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Dates: 1/2/2019 - 12/31/2019
City / State: Elverson, PA
Event Name: Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site & French Creek State Park
Event Type: Year Round Walk
Event ID: 113364 2019/Y2459
Distance - Trail Ratings: 10k/5k - 1A
Description: During the 18th and 19th centuries, the Warwick/French Creek region of Chester and Berks Counties was home to a vibrant iron industry. Iron furnaces or plantations dotted the landscape, supported by local charcoal hearths. In 1771, Mark Bird built Hopewell Furnace. During the Revolutionary War, PA furnaces, including Hopewell, played a critical role in supplying the army of the fledgling USA. In 1935, Hopewell Furnace was sold to the federal government and designated as a National Historic Site in 1938. Hopewell Furnace was restored to its current splendor by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site is surrounded on three sides by French Creek State Park. Once a thriving industrial complex, French Creek State Park is a 7,916-acre natural, recreational center. Walkers will walk along a section of the historic Horseshoe Trail, which runs for 140 miles from Valley Forge to the Appalachian Trail north of Harrisburg. Park is open on Federal Holidays with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Day, M. L. King Day and Presidents Day. The park is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday all year long. During the Summer season, the park is open 7 days per week 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Amenities: Strollers: None | Wheelchairs: None | Pets: Yes | Restrooms: Yes
Special Programs: Bridges - Spanning the USA, National Parks Centennial Challenge, Treasure Hunt - A way to walk our precious trails
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Location: Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site
Start Point / Driving Directions: 2 Mark Bird Lane Elverson PA 19520 (610-582-8773) Take PA Route 100 North and travel 9 miles to PA Route 23. Turn left onto Route 23 West and travel 7 miles to PA Route 345. Turn right onto Route 345 North and travel 4 miles to the park entrance.
Awards & Fees: IVV Credit Only
Host Club: Chester County Red Rovers
Contact: Jeanne Marie Clancy (484) 432-8541
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