At 7730-acres, French Creek State Park is the largest block of contiguous forested area between Washington DC and New York City. These lands started their existence as an industrial complex during the early 1800s, with several remnants of those old structures still populating the area. Hiking is a favorite here in French Creek State Park, with more than 35 miles of trails for visitors to check out.
These well-marked paths offer a wide variety of opportunities for guests to stretch their legs, study nature, and test themselves physically. Dogs are free to accompany their owners on hikes, provided they stay on a leash no longer than six feet in length. No dog stations exist, so all owners should be prepared to clean up any messes that their pets might leave behind.
For the convenience of the guests of the park, there are multiple parking areas located adjacent to the various trailheads, so that you can plan a custom day trip. French Creek State Park contains two bodies of water, the 68-acre Hopewell Lake, and the 22-acre Scotts Run Lake. Both of these lakes allow electric motors and offer optional mooring available upon request.
All vessels on these lakes must display up to date registration, as well as a launching permit from the state of Pennsylvania. These are usually available at every state park office. If you're looking to get your dog on the water, this is allowed as long as guests use their best judgment and keep their dogs on a leash. There a small swimming pool just adjacent to Hopewell Lake that's open to the public throughout the summer months.
The pool is right on the shore and provides excellent sunset views for visitors of the French Creek State Park. Lifeguard staff is regularly present. A small fee is required to access this pool, and canines are strictly prohibited. There are 60 primitive camping sites that can be reserved as well, up to six months in advance. Please visit the Pennsylvania State Parks' website for more info.