French Creek

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.04 out of 5
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Intermediate
18.0
miles

Singletrack
↑ 5,400 ft
↓ 4,600 ft
762
elevation (ft)

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Trail Description
About this trail
Rocky as balls. Loads of fun if you love rocks rocks rocks. It does have small sections of smooth trail in between rock gardens.


Grab a trail map from the trailhead and have fun!
Or check out a route in a guide book.

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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: Thinking about riding @ French Creek for my wife's 40th birthday. We met mountain biking 11 years ago and have made it the focus of our lives... till the kids came on scene, but that's a whole nuther support group. We only have a few hours to ride and could use some help. We are pretty technical, roots mostly, but rocks are cool too. We just moved to PA from WV and are loving the East Coast bouncy rooty think out your line riding here in this beautiful place... Any help for us to find the sweetest singletrack, would be appreciated. -John Sonnstedt

A: Boone trail to lenape to the trails east of rt.345 that is where the most technical parts are

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Reviews (23)
 

Bunny Hop

August 28, 2016
ed.kelly Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Very technical trail with lots of large rocks and steep inclines.

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Granny Gear

July 11, 2016
jje949 Granny Gear  
 
Review: This place is awesome, a trail map is a great help . Stop and get on at ranger station , map not perfect but definitely a big help along with common sense you will be fine . The rock gardens are challenging and totally fun. Downhills are worth the brutal / technical climbs the water bars kill making the climbs without stopping . I ride a Giant XTC 29er hardtail . I parked at shed rode and rode a lot on the east side , really liked six penny trail riding counter clockwise looping down towards ranger station then back towards parking lot . Plenty of trails to loop into and explore. You won't be sorry you came here . ENJOY

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Trailblazer

June 23, 2016
 
Review: Great spot to push your abilities. And a great place to deal with loose baby's head sized rocks.

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Trailblazer

January 2, 2016
Lenny R Trailblazer  
 
Review: Awesome riding, tons of trail systems. Lots of rocks, if u want to spend a day in the woods this is the place to. Lots of loops. However it's is pretty easy to get lost , because the trails are not marked too well, and it would b awesome to get a little trail maintenence crew together.

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Granny Gear

November 8, 2015
 
Review: Nice trails and lot more to do than what the map provide. However it is very very rocky

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Granny Gear

October 14, 2015
Superrod Granny Gear  
 
Review: What a dump..another PA Park Service afterthought. The state of PA just doesn't get it they do not understand that if you build it they will come. No No No No park rangers available..
To even provide you with a map not one map anywhere on the premises but yet 4 dept. trucks parked at the ranger office with the doors Locked at 9am in the morning on a Monday. They dump you on to some crummy area and give you some up and downs with no imagination no thought no personality. Others say this place is hard and rocky give me a break its a piece of cake a total joke in every way. I will not suggest where to go because I like to keep the good areas a secret so all you mountain bikers please rush to French Creek and knock yourself out

Similar Trail: Nothing is this stupid

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Granny Gear

August 9, 2015
krwcupa Granny Gear  
 
Review: Rocky as balls says it all. The map is a little hard to follow and the trails have too many offshoots that aren't marked clearly as to what hey are. I spent half the day trying to decipher the map (which was free and absolutely necessary and asking for directions). The downhills were superb, but climbing through a rock garden isn't my cup of tea. Maybe I'm not skilled enough, but this seemed a little too technical. I would ride it again, but don't know if it will be soon.

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Gnarly

May 1, 2015
djf500 Gnarly  
 
Review: French is very rocky with some flow sections, nice down hills and some very serious climbs. Good combination of technical and fun. The trails are not super well marked but it's also not that hard to figure out a good loop (not many intersections). Standard loop is 9-10 miles but if you start adding in other trails, you can easily get 20 plus.

Similar Trail: Mt. Penn (French is less challenging and easier to navigate than Mt. Penn)

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Bunny Hop

April 29, 2015
 
Review: Just too many rocks for my liking - but there are some sweet sections of smoother singletrack...like the Orange Blaze trail...unfortunately, just when you get your mojo groove on, you hit another ridiculous rock garden.

On the positive side - there is a lot of mileage and good challenging climbing to be had here!

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Gramcounter

January 16, 2015
Camkass97 Gramcounter  
 
Review: Great place to start riding, as long as you're in shape! The many lakes and creeks in the park make it an enjoyable ride. Check to make sure the bike you will be riding is capable of doing lots of rocks. Although there are several steep parts, the majority of the inclines are moderate but Rocky. The landscape is almost all deciduous trees which makes it easy to spot fellow bikers on the other trails while riding in winter. Some of the trails are hard to follow but most are well marked. Swatara State Park has more log hops and switchbacks, sharp turns and drops, but not nearly the level of rocky fun you'll encounter at French Creek. Very fun place to ride.

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French Creek MTB Trail 4.04 out of 5 based on 23 ratings. 23 user reviews.
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