Things To Do
Visitor Center: First stop should be at the park's Visitor Center. Inside are museum exhibits, restrooms, a bookstore, audio-visual programs and staff who can inform and orient visitors to the site.
Self-Guided Tour: Visitors can take a self-guided walking tour of the historic furnace community, enter its many buildings and visit the animals on the farm.
Living History Programs and Demonstrations: Programs are presented during summer months and during special events at other times of the year.
Picnic: Eat under the trees in the park's picnic area or spread out a blanket in the historic apple orchard.
Hike: Walk the many miles of blazed trails and historic roadways that travel through Hopewell and neighboring French Creek State Park.
Watch Wildlife: Enjoy bird watching, deer watching or looking for some of the more reclusive animal species that reside in the park.
Become a Junior Ranger: Children may participate in the park's Junior Ranger Program. Each child receives a booklet in which they answer questions and find important items while they tour the park. Upon completion of the booklet, each child receives a Junior Ranger badge.
Pick Apples: During September and October visitors are allowed to pick from the many historic varieties of apples in the orchard. A charge is collected for the amount of apples picked.
Did You Know?
The production of cast iron stoves was a mainstay of Hopewell Furnace's operations until 1844. The highpoint of Hopewell's production was in 1839 when 5,152 stoves were produced.