The last large, unbroken forest left in southeastern Pennsylvania,
Hopewell Big Woods is one of the most important natural areas in the region. Hopewell Big Woods is an exceptional resource with hundreds of plant and bird species, pristine forest, unique wetlands, and clean streams, providing open space, drinking water, and unique scenic, cultural, and natural resources.
This conservation area encircles French Creek State Park and the Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, and is greatly valued as an asset for public recreation. An expanse of over 73,000 acres, or 110 square miles, Hopewell Big Woods is a rarity in our landscape.
See the video below for incredible views of the Hopewell Big Woods from above and more details about the landscape and parks within the region.
The Hopewell Big Woods Partnership, led by Natural Lands Trust, is a group of over 30 government agencies, private non-profits, and municipal entities. The Partnership is seeking to conserve at least 4,000 acres of old growth, 15,000 acres of unbroken forest, and the watersheds supported by this forest.
Now Available: Hopewell Big Woods Trails and Recreation Concept Plan (PDF 3.5MB)
The Hopewell Big Woods Partnership
Berks County Conservancy
Cathie N. Whitlock
County of Berks
County of Chester
DCNR: Bureau of Recreation and Conservation, Bureau of State Parks, Bureau of Forestry and Office of Conservation Science
East Nantmeal Township
East Vincent Township
French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust
Green Valleys Association
Hay Creek Valley Historical Association
Hay Creek Watershed Association
Horseshoe Trail Club
Keystone Conservation Trust
Mrs. Eleanor Morris
National Park Service
Natural Lands Trust
North Coventry Township
Pennsylvania Game Commission
Pennsylvania Wildlife Federation
Schuylkill River Greenway Association
South Coventry Township
The Nature Conservancy
West Nantmeal Township
West Vincent Township