The Gibson Covered Bridge crosses the Brandywine Creek on Harmony Hill Road at U.S. Route 322, Downingtown, PA Chester County Trail Club
PO Box 2056
West Chester, PA 19380-0081
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Founded in 1970
The Gibson Covered Bridge crosses the Brandywine Creek on Harmony Hill Road at U.S. Route 322, Downingtown, PA
Announcements

DATE CHANGE; ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY; NEW DATE; MONDAY, AUGUST 5, 2019 George March (Admin) - 7/29/2019
ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY (Date changed from Friday, August 2nd at 10:00 AM to Monday August 5th at 10:00 AM) : HL Ingrid Cantarella-Fox, 484-432-2150. Please consider joining the group of hikers who faithfully fulfill this club service project each quarter. Ingrid is eager to have new volunteers join the group. We meet in the parking lot along Route 322 West just west of the traffic light at Route 322 and Phoenixville Pike. Wear boots, long pants, long sleeves (if you are prone to poison ivy), gloves & vests & grabbers will be provided. Please let Ingrid know that you are attending.
HIKE CANCELLATION; BEAT THE HEAT HIKE; SATURDAY, JULY 20, 2019 George March (Admin) - 7/19/2019
The Hike Leaders have cancelled the 9:00 AM BEAT THE HEAT hike on the STRUBLE/UWCHLAN TRAIL on Saturday, July 20, 2019 due to weather conditions.
HIKER LIMITATIONS; WHITE CLAY CREEK PRESERVE HIKE; SATURDAY, JULY 20, 2019 George March (Admin) - 7/19/2019
Considering the weather forecast for 100 degree air temperature and extremely high humidity on Saturday, July 20th, and with due concern for individual and group safety, HL George March is limiting the WHITE CLAY CREEK PRESERVE hike to Club members who have hiked with him in the past year...no non-member hikers and no Club members who have not hiked on a hike with George within the past year. Also, no hiker will be permitted to go on the hike without at least two liters of water available to them when beginning the hike.
HIKE CANCELLATION; ALAPOCAS RUN STATE PARK; 930 AM, Sunday, July 21, 2019 George March (Admin) - 7/19/2019
Due to weather predictions for high heat and humidity (excessive heat warning) on Sunday, July 21, 2019, HL Dee McGrath has cancelled the 9;30 AM hike on Sunday, July 21st at ALAPOCAS RUN STATE PARK.
FIRST MEETING of 50th ANNIVERSARY COMMITTEE; MONDAY, JULY 15, 2019 George March (Admin) - 7/10/2019
The first meeting of Chester County Trail Club's 50th Anniversary Committee will be held on Monday, July 15, 2019 at 7:00 PM in Room 149 of the Chester County Government Services Center, 601 Westtown Road, West Chester, PA. It will be an organizational and brainstorming meeting. Club members who are Committee members will elect a Committee chair during the meeting. All Club members are invited to attend the meeting to share any ideas, recommendations, suggestions, etc. for consideration as anniversary-related activities, promotions, etc. during the 2010 anniversary year. NOTE: Individual personal and personal property security screening will occur upon entry into the building.
NEW HIKE; HARMONY HILL NATURE AREA; THURSDAY, JULY 4, 2019 George March (Admin) - 7/3/2019
HARMONY HILL NATURE AREA: Class B, 5-6 Miles. Meet HL Kathy Borrell 484-645-7068 (C), at the Skelp Level Road parking lot at 9:00 AM. Directions: From West Chester go west on Route 322; turn right onto Skelp Level Rd; go 1.6 miles to the driveway on the left. If you reach Wilderness Trail you went a little too far. From Downingtown go east on Route 322; turn left onto Boot Rd (Wawa is at the intersection). Then continue for approximately 0.6 mile. Turn right onto Skelp Level Rd and continue for approximately one mile. The entrance to the Harmony Hill Nature Area (1200 Skelp Level Rd) will be on your right. If you reach Winchester Trail, you went a little too far. Bring water and snack. NOTE: MANY STREETS IN DOWNINGTOWN WILL BE CLOSED FOR THEIR GOOD NEIGHBOR DAY CELEBRATION.
HIKE LOCATION CHANGE; WILSON FARM PARK; WEDNESDAY, JULY 3, 2019 George March (Admin) - 7/2/2019
The previously scheduled 9:30 AM 5 Mile, Class B hike at McKAIG NATURE PRESERVE on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 cannot be held there due to road closures at the park. Instead, there will be a 5 Mile, Class B, hike at WILSON FARM PARK at 9:30 AM. Hike Leader Ingrid Cantarella-Fox, 484-432-2150. Directions: Route 202 exit at Chesterbrook Boulevard; proceed to the second stoplight (Lee Road) and turn right. There is a Stop sign at the entrance to Wilson Farm Park. Turn right and park. Bring water and snacks.
HIKE CANCELLATION; HARMONY HILL NATURE AREA; THURSDAY, JULY 4, 2019 George March (Admin) - 6/27/2019
The regularly-scheduled Thursday afternoon hike in the HARMONY HILL NATURE AREA is cancelled for July 4, 2019.
WORK HIKE; HORSE-SHOE TRAIL; WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26, 2019 George March (Admin) - 6/25/2019
HORSE-SHOE TRAIL WORK HIKE - Meet HL Ingrid Cantarella-Fox 484-432-2150 ingridcf@verizon.net at 9:30AM in the parking lot of Charlestown Elementary School for this cleanup and trimming on the Horse-Shoe Trail. Bring loppers/pruning shears, gloves. If you can hike, you can help us maintain. We need folks to blaze, trim, check out the trail during the growing season, etc. Directions from West Chester: Take Rt. 202 North to Rt. 29 North. When Rt. 29 goes right, continue straight on Charlestown Road. School is up the hill on your right. Enter the second driveway and park in the back. Bring snacks and water. NO RESTROOMS
SUBSTITUTE HIKE; FRENCH CREEK STATEPARK; SUNDAY, JUNE 23, 2019; 8:00 AM George March (Admin) - 6/22/2019
A SUBSTITUTE HIKE will be held in FRENCH CREEK STATE PARK on Sunday, June 23, 2019, instead of the scheduled SADSBURY WOODS PRESERVE hike which is cancelled due to poor trail conditions there. The FRENCH CREEK STATE PARK hike is a 9+ Miles Class B Adventure Hike beginning at 8:00 AM (NOTE TIME) to be led by HL Alan Alvarez 610-804-6577. Brisk hike. Directions: Take Route 345 North from Route 23, turn left onto South Entrance Road. Turn right onto Park Road, turn right just before Park Office, follow pool signs, once on the pool parking lot go around the far side to right turn, park by the rest rooms. Bring water, snack, and lunch.
CANCELLED HIKE; SADSBURY WOODS PRESERVE; SUNDAY, JUNE 23, 2019 George March (Admin) - 6/22/2019
The SADSBURY WOODS PRESERVE hike scheduled for 1:30 PM on Sunday, June 23, 2019 is cancelled due to extremely poor trail conditions within the park. Instead an SUBSTITUTE HIKE will be held at FRENCH CREEK STATE PARK beginning at 8:00 AM. See separate announcement regarding that hike.
HIKE CANCELLATION; VALLEY FORGE PARK; WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 2019 George March - 6/19/2019
The recurring weekly VALLEY FORGE PARK hike, scheduled for Wednesday evening June 19, 2019 is cancelled due to unfavorable weather predictions.
HIKE CANCELLATION; FITNESS HIKE, RIDLEY CREEK STATE PARK; TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2019 George March - 6/17/2019
The recurring 8:45 AM FITNESS HIKE at RIDLEY CREEK STATE PARK scheduled for Tuesday morning June 18th is cancelled due to the forecast for severe weather.
HIKE CANCELLATION; FULL MOON HIKE ON THE STRUBLE TRAIL; MONDAY, JUNE !7, 2019 George March - 6/17/2019
The FULL MOON HIKE ON THE STRUBLE TRAIL scheduled for 7:00 PM on Monday evening, June 17th is cancelled due to the weather forecast for strong storms.
HIKE CANCELLATION; ELK NECK STATE PARK; SATURDAY, JUNE 15, 2019 George March - 6/14/2019
The ELK NECK STATE PARK hike scheduled for Saturday, June 15, 2019 is cancelled because the park is closed until further notice as a result of tornado damage that occurred throughout the park on Thursday, June 13th. https://www.wbal.com/article/394625/3/storm-damage-closes-state-park
HIKE CANCELLATION; HORSE-SHOE TRAIL; SATURDAY, JUNE 29, 2019 George March - 6/13/2019
The HORSE-SHOE TRAIL hike scheduled for Saturday, June 29, 2019 is cancelled.
HIKE CANCELLATION; LLOYD PARK; SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 2019 George March - 6/2/2019
The LLOYD PARK HIKE scheduled for Saturday, June 8, 2019 is cancelled. It has been replaced with the BRANDYWINE RIVER TRAIL hike originally scheduled for Saturday, June 1, 2019. See the Announcement immediately below this one for the HIKE LOCATION CHANGE.
HIKE LOCATION CHANGE; BRANDYWINE RIVER TRAIL; SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 2019 George March - 6/2/2019
NOTE NEW LOCATION: (Saturday, June 8, 2019) BRANDYWINE RIVER TRAIL – Shorter Hike - 6-7 Miles, Class B - Meet HL Elizabeth Brecht 484-800-8084, cell 610-883-0602 day of hike only, at 9:30 AM for this hike along the Brandywine River. Directions: From Rt. 202 south, turn right at Smithbridge Road, and continue for about 2.5 miles. Just before the bridge over the Brandywine, turn left onto Creek Road and go 0.3 miles to parking on the right. Bring snack & water.
HIKE LOCATION CHANGE; CHESTER VALLEY TRAIL, SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 2019 George March - 5/30/2019
NOTE NEW LOCATION! (Saturday, June 1, 2019) CHESTER VALLEY TRAIL – 6 Miles, Class A. Meet HL Jeannette Eslinger 484-798-7265 at 9 AM in the parking lot for CVT by Church Farm School. Directions: From Rt. 30 and Ship Rd, go north on Ship Rd. to the first light, which is Swedesford Rd. Turn right and continue past the gravel parking lot to Church Farm Lane. Turn right, go to end, parking lot is on the right. Bring snack and water.
MEETING LOCATION CHANGE; CCTC ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING AND QUARTERLY BOARD MEETING, TUESDAY, MAY 28, 2019 George March - 5/15/2019
Instead of at the West Goshen Township building as previously announced, the meeting will be held on the same date, at the same time (Tuesday, May 28th, 7:00 PM), in room 175 of the Chester County Government Services Center, 601 Westtown Road, West Chester, PA. Directions: Traveling either north or south on US Route 202 bypassing West Chester to the east, exit at Westtown Road and travel on Westtown Road for less than a half mile to turn right on Abby Drive and then to the large parking lot on the left in front of the Government Services Center. NOTE: Security screening will be in effect upon entering the building. Be prepared to place personal property on an x-ray machine belt and to walk through a screening device.
ALTERNATE HIKE; GLEN ONOKO FALLS; TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 2019 George March - 4/20/2019
GLEN ONOKO FALLS - 10 Mile Loop, Class C. One-way drive 74 miles. Join Hike Leader George March, 610.384.3753 (H), for a last-chance hike on the Glen Onoko Falls Trail near Jim Thorpe, PA (the trail closes permanently on May 1st) and then onward across the ridge with valley and river views, descending to the Delaware & Lehigh Trail to return to the Glen Onoko parking lot. Meet in the IMAX Theater parking lot, 300 Goddard Boulevard, King of Prussia, PA for carpooling and directions. Hikers must wear hiking boots and be prepared for steep, rocky, and slippery terrain. Bring water, snack, and lunch.
HIKE ROUTE CHANGE; GREAT CITY WALK; SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 2019 George March - 4/4/2019
Please click on header above for information about the hike route change.
HIKE CANCELLATION; PHOENIXVILLE/SCHUYLKILL RIVER; SUNDAY, MARCH 31, 2019 George March - 3/30/2019
The PHOENIXVILLE/SCHUYLKILL RIVER hike scheduled for Sunday, March 31st is cancelled.
CANCELLED HIKE; LEHIGH GAP - EAST of GAP; SATURDAY, MARCH 30, 2019 George March - 3/25/2019
The LEHIGH GAP - EAST OF GAP hike scheduled for Saturday, March 30, 2019 is cancelled due to the Hike Leader having a family commitment elsewhere.
HIKE LOCATION CHANGE; SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 2019 George March - 4/19/2019
Due to predictions for heavy rain, HLs Gary and Susan Erb have changed the location of their WELSH MOUNTAIN PRESERVE & MONEY ROCKS PARK hike on Saturday at 9:00 AM to the STRUBLE/UWCHLAN TRAIL, 6-7 miles, Class B, starting at 10:00 AM. For directions, check the writeup for the BRING ON SPRING - STRUBLE/UWCHLAN TRAIL hike on page 11 in the Hiking Schedule for Saturday, May 4, 2019.
NEW HIKE; ADVENTURE HIKE; TYLER ARBORETUM; MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2019 George March - 4/11/2019
HL Dee McGrath, 610.331.7410, will be leading an ADVENTURE HIKE at TYLER ARBORETUM on Monday, April 22, 2019. Miles recorded at end of hike. Class B-C. Meet HL in Tyler Arboretum parking lot, 515 Painter Road, Media, PA 19063 at 10:00 AM. HL is a member and will have two passes to share. Entrance fee is $15 adults 18-64, $13 seniors 65+. Bring water and snacks in case we are a little longer than anticipated.