There's a puptacular trail in southeastern Pennsylvania where you and your four-footed friend can explore the forests, fields, and wetlands of the area. Check out the Horse-Shoe Trail - Warwick to French Creek State Park section to follow pathways that originally connected iron forges and furnaces in the state. Hike along scenic spots in by French Creek and through part of the Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site as you follow this 17.4-mile portion of the National Recreation Trail.
There's a parking lot for the South Birdsboro Parking Lot on the northwest side of French Creek State Park where you can pick up the trail. Follow the pathway as it snakes through the forest and around Scott's Run and Hopewell Lakes. You'll enter the Hopewell Furnace property and pass by the furnace complex and a few other landmarks. The route then heads into State Game Land 43 and the Crow's Nest Preserve. Watch for deer, game birds, and other resident wildlife. This natural area includes some historical farmhouse and barn buildings. Continue on to Warwick County Park.
As long as your pooch is secure on a leash, they can join you on your hike. This is a multi-use route, so you might see bikers and horseback riders when you visit here. Yield to the right side when others want to pass. Pack disposal bags for Fido's waste, and carry water with you.
Wander through the Hopewell Big Woods in the Schuylkill Highlands of Pennsylvania on the Horse-Shoe Trail. When you hike the pathway from French Creek State Park to Warwick County Park, you'll be able to cross through forests, wetlands, and meadows. Check out the historical sites along the way. There are campgrounds in the state park where you can set up camp for the night. If you're traveling through the game lands during gun season, wear blaze orange to alert hunters of your presence.