This trail runs along Hopewell Lake and into the campgrounds of French Creek State Park. It has some single track, rock scrambles and hills. The loop is anywhere from 6 to 7 miles depending on where you end your run. It is a challenging run because its up and down. There are multiple places along the run where the views are incredible. Especially when running around Hopewell lake the trees are lake look beautiful when the leave change colors. This run will take a lot out of you physically but its not the most difficult.
What Makes It Great
This run has a lot to offer from the beautiful view of the lake to difficult technical trails back in the woods. The majority of this trail is shaded which makes it nice when it is sunny out. The hills in this run are long but not devastating there are however filled with rocks and roots so you have to watch your footing. There are multiple rock fields in the middle part of the loop that will catch you off guard if you do not look for them. When running the section past the lake there are multiple places where you can go to the waters edge and see the entire lake.
There is also a small man-made waterfall along this trail that is worth a look. Along the trail you will get to see nature, wildlife and free flowing water. These things make the run fun because your attention is always on something other than running. With this park being farther away from Philadelphia it offers a lot. From the Boone trail you could find multiple trails that go in all different directions. The Boone Trail is a great place for trail running farther away from the city.
Who is Going to Love It
People who like variety while running will enjoy this trail. It has sections that are flat and smooth then it has some uphill and downhill sections that are very technical. If you have been trail running for a while and are looking for a good run this should definitely be a destination. Just be prepared for a good workout with a lot of terrain changes in a small section of trails. It is a great place to spend a day trail running. You are likely to see people hiking and mountain biking on this trail.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Coming from the city you will need to get on to I-76 Westbound towards Valley Forge. Once on I-76 you will stay on I-76 and then take the exit for US-422 Westbound towards Pottstown. Stay on 422-W until you come to River Bridge Road where you will take a left. Then you will make a right on to 724-W. Once on 724-W turn left onto Shed Rd. You will then continue onto Crusher road and have to make a left back onto Shed Rd.Then you will make a left onto 345-S and then a right onto Park Rd. Once in the park you will continue until Hopewell Lakes parking lot. From the parking lot you will cross the road to and walk a little bit back the way you came and find the trail heading.