Scenic USA - Pennsylvania

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Scotts Run Lake

Scotts Run Lake - Pennsylvania

Photo by Fred Weyman
Fred Weyman Photography

     About halfway between Philadelphia and Harrisburg, French Creek State Park is one of six state parks found in the Schuylkill River Heritage Area. During the late 18th century, a young America produced iron in this area, using up Pennsylvania’s vast forests to make charcoal for the Hopewell Furnace.
     When the iron furnace closed in the late 1800s, the hardwood forest began a return to its former range and is now the largest section of contiguous forestland between Washington DC and New York City. Taking in the French Creek area, plus Scott Run Lake and Hopewell Lake, the 7700 acre park is one of the best water related parks in the area. The park offers plenty of other recreational activities as well, including disc golf and orienteering. Considered to be the orienteering capital on North America, French Creek Park has created a unique self-guide course to practice the use of a map and compass. Locating markers set up throughout the course, orienteering is a great way to polish your hiking skills, enjoy this natural setting and exercise the body and mind. Disc golf is another great family sport. Those that are good at throwing a Frisbee will do well on the park course after a little practice.
     With all the water features about, it naturally follows that fishing and boating are among the most popular sports in the park. This blazing autumn view on Scott Run Lake captures the golden glow of French Creek foliage. Here, anglers search for largemouth and smallmouth bass, walleye, northern pike and trout. One exceptional catch here by Robert Steelman in 1997 still holds the state record for a smallmouth bass.



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