French Creek Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,074' 327 m
Descent: -1,078' -329 m
High: 981' 299 m
Low: 522' 159 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)
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“An enjoyably technical ride with some rocky sections as it travels through the woods at French Creek State Park.”— Alex Zielke
Family Friendly Camping, boating, and other activities can be found in this area, which makes this a great part of a family visit.
The Turtle Trail loops through a quiet and isolated section of woods on the western edge of the park. After a few miles, continue straight at the intersection with the Boone Trail. The blue blazes soon turn to the north, where riders will encounter technical steeps and lots of rocks. You'll also cross some wooden bridges and roads along the way.
Eventually, the Boone Trail overlaps with the Horse-Shoe Trail: French Creek State Park for a short distance. Where the two separate, continue straight to follow the yellow blazes. Look for the start of the Six Penny Trail on the right and follow the orange blazes for an easy ride. Note that much of this trail is closed to bikes so turn right on the Six Penny - Boone Trail Connector when you near Campground #3.
Briefly follow the Boone Trail again and then make the right to follow the Lenape Trail for a fun descent marked with green blazes. When you meet Scott's Run Road for the second time, follow it toward the dam at the edge of the lake. This makes a great spot for a break and it also provides nice views as your pedal above the water.
On the other side, continue on Horse-Shoe Trail: French Creek State Park until it overlaps with the Boone Trail. At the next intersection, turn left to follow the white blazes of the Turtle Trail up a rock garden climb. At the top, turn right for a quick out-and-back on the Ridge Trail to a nice scenic view near the fire tower.
One back at the intersection, descend the blue-blazed Boone Trail to the west. At the last intersection before reaching the road, continue straight on the Horse-Shoe Trail: French Creek State Park until it reaches the pavement. Turn right and continue down to where you left your car.
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