Virtual Visitor Center

Hopewell Furnace Visitor Center
Hopewell Furnace Visitor Center

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Visitor Center

Because Visitor Center operations at Hopewell Furnace are closed due to the COVID-19 response, this Virtual Visitor Center page has been designed by park rangers to provide you with the information needed for a successful visit to Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site.

 

Top Visitor Questions

Q:What should I know at the start? What about restrooms?
A: The Visitor Center restrooms are open during park hours from 9:00 am till 5:00 pm. They are located outside the VC building. If you are facing the building from the parking lot, walk to the right and the restrooms are located at the bottom of the stairs. While a resurfacing project is in process there is a chemical toilet available suitable for people with disabilities close to disabled parking in the main Visitor Center parking lot. Please remember to remove your vehicle from the parking lot by 5:00pm. Click on the "things to do" link below to help guide your visit.

Q: Where can I find a park map?
A: You can view or download various park maps and trail maps on our maps page. Useful information is also available in front of the Visitor Center doors' awning, in the Visitor Center Parking Lot Kiosk, and near the front of the Cast House. The Hopewell National Historic Site Unigrid may be opened / downloaded here.Front and Back

Q: Is the park offering any Ranger-led tours or interpretive programs?
A: The park is not offering any in-person National Park Service tours or programs currently. There are many self-guided options to learn about the history of Hopewell Furnace, see below. While walking through Hopewell Furnace you may see a Park Ranger roving through the park. Rangers will gladly help answer your questions; they will be practicing CDC Covid Guidelines. Please follow suit: keep social distancing to 6 feet apart and wear a face mask.

Q: How can I learn more about the history of Hopewell Furnace?
A: Walk the grounds of Hopewell Furnace to read outdoor exhibit panels, view facades of historic buildings and explore the trails. Watch the official park film "Hopewell Furnace: A Place of Opportunity " *Read more about the history of Hopewell Furnace on the official website, and visit our Facebook Page. Use the apps to learn about the history of specific areas in the park. Google Play Store (Android) ios - App Store (Apple)

Q: How can I learn even more about, share and support my park Hopewell Furnace?
A: You can shop for Hopewell Furnace NHS related items by visiting the Eastern National online Bookstore. Items include Park Ranger-recommended books and films, variety of souvenirs, such as postcards, t-shirts, magnets, and Junior Ranger items. Proceeds help fund programming at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site. This Online Store is managed by Eastern National, a not-for-profit cooperating association.

 
Cast House
Visit the historic village at Hopewell Furnace, including the Cast House.

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Things to Do

Walk and hike the numerous trails in the park to visit historic areas with outdoor exhibits, interpretive waysides, and view exterior of historic structures.

View Online Films


If you have more time: Walk the trails or drive to historic Bethesda Church (1 mile) and visit this corner of Hopewell's history. Visit neighboring French Creek State Park and enjoy the many recreational opportunities it offers. Trail Map of Hopewell Furnace, French Creek State Park, Natural Lands Trust, and Crows Nest Preserve; Produced by and used with Permission of French Creek State Park

 

 
Lenape Trail Hopewell Furnace
Walk the trails at Hopewell Furnace, including the Lenape Trail.

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3+ Hours - Visit the areas described above, and choose to explore some of the beautiful, "lesser-known" areas. Consider visiting Valley Forge National Historical Park located 20 miles east of Hopewell Furnace.
 
Pile of gold Junior Ranger badges that read Hopewell Furnace.
Complete the Junior Ranger Activity Guide to receive a Junior Ranger badge.

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How Can I Participate in the Junior Ranger Program?

You can download and complete a Junior Ranger booklet for Hopewell Furnace. Or, simply call the park at (610) 582-8773 then press 0 to leave a message for the Junior Ranger Program Coordinator. Please leave your name, date of visit and number of books and badges and a Junior Ranger informational packet will be provided.

 
passport book
Get your official Hopewell Furnace Cancellation Stamp for your NPS Passport.

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How Can I Stamp My Passport to Your National Parks?

You can stop by in front of the Visitor Center, to stamp your passport book with the current appropriate stamp . The stamp is located on top of the brochure cart.

 
2020 America the Beautiful 6 Passes
America the Beautiful Passes

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How Can I Obtain One of the America the Beautiful Passes?


Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site does not sell America the Beautiful Pass.These passes are available for purchase at federal recreation sites that charge a fee. They are also available for purchase online or by phone as follows: http://store.usgs.gov/pass 1.888.ASK.USGS option 1 (1.888.275.8747 option1)

 
Leave No Trace
Practice Leave No Trace when you visit Hopewell Furnace and other National Parks.

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Tips for Visiting and How to Protect the Park

  1. Use the restroom before you arrive, take all trash with you. Please Recreate Responsibly, follow local area health orders, practice Leave No Trace principles, and avoid crowding and high-risk outdoor activities
  2. Park in designated parking spots. If a parking lot is busy, please find another legal place to park. Vehicles parked illegally will be ticketed and vehicles that block emergency access (such as on roads or in front of gates) will be towed, as they present a serious safety hazard
  3. Please continue to practice social distancing, avoid large groups, and stay 6 feet away from others. Cover your coughs and sneezes. The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19 and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health.
 

Have Additional Questions? Email or Call a Park Ranger.

We're happy help plan your trip and respond to additional questions about visiting the park. Email the park HOFU_Superintendent@NPS.gov or call at (610) 582-8773 ext 232.

 

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Last updated: April 3, 2021

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Elverson, PA 19520

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