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Pennsylvania whitewater, French Creek

Chester county, Route 100 to French Creek Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II     7 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Pennsylvania is often easier than elsewhere, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less demanding. The Route 100 to French Creek Road stretch of French Creek in Pennsylvania is 7 miles long and it is classified as a class II section by American Whitewater. The wonderful Chester County scenery and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are reasons enough to come
    here and paddle. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. If you'll be staying in a hotel you're in luck, lodging is available very near the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all
set. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Reading, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. This is a pretty decent length section, it's perfect for a one day trip. This is one of a small number of paddling stretches in this river system, there are a few others too. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots.

Briefly about the general
 
area:
Take a hike on the Lenade Trail, and if you're here you will meet lots of people from close by Birchrunville. Why not take a refreshing hike along the Buzzard Trail, and what would winter be without some skiing at Spring Mountain. The surroundings of this river have so much to offer. At French Creek all through the summertime months highs are in the 80's. Summer nighttime lows dip down to the 60's. The wintertime brings highs down to the 30's while the cold winter nights at French Creek are in the 10's. French Creek is a reasonably wet place ordinarily with lots of rain. May is the month that gets the most rain while February is typically the driest month.

French Creek, Route 100 to French Creek Road road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near French Creek.
 Whitewater Near French Creek:
French Creek, Chester County, 2 miles away
      Class II - 7 miles long (Route 100 to French Creek Road)
Brandywine Creek - East Branch, Chester County, 12 miles away
      Class I-II - 21.1 miles long (Pennsylvania Route 82 to Pennsylvania Route 842)
Brandywine Creek, Chester County, 12 miles away
      Class I - 11 miles long (Lenape Pennsylvania to Thompson Bridge Road Delaware)
Brandywine Creek - West Branch, Chester County, 14 miles away
      Class I-III - 6.6 miles long (Icedale Road to Pennsylvania 340)
Brandywine Creek - West Branch, Chester County, 14 miles away
      Class I-III - 6.6 miles long (Icedale Road to Pennsylvania 340)
Brandywine Creek - West Branch, Chester County, 15 miles away
      Class I - 12 miles long (Mortonville to Lenape)
Brandywine Creek - West Branch, Chester County, 15 miles away
      Class III - 6.6 miles long (Pennsylvania 340 to Mortonville)
Buck Run, Chester County, 17 miles away
      Class II - 4 miles long (Doe Run Church Road to Brandywine Confluence)
Red Clay Creek, New Castle County, 18 miles away
      Class I-II - 10.5 miles long (Marshall Bridge Road to Route 41)
Brandywine Creek, New Castle County, 18 miles away
      Class III - 8 miles long (Thompson Bridge Road to Market Street)
 Ski Areas Near French Creek:
Spring Mountain, Pennsylvania , 15 miles away, 420 foot drop, 6 lifts, 9 runs
Bear Creek, Pennsylvania , 17 miles away, 510 foot drop, 7 lifts, 21 runs
Blue Marsh, Pennsylvania , 36 miles away, 315 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Blue Mountain, Pennsylvania , 36 miles away, 1082 foot drop, 9 lifts, 33 runs
Big Boulder, Pennsylvania , 47 miles away, 475 foot drop, 7 lifts, 16 runs
Jack Frost, Pennsylvania , 51 miles away, 600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 21 runs
Camelback, Pennsylvania , 51 miles away, 800 foot drop, 15 lifts, 34 runs
Mount Airy Lodge, Pennsylvania , 55 miles away, 250 foot drop, 3 lifts, 6 runs
Alpine Mountain, Pennsylvania , 58 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 21 runs
Shawnee Mountain, Pennsylvania , 61 miles away, 700 foot drop, 9 lifts, 23 runs
 Hotels Near French Creek:
Days Inn Pottstown, Pottstown , 4 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Pottstown, Pottstown , 5 miles away
Quality Inn Pottstown, Pottstown , 5 miles away
HGI Exton West Chester, Exton , 5 miles away
Wyndham Garden Exton Valley Forge, Exton , 5 miles away
 Campgrounds Near French Creek:
Water World, Phoenixville, 6 miles away
Warwick Woods Campgrounds, Elverson, 6 miles away
Warwick Woods Family Camping Resort, Saint Peters, 6 miles away
 Trails Near French Creek:
Buzzard Trail, Chester , 8 miles away
Lenade Trail, Berks , 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near French Creek:
Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Bethlehem - PA , 30 miles away
New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route, Newport - NJ , 57 miles away
Brandywine Creek State Park, Delaware , 19 miles away
Bellevue State Park, Delaware , 22 miles away
Fort Delaware State Park, Delaware , 30 miles away
 Golf Courses Near French Creek:
Bellewood Golf Club, Pottstown , 4 miles away
Spring Ford Country Club, Spring City , 4 miles away
Coventry Golf Range, Pottstown , 5 miles away
 Lakes Near French Creek
Trout Run Reservoir, Berks , 10 miles away
Milltown Reservoir, Chester , 12 miles away
Birdsboro Reservoir, Berks , 13 miles away

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