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

East Bradford Township (along with West Bradford Township) has completed approximately 2.4 miles of the multi-use East Branch Brandywine Trail. Currently, this trail extends from the Trestle Bridge just south of Downingtown to PA Route 322 / Downingtown Pike, just east of the Sugars Bridge Road intersection.  It also continues to the intersection of Skelp Level Road and PA Route 322 to the parking lot for the M. John Johnson Nature Center. The East Branch Brandywine Trail 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.

The West Chester Street Railway Company operated the trolley line along the southern portion of the trail.  The trolley ran from 1902 until 1929 when cars and buses became the ultimate means of transportation. The Company changed ownership several times during the operation of the line, but ultimately could no longer make enough money to continue operations.  In 1902 the fare from West Chester to Downingtown was 10 cents, one way.

 

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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