to unpack everything and check for stink bugs before bringing them inside the house. It has been a real nightmare. I just hope we can get rid of them all one day. The park should have at the very minimum an advisory about the infestation of stink bugs.

Received from Mariana for visit in Oct 2011

Site Number: B 24
Stay Again? NO
We used to be frequent campers of French Creek State Park, we stayed there NON HOLDAY weekends in July 2009, July 2008, July 2007 and June 2006 So this review is not based on one bad experience. We initially like French Creek State Park but after our experiences the last two years we will not be going back there. French Creek State Park itself is a nice park, but it has become noisy and the Park Rangers do not care if the noise is disturbing campers or not even after quiet hours. Like I wrote, my comment is not from an isolated experience; we have been going there for years and will not return. We have complained to ranger (when you could find one) and nothing is done. BTW by noise I am NOT talking about normal camping family noise. I am talking about AFTER QUITET HOURS; yelling, screaming, even one time a charismatic church revival with spot lights and a PA SYSTEM LOUD SPEAKER. We have camped for 13 years, started in a tent, moved up to a hybrid and now a TT and if you ask my children what quiet hours are they know the answer.

Received from William Searfoss for visit in Jul 2009

Site Number: C07
Stay Again? NO
Another very nice PA state park. Sites are roomy and many are pretty well sheltered from neighboring sites. All trailer sites have macadam pads which are reasonably level (I saw a few that would be challenging, though) and most have plenty of room for screen rooms. Facilities are kept clean and are nice. The park has two lakes -- Hopewell Lake (~70acres) and Scott's Run (~20acres) -- with beautiful scenery. The campground is some distance from the lake, so get a courtesy mooring pass to keep a canoe or kayak at the lake or be prepared to load and haul from the campground. There is a swimming pool and concession area. We were there off-season so didn't get to see much of that. Pool looks nice, though. Several play areas for kids, disc golf area and an orienteering course mapped out around the lake. A local orienteering club also hosts some special weekend events throughout the year. Plenty of well marked hiking trails throughout the park. Hopewell Furnace NHS is within the park and is worth a visit.

Received from J H for visit in Sep 2006

Site Number: None
Stay Again? YES
This is a nice PA state park. They have a loop open year around. That loop is also the pet loop. They have a number of activities including: a fishing lake, a swimming lake, disc golf, orienteering course and hiking trails. It is also near Hopewell Furnace National Historic Park which is worth a look. They demonstrate how cast iron is used to cast a stove door (last pic). Trout fishing was good in Scotts Run Lake on opening day. Orienteering course runs around the lake. Use their map and/or compass to find way points. They also have a nice pool and picnic area. Very nice state park.


Received from Ed H for visit in Aug 2003

Site Number: C43
Stay Again? NO
Nice fairly level sites. Showers were acceptable but not the cleanest. Slop sinks outside the restrooms for washing dishes was a pleasant surprise. New sites being built. I like boondocking so the sites were a little too closely spaced for my tastes.

Received from Greg for visit in May 2006

Site Number: None
Stay Again? YES
Nice level paved sites in a wooded campground some with 30 amp electric but none with water. We have a 30 ft class A and most of the sites would have been deep enough for us (park map says all sites are 45 ft long but some seemed a bit shorter). We had site C14 and it was spacious and offered some privacy. Pets are allowed in many sites in Loop C. Dumpstation is easy in and out with four dump ports but no potable water for filling your freshwater tank. There are freshwater spigots in the campsite loops. This was a very nice park not too far from Valley Forge National Historic Site.

Received from Anon for visit in May 2006

Site Number: C14
Stay Again? YES

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