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French Creek State Park · Marsh Creek State Park · Struble Lake · Lancaster County, PA
French Creek State Park - website
French Creek State Park is a 7,526-acre (30.46 km2) Pennsylvania State Park in North Coventry and Warwick Townships in Chester County and Robeson and Union Townships in Berks County, Pennsylvania in the United States. It straddles northern Chester County and southern Berks County along French Creek. The park is the home of two lakes: Hopewell Lake, a 68-acre (0.28 km2) warm water lake, and Scotts Run Lake, a 22-acre (0.09 km2) cold water lake. The state record smallmouth bass was caught in Scotts Run Lake. There are extensive forests, and almost 40 miles (64.4 km) of hiking and equestrian trails. The park is also friendly to mountain bikers, having some renowned technical trails. Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, which features a cold-blast furnace restored to its 1830s appearance, is surrounded by the park. The Six Penny Day Use Area and Group Camp are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. French Creek State Park is located off of Pennsylvania Route 345 to the south of Birdsboro. Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Hunting and fishing
The lakes at French Creek State Park offer two varieties of fishing. Scotts Run Lake is a cold water fishery. It is stocked with trout by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. Hopewell Lake is a warm water fishery. The common game fish caught in the lake are muskellunge, walleye, northern pike, chain pickerel and largemouth and smallmouth bass. Both lakes are open to ice fishing, weather permitting.
Boating and swimming
The lakes are not open to swimming. A pool at nearby Hopewell Lake is open daily from 11:00am until 7:00pm from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
Disc golf and orienteering
French Creek State Park is considered by some as the "Orienteering Capital of North America". A permanent course is set up at the park. The goal is to find markers within the park by using a map and a compass. Maps are available at the park office.
Marsh Creek State Park - website
Marsh Creek State Park is a 1,705 acre (6.90 km2) Pennsylvania State Park in Upper Uwchlan and Wallace Townships, Chester County, Pennsylvania in the United States. The park is the location of the 535 acre (2.16 km2) man made Marsh Creek Lake. The lake is a stop for migrating waterfowl. Marsh Creek State Park is two miles (3.22 km) west of Eagle on Pennsylvania Route 100.
Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Struble Lake - website
Located in Chester County, Struble Lake is a 386-acre impoundment owned by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and managed by the Fish and Boat Commission for public fishing and boating.
Fish habitat structures have been placed in the lake over the years as part of the Commission's Cooperative Fish Habitat Improvement Program.
A surfaced launch ramp and loading dock is available. There is a gravel parking lot that can accommodate at least 10 vehicles, and some limited lakeside parking.
Un-powered boats may be moored at the lake in accordance with Commission property regulations. To be used at the lake, boats must be registered or have a valid launch permit (permits are issued by the Commission or PA Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources).
Source: Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
Lancaster County, PA
Lancaster County and the scenic Pennsylvania Dutch Country is an area that visitors have grown to love. Here you'll discover Amish communities where life moves at a slower pace and centers around time-honored traditions and values. You'll find beautiful scenery dotted with one-room schoolhouses and wooden covered bridges, modern farm machinery being pulled behind four-and six-mule teams, homemade clothing and quilts gently blowing in the breeze, and where you'll hear the clip-clop of horses' hooves echoing down quiet country roads.
The relaxing atmosphere, the peaceful scenery, and the variety of our many unique attractions and family activities have made Lancaster County one of America's favorite vacation destinations. Over five million people visit Lancaster County each year. Many people return here year after year because they find Lancaster County so special.
Wherever you go here you'll find Pennsylvania Dutch hospitality and individualized attention. So, let's take a look at much of what awaits you here in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
The Amish & The Plain People
Amish man walking to his buggyThe numerous Amish and plain communities here give this area a whole different ambience. These people as a whole are not as materialistic as modern society today. Instead, they adhere to more traditional ways and family values. Their influence is felt throughout our local society.
As you see these plain people working in their fields or clip-clopping down a country road in their horse and buggy, don't just rush by. Instead, take time to reflect on the values that make them so "different". There is a lot to be said for their slower-paced lifestyle.
There are numerous places here where you can learn more about the Amish culture and faith, tour Amish homes, a farm, and a one-room schoolhouse, and take auto tours, bus tours, and even Amish buggy rides to learn more about the Amish way of life. Check out our list of resources.
This 'Amish Country' is far more than just the Amish. Visitors are surprised to find out how diverse this area really is. We have attractions and entertainment for all ages and interests. Nestled in among the Amish farms and our country villages are activities just waiting to be discovered!
Where else can you ride in an Amish buggy, whip around on a roller coaster, ride an historic steam locomotive, play a round of championship golf, tour an operating farm, enjoy a peaceful hot air balloon ride, and take in a broadway play all in the same day?
And there's more. You can tour a former Amish schoolhouse, enjoy challenging miniature golf or waterslides, go tubing down a quiet country river, visit an outdoor petting zoo, and bicycle through the Amish farmlands. Experience the fantasy of bygone days and knights and relive toy train displays like those you enjoyed as a child.
We're just scratching the surface. Here in the Dutch Country you'll find attractions and points of interest that appeal to groups, families, and even the kids.
Directions to Heatherbrook - Morgantown, Berks County, PA:
106 Heather Way, Morgantown, PA 19543
From Exton: Rt. 401W cross Rt. 100 approx. 12 miles. Turn left onto 23W and travel approx 1.5 miles to left on Valley Rd. (Sheetz market) Community entrance on right. Located in the Valley Ponds neighborhood. Follow signs to Models.
From PA Turnpike: Exit 298, 10 South to 23 East, 1.5 miles to right on Valley Rd. (Sheetz market) Community entrance on right. Located in the Valley Ponds neighborhood. Follow signs to Models. Location Map
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