East Branch Brandywine Trail

 

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Harmony Hill Road Access
1183 Harmony Hill Road
Downingtown PA, 19335

Skelp Level Road Access
810 Skelp Level Road
West Chester, PA 19380

 

DESCRIPTION

The East Branch Brandywine Trail is a paved multi-use trail that runs along the banks of the Brandywine Creek in both East and West Bradford Townships. The trail is currently 2.4 miles long and can be accessed from several different parking lots. In East Bradford, the trail is accessible from the M. John Johnson Nature Center parking lot on Skelp Level Road and from the Harmony Hill Nature Area parking lot on Harmony Hill Road, just east of the Gibson covered bridge. In West Bradford, the trail is accessible from the Brandywine Meadows parking lot located on PA Route 322 / Downingtown Pike just south of the Trestle Bridge.

The paved trail connects with several miles of natural trails within the Harmony Hill and Sugar’s Bridge Nature Areas. The East Branch Brandywine Trail is planned as part of a larger, multi-municipal trail network and will be extended further through the Township in future phases. The existing trail mostly follows the old West Chester trolley line which operated from 1902 until 1929, going from West Chester to Downingtown.

 

DIRECTIONS

Harmony Hill Road Access (North)
1183 Harmony Hill Road

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.

Skelp Level Road Access (South)
810 Skelp Level Road

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.

 

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