Things To Know Before You Come
The park is fully open from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday as well as Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day and Veterans Day. Its visitor center and historic buildings are closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, and other federal holidays. The park's 12 miles of hiking trails (that interconnect with those of neighboring French Creek State Park), parking lots and restrooms are open everyday except on those federal holidays when the park is closed.
Extreme weather or emergency conditions may curtail these hours or cause the park to be unexpectedly closed for the day.
Access to the park's entrance road and parking lots is normally from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Except for the park's visitor center and historic buildings, visiting Hopewell Furnace is an outdoor experience. Touring the site includes walking historic roadways and footpaths while exposed to outdoor conditions. Comfortable seasonal clothing and walking shoes are recommended.
The park's visitor center and restrooms are handicap accessible. However, much of the historic area includes steep terrain, narrow historic doorways and numerous steps that can present transit difficulties and limit accessibility. Individuals with specific accessibility requirements are encouraged to contact the park in advance to discuss their needs.
There are no restaurant facilities in the park or its immediate vicinity. The visitor center offers vending snacks, soft drinks and water.
Pets are allowed in outdoor areas of the park so long as they are on leash. Only service animals are allowed inside park buildings.
Picnicking is allowed in the tabled picnic area beside our upper parking area, or in the nearby apple orchard. Picnicking is not allowed in the historic village area of the park.
Possession of firearms within the park is allowed with restrictions. For additional information please read the Laws and Policies section of this website.
A permit is required to conduct the following activities within Hopewell Furnace NHS:
The following activities are prohibited within Hopewell Furnace NHS:
Did You Know?
Men known as "Fillers" worked 12 hour shifts 7 days a week entering 400 - 500 lbs. of iron ore, 30 - 40 lbs. of limestone and 15 bushels of charcoal every half hour into Hopewell's furnace to keep it in "blast".