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Dates: 10/20/2017 - 10/22/2017
City / State: Elverson -- Hopewell Furnace/French Creek, PA
Event Name: State Parks Weekend II
Event Type: Walk
Event ID: 107958 
Distance - Trail Ratings: 10K/5K - 3C
Description: The walk is on the forest trails and roads throughout the Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site and French Creek State Park.
Amenities: Strollers: NO | Wheelchairs: NO | Pets: Yes | Restrooms: Yes
Special Programs: Boardwalks, Bridges - Spanning the USA, Honoring Our Flag, National Parks Centennial Challenge
Start Times: 8:30 am to 4 pm -- Sunday, 8:30 am to 1:00 pm
Location: Quality Inn - Pottstown PA
Start Point / Driving Directions: Registration is at the hotel on Friday and Saturday from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm; Sunday walkers may register starting at 8:30 am, but must finish by 1:00 pm. A special rate has been obtained for walkers at the Quality Inn for $60/night plus tax. This rate will also apply to walkers checking in on Thursday evening. Call 610-326-6700 for reservations and ask for Liberty Bell Wanderers rate. Reservations must be made by September 28th.
Awards & Fees: A Award
Comments: The Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site is an excellent example of an early American ironmaking community and features a cold-blast furnace restored to its 1830s appearance. Ore for the furnace was obtained from the local area. The iron produced was used to make many items including arms used by American patriots during the Revolutionary War period. From 1771 to 1883, the forest of French Creek State Park provided the lumber that was converted into tremendous amounts of charcoal to fuel Hopewell’s large blast furnace. Woodcutters chopped wood from the forest and colliers burned it in “hearths” to produce charcoal throughout the wooded hills surrounding the furnace. To sustain the furnace operations, the entire area now contained in French Creek State Park was timbered repeatedly to make charcoal. Today, large oak, poplar, hickory, maple and beech trees cover much of the park, with a sparse understory of mountain laurel, rhododendron and other brushy plants. Wetlands and pristine streams flowing through rich, damp creek valleys offer additional habitats for plants and animals. The park is an Important Bird Area and an Important Mammal Area as designated by the National Audubon Society.
Host Club: Chester County Red Rovers
Contact: Jeanne Marie Clancy (484) 432-8541
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