The 16th Annual

French Creek Iron Tour

Cycling for Open Space

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Cycle through historic iron furnace country and have a blast!  French & Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust preserves open space where iron blast furnaces and forges served as cornerstones of industry in colonial Pennsylvania - hence "Iron Tour."

When you ride in the French Creek Iron Tour, you have a direct impact on the preservation of the scenic countryside that surrounds you.  Since 1967, French & Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust has protected 12,500 acres of agricultural, natural and park lands and created greenways and trails along the two creeks. Historically important lands are included in those 12,500 acres.  The Revolutionary War might have had a different outcome if it were not for the many iron furnaces in northern Chester County at that time.  The French & Pickering has permanently protected the Warwick Furnace that supplied cannonballs to General Washington's army.  It is this significant history that gives the French Creek Iron Tour its name.  It is not an Ironman event but rather a tribute to the area's impact on the history of our country.  The routes of the Iron Tour will take you to the Warwick Furnace, Hopewell Furnace and near the Hibernia Iron Works.  

With courses ranging from 11 to 100 miles, there's something for everyone.  And if you're not a cyclist, volunteer and/or be a sponsor - be a part of the fun.

Registration will close at 1600 riders or at 5 p.m., June 7, whichever comes first.  There will be no day-of-event registration.  Registration is non-refundable, and the ride takes place rain or shine.  

The Bike Shops Providing SAG Support

Thanks to our 2018 Sponsors

Chris Stoner, Chris Stoner

Thanks Also to Our Contributors

Sopema Trading LLC


Our mission is to preserve, steward, and connect people to the land in northern Chester County.


The 2018 Iron Tour Jersey - order one on the Jerseys page

This year's jersey is an original design by Cynthia Oswald, based on Deb Kuhn's original illustration. The tree, re-imagined here, is the co-champion for biggest White Oak Tree in the Commonwealth. Dubbed "Anna's Oak" in homage to Anna Nutt, original Iron Master of the furnace at Warwick, this gorgeous oak anchors the newly preserved lands along the headwaters of the French Creek. Permanently protected in 2016, the Thomas P. Bentley Preserve at Warwick Furnace owes its thanks to you, the community, for your commitment to preserve, steward, and connect people to the land in northern Chester County.

Early Registration

Register by 5:00 p.m. on May 25 and receive a free Iron Tour t-shirt.  Registration until that time is $50; registration after that time will be $65 with no t-shirt.

Recycle A Bike!

Clean out your basement or garage, put your old bicycles to good use, and help a worthy cause – all at the same time!  

Bring your used bikes to the French Creek Iron Tour on June 10, 2018 to help the Boys and Girls Clubs.  

Visit for more information.


Refer to the FAQ page or contact French & Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust at 610-933-7734 or by email 

French & Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust
 511 Kimberton Road
 Phoenixville, PA  19460

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