Mark your calendar now for next year’s

French Creek Iron Tour

on Sunday, June 9, 2019.

Thank you to all of the riders, sponsors, volunteers and staff for making the 16th Annual French Creek Iron Tour a successful event. The proceeds directly support the mission of the French & Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust to preserve, steward, and connect people to the land in northern Chester County. We hope the riders enjoyed seeing the ‘Preserved Forever” signs placed on the lands that have already been protected by French & Pickering. Because of your involvement, more “Preserved Forever” signs will appear in the future.

Look for registration to open around mid-January.  The 17th Annual French Creek Iron Tour will have some new features.

FP Marshlands picture

Call to Action

Preserving the Valley

In 2015, French & Pickering undertook the largest land preservation project in its history — preserving the valley through which the South Branch of the French Creek flows. We were able to secure significant contributions from various governmental bodies and non-profits. In addition, generous conservationists stepped up to purchase — with easements — the bulk of the property, eliminating 100 building lots. However, we absorbed over $1,200,000 in costs. Saving the valley from a massive housing development, with the cars and traffic it would bring and the environmental damage it would cause to the important South Branch of the French Creek, was too important not to proceed.

Iron Tour cyclists enjoy riding past the scenic valley and stopping for refreshments at the site.  Imagine how different their view would be if the valley hadn't been saved.  

Now we must seek help to move forward and strengthen our financial reserves in expectation of other opportunities that may arise. We are starting a campaign to raise the amount needed and have already received a few significant pledges to build a matching gift fund.

Please help us continue to preserve, steward, and connect people to the land in northern Chester County by donating below.  We thank you for your contribution.  Please enjoy the vistas as you ride past them on the Iron Tour.








Comments on the 2018 Tour

Here’s what some riders had to say about their 2018 Iron Tour experience: 

The course was a little challenging at times, but the scenery was magnificent as we rolled thru the beautiful countryside with the old farms, little villages and covered bridges. Each rest stop was staffed by a terrific bunch of volunteers who were extremely helpful.

I love this ride. Excellent markings, great roads, yummy frequent treats, and plentiful happy helpful volunteers. One of my favorite rides.

Thanks for everything! This is the most beautiful ride I do. Thanks for doing everything so well.

Thanks to all the volunteers and everyone who made it happen. A date always marked on my calendar for the last 5 years and next year will be 6!

Awesome! I loved everything about the tour! It was incredibly well organized. The volunteers were terrific, the course was beautiful and very well marked. There were ample supplies at the rest stops. The fire police at the busy intersections were an added bonus. And the post ride food was delicious. I liked that you had your conservancy signs on the protected property along the route. It made me feel good to see so much permanently protected land. I look forward to attending again next year.

Photos of 2018 French Creek Iron Tour

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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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