East Bradford Township Parks
East Bradford Township and the West Chester Police Department hope that everyone enjoys using the parks and open space, please read the attached for an enjoyable experience. 
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East Bradford Park
835 Kenmara Drive, West Chester, PA 19380
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Dedicated on June 8, 2002 the park facilities include big league and little league ball fields, multi-purpose field, tennis courts, volleyball court, picnic pavilion, tot lot, youth play area and rest room facilities. Walking trails encircle the park and connect it with Copeland School Park. Large groups and organized teams require permits for field use, tennis courts and pavilion use.

Please be careful when accessing the park through Kenmara by watching for children and adults walking in the street and playing in yards. Please obey the 25 MPH speed limit.

From West Chester
Take Route 322 west towards Downingtown.  Turn right onto Copeland School Road (if you reach Frank Road, you’ve gone about 1 mile too far).  Immediately after you turn onto Copeland School Road, take your first right onto Dunmore Lane (you will be in a residential development).  Turn right onto Kenmara Drive at the stop sign and follow the loop road around.  Continue straight at the next intersection.  East Bradford Park is on your left, just before the cul-de-sac.

From Downingtown
Take Route 322 east towards West Chester.  Turn left onto Copeland School Road (if you reach the West Chester Bypass, you’ve gone a little too far).  Immediately after you turn onto Copeland School Road, take your first right onto Dunmore Lane (you will be in a residential development).  Turn right onto Kenmara Drive at the stop sign and follow the loop road around.  Continue straight at the next intersection.  East Bradford Park is on your left, just before the cul-de-sac.

East Branch Brandywine Trail
1183 Harmony Hill Road, Downingtown PA, 19335 (north access)
810 Skelp Level Road
, West Chester, PA 19380 (south access)
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East Bradford Township (along with West Bradford) has completed approximately 2.4 miles of the multi-use East Branch Brandywine Trail.  Currently, this trail extends from the Trestle Bridge south of Downingtown to PA Route 322 / Downingtown Pike, just east of the Sugars Bridge Road intersection.  The Trail also continues to Skelp Level Road and PA Route 322, where there is an existing parking area for the M. John Johnson Nature Area.  The East Branch Brandywine Trail actually is part of a much larger multi-municipal trail network (known as the Brandywine-Struble Regional Recreation Corridor) that extends north-to-south though the entire County.  It includes the County Struble Trail and bisects the Chester Valley Trail. When these conceptual regional connections are someday fully implemented, connections between Philadelphia, Norristown, King of Prussia, Downingtown, and West Chester will exist. 

Refer to the directions to the M. John Johnson Nature Area (southern access) and the Harmony Hill Nature Area / Harmony Hill Road parking area (mid-way access).  The Trail can be accessed from the north via West Bradford Township’s parking area on Route 322 just south of Downingtown.

Copeland School Park
665 Copeland School Road, West Chester, PA 19380
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This park was named for the Copeland School located across the street from the park. The park consists of a little league field, a soccer field, and a basketball court. Large groups and organized teams require permits for field use.

From West Chester
Take Route 322 west towards Downingtown.  Turn right onto Copeland School Road (if you reach Frank Road, you’ve gone about 1 mile too far).  Continue about 0.4 miles on Copeland School Road.  The Park will be on your right, just before the Frank Road intersection (the Township Campus will be on your left).

From Downingtown
Take Route 322 east towards West Chester.  Turn left onto Copeland School Road (if you reach the West Chester Bypass, you’ve gone a little too far).  Continue about 0.4 miles on Copeland School Road.  The Park will be on your right, just before the Frank Road intersection (the Township Campus will be on your left).

Jane I. Reed Park
840 Frank Road, West Chester, PA 19380
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This park was named after former teacher Jane I. Reed who taught at Copeland School and East Bradford Elementary School. The park consists of an open field and the Peter W. Orr Nature Trail.  Parking is in the school parking lot.

From West Chester
Take Route 322 west towards Downingtown.  Turn right onto Copeland School Road (if you reach Frank Road, you’ve gone about 1 mile too far).  Continue about 0.9 mile.  Copeland School Road will turn into Frank Road.  Jane Reed Park is on the left, just past the East Bradford Elementary School.

From Downingtown
Take Route 322 east towards West Chester.  Take a slight left onto Frank Road (Frank Road is just past North Creek Road; if you reach the West Chester Bypass, you’ve gone a little too far).  Continue about 0.6 mile.  Jane Reed Park is on the right, just before the East Bradford Elementary School.

Paradise Valley Nature Area
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This facility is located in the Paradise Valley Historic Area and consists of a parking area for access to the nature areas and for fishing Valley Creek, a trout stream stocked by the PA Fish and Boat Commission and the West Chester Fish, Game, and Wildlife Association, Inc. Picnic tables and trails are available. Several portions of this trail network are located on easements through private property.  Please respect private property and stay on the trails.   There are two parking areas that serve the Paradise Valley Nature Area:  The Valley Creek Road parking area provides access to the Valley Creek and a small picnic area.  The Ravine Road parking area provides access to the trail network.

Paradise Valley Nature Area – Access to West Valley Creek & Picnic Area
1209 Valley Creek Road
, Downingtown PA, 19335
 

From West Chester
Take Route 322 west towards Downingtown.  Take a slight right on Valley Creek Road (Valley Creek Road is approximately 0.1 miles past North Creek Road).  Continue about 1.9 miles on Valley Creek Road.  The Paradise Valley Nature Area is on the right, approximately 0.6 miles past Harmony Hill Road (if you reach Ravine Road, you’ve gone about 0.4 miles too far).

From Downingtown
Take Route 322 east towards West Chester.  Just outside Downingtown, make a left onto Boot Road (there is a Wawa at this intersection; Boot Road is just past Logan Avenue; if you go under the trestle bridge, you’ve gone a little too far).  Continue 1.9 miles on Boot Road to the light at Valley Creek Road / Quarry Road.  Make a right onto Valley Creek Road and continue about 1.1 miles.  The Paradise Valley Nature Area will be on your left (the Park is approximately 0.4 miles past Ravine Road; if you reach Harmony Hill Road, you’ve gone about 0.6 miles too far).


Paradise Valley Nature Area – Access to Trail Network
895 Ravine Road, Downingtown PA, 19335

From West Chester
Take Route 322 west towards Downingtown.  Take a slight right on Valley Creek Road (Valley Creek Road is approximately 0.1 miles past North Creek Road).  Continue about 2.3 miles on Valley Creek Road to the stop sign at Ravine Road (if you reach Boot Road, you’ve gone 0.6 miles too far).  Turn right onto Ravine Road.  Pull-off parking is available on Ravine Road just over the bridge.  The trail head is located on your right, just past the fish nursery.

From Downingtown
Take Route 322 east towards West Chester.  Just outside Downingtown, make a left onto Boot Road (there is a Wawa at this intersection; Boot Road is just past Logan Avenue; if you go under the trestle bridge, you’ve gone a little too far).  Continue 1.9 miles on Boot Road to the light at Valley Creek Road / Quarry Road.  Make a right onto Valley Creek Road and continue about 0.6 miles to the stop sign at Ravine Road.  Turn left onto Ravine Road.  Pull-off parking is available on Ravine Road just over the bridge.  The trail head is located on your right, just past the fish nursery.

Harmony Hill Nature Area & the East Branch Brandywine Trail
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The 240-acre Harmony Hill Nature Area is located in the northwest portion of the Township.  This property includes approximately 6.5 miles of natural surface trails that are open to pedestrians and cyclists.  A portion of the East Branch Brandywine Trail traverses the western portion of the property.  The East Branch Brandywine Trail extends north into West Bradford Township and south through the Sugar’s Bridge Nature Area.  The Harmony Hill Nature Area has two access points.  The Skelp Level Road parking area provides access to the natural surface trails from the high point of the property.  The Harmony Hill Road parking lot provides access from the lower elevation to the natural trails as well as the paved East Branch Brandywine Trail.

Harmony Hill Nature Area – Access to Natural Surface Trails Only
1200 Skelp Level Road, Downingtown PA, 19335

From West Chester
Take Route 322 west towards Downingtown. Make a right on Skelp Level Road (PECO substation will be on your left). Go approximately 0.8 miles to the intersection of Harmony Hill Road. Continue straight on Skelp Level Road for approximately 0.7 mile. The entrance to the Harmony Hill Nature Area will be on your left (if you reach Wilderness Trail, you’ve gone a little too far).

From Downingtown
Take Route 322 east towards West Chester Borough. Just outside Downingtown, make a left onto Boot Road (there is a Wawa at this intersection; Boot Road is just past Logan Avenue; if you go under the trestle bridge, you’ve gone a little too far). Continue for approximately 0.6 mile. Turn right onto Skelp Level Road and continue for approximately 1.0 mile.  The entrance to the Harmony Hill Nature Area will be on your right (if you reach Winchester Trail, you’ve gone a little too far).

Harmony Hill Nature Area – Access to Natural Surface Trails & Paved East Branch Brandywine Trail
1183 Harmony Hill Road, Downingtown PA, 19335

From West Chester
Take Route 322 west towards Downingtown. Make a right on Skelp Level Road (PECO substation will be on your left). Go approximately 0.8 miles to the intersection of Harmony Hill Road. Turn left onto Harmony Hill Road and continue approximately 0.6 miles to Gibson’s Covered Bridge.  The parking area will be on your right, just before the bridge.

From Downingtown
Take Route 322 east towards West Chester Borough. Just outside Downingtown, make a left onto Boot Road (there is a Wawa at this intersection; Boot Road is just past Logan Avenue; if you go under the trestle bridge, you’ve gone a little too far). Continue for approximately 0.6 mile. Turn right onto Skelp Level Road and continue for approximately 1.7 miles to the intersection of Harmony Hill Road.  Turn right onto Harmony Hill Road and continue approximately 0.6 miles to Gibson’s Covered Bridge.  The parking area will be on your right, just before the bridge.

Ingram's Mill Nature Area
680 North Creek Road, West Chester, PA 19380
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In January 2004, the Board of Supervisors accepted this 36-acre open space donation from Aqua America (formerly Pennsylvania Suburban Water Company).  The property is open to the public and affords recreational access to the Brandywine Creek.


From West Chester
Take Route 322 west towards Downingtown.  Turn left onto North Creek Road (North Creek Road is across from Frank Road; if you reach Valley Creek Road, you’ve gone a little too far).  Continue about 0.4 miles on North Creek Road, past the Aqua PA water treatment plant.  The Ingram’s Mill Nature Area is on the right, just around a bend (if you reach Copes Lane, you’ve gone about 0.3 miles too far).

From Downingtown
Take Route 322 east towards West Chester.  Turn right onto North Creek Road (North Creek Road is across from Frank Road, about 0.6 miles past Skelp Level Road).  Continue about 0.4 miles on North Creek Road, past the Aqua PA water treatment plant.  The Ingram’s Mill Nature Area is on the right, just around a bend (if you reach Copes Lane, you’ve gone about 0.3 miles too far).

Harry J. Waite Jr. Nature Area
190 North Creek Road, West Chester, PA 19382

This area was named for long time resident and nature lover Harry Waite and consists of a parking area with access to the East Branch Brandywine Creek for fishing or canoeing.

From West Chester
Take Route 322 west towards Downingtown.  Take a slight left onto West Strasburg Road / PA Route 162.  Continue about 1.9 miles on Route 162.  Turn left onto North Creek Road (if you reach Telegraph Road you've gone about 0.3 miles too far).  Continue about 1.1 miles on North Creek Road.  The small pull-off parking area for the Nature Area will be on your right (the Nature Area is 0.2 miles past Hillsdale Road; if you reach Cenntennial Drive you've gone about 0.1 miles too far).

From Downingtown
Take Route 322 east towards West Chester.  Turn right onto North Creek Road (North Creek Road is across from Frank Road, about 0.6 miles past Skelp Level Road).  Continue about 0.8 miles to the PA Route 162 intersection.  Turn left onto Route 162 and go 0.2 miles before making your first right back onto North Creek Road.  Continue about 1.1 miles on North Creek Road.  The small pull-off parking area for the Nature Area will be on your right (the Nature Area is 0.2 miles past Hillsdale Road; if you reach Cenntennial Drive you've gone about 0.1 miles too far).

 

Mt. Bradford Preserve
921 Sconnelltown Road, West Chester, PA 19382

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Mt. Bradford Preserve is located on Sconnelltown Road just east of Royal View Drive.  This property was acquired by the Township in 2008 for passive recreation.  While no facilities (trails, etc.) have yet been constructed, the property is open to the public.

From West Chester
Take West Miner Street / PA Route 842 west towards Pocopson.  Turn left onto Sconnelltown Road (if you reach Meadow Lane, you’ve gone a little too far).  Continue about 0.7 miles on Sconnelltown Road.  The parking area will be on your right, just past Mt. Bradford Way (if you reach Royal View Drive, you’ve gone a little too far).

From Downingtown
Take Route 322 east towards West Chester.  Just outside West Chester, turn right onto Bradford Avenue.  Continue approximately 0.6 miles and make a left onto Sconnelltown Road (if you reach Meadow Lane, you’ve gone a little too far).  Continue about 0.7 miles on Sconnelltown Road.  The parking area will be on your right, just past Mt. Bradford Way (if you reach Royal View Drive, you’ve gone a little too far).

Sconnelltown Park
970 Sconnelltown Road, West Chester, PA 19382

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Sconnelltown Park is located at the intersection of Sconnelltown and Birmingham Roads.  While no facilities have yet been constructed, the property is open to the public.

From West Chester
Take West Miner Street / PA Route 842 west towards Pocopson. Turn left onto Sconnelltown Road (if you reach Meadow Lane, you’ve gone a little too far). Continue about 1 mile on Sconnelltown Road. The property will be on your left, just before the Birmingham Road intersection.

From Downingtown
Take Route 322 east towards West Chester. Just outside West Chester, turn right onto Bradford Avenue. Continue approximately 0.6 miles and make a left onto Sconnelltown Road (if you reach Meadow Lane, you’ve gone a little too far). Continue about 1 mile on Sconnelltown Road. The property will be on your left, just before the Birmingham Road intersection.

Shaw's Bridge Park
274 South Creek Road, West Chester, PA 19382
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Shaw’s Bridge Park was named after the creek crossing located at the north end of the park. The park consists of walking trails, bird watching areas, picnic areas, open field areas for games and kite flying, and access to the Brandywine Creek for fishing and canoeing. The east and west branches of the Brandywine Creek converge at the park. You can park up stream at the Harry J. Waite Jr. Nature Area and canoe down the East Branch to Shaw’s Bridge Park for a short canoe trip. Restroom facilities are available. Please be aware that this is not a dog park, all dogs must be on leash when other people are in the area.

From West Chester
Take West Miner Street / PA Route 842 west towards Pocopson.  Route 842 merges with South Creek Road just after the Birmingham Road intersection.  Continue straight on South Creek Road (Route 842 eventually will turn right).  The main Park entrance will be on your right after you pass Withers Way (if you reach St. Finegan Drive, you’ve gone a little too far).

From Downingtown
Take Route 322 east towards West Chester.  Turn right onto North Creek Road (North Creek Road is across from Frank Road, about 0.6 miles past Skelp Level Road).  Continue about 0.8 miles to the West Strasburg Road / PA Route 162 intersection.  Turn left onto Route 162 and go 0.2 miles before making your first right back onto North Creek Road.  Continue about 2.9 miles – North Creek Road becomes South Creek Road after its intersection with Allerton Road.  The main Park entrance will be on your right after you pass Withers Way (if you reach St. Finegan Drive, you’ve gone a little too far).

Starr Farm Park
1079 Skelp Level Road, Downingtown PA, 19335
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East Bradford Township acquired this 25-acre property in 2010.  Parking is available on Skelp Level Road.  A perimeter trail (0.9 miles) encircles the property.  Please stay on the mowed trail; the land is leased to a farmer for crop production.

From West Chester
Take Route 322 west towards Downingtown. Make a right on Skelp Level Road (PECO substation will be on your left). Go approximately 0.8 miles.  The parking area will be on your right, just before the Harmony Hill Road intersection.

From Downingtown
Take Route 322 east towards West Chester Borough. Just outside Downingtown, make a left onto Boot Road (there is a Wawa at this intersection; Boot Road is just past Logan Avenue; if you go under the trestle bridge, you’ve gone a little too far). Continue for approximately 0.6 mile. Turn right onto Skelp Level Road and continue for approximately 1.7 miles to the intersection of Harmony Hill Road.  The parking area will be on your left, just beyond the Harmony Hill Road intersection.

Sugar’s Bridge Nature Area & East Branch Brandywine Trail

1183 Harmony Hill Road, Downingtown PA, 19335
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This nature area is made up of three properties.  The abandoned West Chester Street Railway trolley bed traverses through all three properties.  The southern portion of the East Branch Brandywine Trail traverses the Sugar’s Bridge Nature Area.  The southern end of the site is accessible from the parking area for the M. John Johnson Nature Center (see below).  The northern end is accessible from the Harmony Hill Road parking facility just east of Gibson’s Covered Bridge. 

Refer to the directions to the M. John Johnson Nature Center (southern access) and the Harmony Hill Nature Area / Harmony Hill Road parking area (northern access)

 

M. John Johnson Nature Area (& East Branch Brandywine Trail Access)

810 Skelp Level Road, West Chester, PA 19380
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The property is owned by PECO, but is under a conservation easement with the Brandywine Conservancy and under lease agreement with East Bradford Township.  It is adjacent to the Sugar’s Bridge Nature Area and provides additional parking for Sugar’s Bridge and the East Branch Brandywine Trail.

From West Chester
Take Route 322 west towards Downingtown. Make a right on Skelp Level Road (PECO substation will be on your left). The Parking area is immediately on your left, at the intersection of Skelp Level Road and Route 322.

From Downingtown
Take Route 322 east towards West Chester Borough. Make a left on Skelp Level Road (PECO substation will be on your right). The Parking area is immediately on your left, at the intersection of Skelp Level Road and Route 322.

The Natural Lands Trust’s Stroud Preserve

454 North Creek Road, West Chester, PA 19382

The Stroud Preserve is 574 acres of culturally and ecologically important land in Chester County, Pennsylvania. This property is owned and managed by the Natural Lands Trust.  This rolling mosaic of once-pastured grasslands, working farmlands and woodlands now serves as wildlife habitat and a unique site for research and education. Formerly known as Georgia Farm, the Stroud Preserve is also a study site for the Stroud Water Research Center, one of the premier stream research labs in North America.  There is an extensive trail network through the Stroud Preserve.  Trails are open to most passive recreation uses; they are not open to mountain bikes.  Trail maps are available at the preserve or on line at http://www.natlands.org.

From West Chester
Take Route 322 west towards Downingtown.  Take a slight left onto West Strasburg Road / PA Route 162.  Continue about 1.9 miles on Route 162.  Turn left onto North Creek Road (if you reach Telegraph Road you've gone about 0.3 miles too far).  Continue about 0.4 miles on North Creek Road.  The parking lot will be on your right (if you reach Hillsdale Road you've gone about 0.4 miles too far).

From Downingtown
Take Route 322 east towards West Chester.  Turn right onto North Creek Road (North Creek Road is across from Frank Road, about 0.6 miles past Skelp Level Road).  Continue about 0.8 miles to the PA Route 162 intersection.  Turn left onto Route 162 and go 0.2 miles before making your first right back onto North Creek Road.  Continue about 0.4 miles on North Creek Road.  The parking lot will be on your right (if you reach Hillsdale Road you've gone about 0.4 miles too far).

Timber Top Trail

832 Downingtown Pike, West Chester, PA 19380

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Timber Top Trail provides for public access on marked trails (2.5 miles).  The trail easements were donated by the property owner in the spring of 2000.  The easement was renewed in 2015 for a three year period.  Dogs/pets are not allowed on the property or trail.

From West Chester
Take Route 322 west towards Downingtown. The parking area is on the left, opposite East Bradford Elementary School (it is about 0.2 miles past Copeland School Road; if you reach Frank Road you've gone about 0.9 miles too far).

From Downingtown
Take Route 322 east towards West Chester Borough. The parking area is on the right, opposite East Bradford Elementary School (it is about 0.9 miles past Frank Road; if you reach Copeland School Road you've gone about 0.2 miles too far).





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