Just northwest of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania outdoor adventurers love the French Creek State Park! This contiguous forest spreads over 7,730-acres, and features plenty to keep your furry explorer busy.
Got a hiker hound? With over 35 miles of trails in the park, your pup is sure to find the pawfect path. From the 1-mile Kalmia Trail through the forest, to the 6-mile Boone Trail that takes you past all the major attractions, there's a trail for every type of hiker. If your dog can handle sharing the trail with horses, you can even tackle the 130-mile Horse Shoe Trail that passes both lakes. With picnic tables and areas near Hopewell Lake, and scattered throughout the park, you can easily find a spot to take a break and have a relaxing snack or meal.
While there's no swimming allowed at either lake, water lovers can enjoy a day on the water at Hopewell Lake or Scotts Run Lake. Bring your own registered boat, or rent one between Memorial and Labor Days, and on May and September weekends. Licensed fishermen can enjoy catching cold water species such as trout in Scotts Run Lake, or bass, walleye or northern pike in Hopewell Lake with their best pup by their side. For those who can brave the cold, there's also ice fishing and ice skating, and skiing too!
Make it a vacation and sleep under the stars with your dog! Reserve a campsite with access to toilets, showers and electric hookups. There's even a cabin that allows canine furiends to lounge in comfort with their human pals. While entrance is free to the park, there are fees to stay overnight.
Your dog will love a day at this sprawling natural wonderland! While exploring, be sure you keep your dog in day-use areas, on marked trails, and in dog-friendly camping areas only. Dogs should be leashed at all times. Before heading to the park, make sure their ID and vaccinations are current, including rabies. Always have clean-up bags on hand, and leave nothing behind. Water bottles and bowls can be refilled at various restrooms near camping areas and the lakes.
For a furbulous day, you and your pup will love roaming the forest at the French Creek State Park!