The 15th Annual
French Creek Iron Tour
Cycling for Open Space
The Iron Tour team is gearing up for the 15th annual ride that will take place on Sunday, June 11, 2017. Check back for more details over the next few weeks. Our goal is to open registration around January 18.
This is an exciting year. By participating in this year's Iron Tour, you will be a part of the 50th Anniversary celebration of the French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust, the sole beneficiary of the Iron Tour. Volunteers started the Iron Tour 15 years ago to provide funds for the Trust to further its mission of protecting land in northern Chester County.
In 1967, Eleanor and Sam Morris' love of the land in the watersheds of the French and Pickering Creeks guided them to establish the Trust. Over the 50 years since its inception, the Trust has permanently protected more than 12,000 acres of agricultural, natural and park lands and created greenways and trails along the two creeks.
Historically important lands are included in those 12,000 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. A year ago, the Trust 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. Join us in celebrating this aspect of our country's history and the many accomplishments of the Trust during its 50-year history. Mark your calendars for June 11. Ride, volunteer, sponsor, and be a part of the celebration.