The Gibson Covered Bridge crosses the Brandywine Creek on Harmony Hill Road at U.S. Route 322, Downingtown, PA Chester County Trail Club
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The Gibson Covered Bridge crosses the Brandywine Creek on Harmony Hill Road at U.S. Route 322, Downingtown, PA
Announcements

HIKE DATE CHANGE; APPALACHIAN TRAIL, MARYLAND; NEW DATE, SATURDAY, AUGUST 26, 2017 George March - 8/3/2017
The date of the APPALACHIAN TRAIL hike in Maryland, originally scheduled for Saturday, August 12, 2017, is changed to Saturday, August 26th. Check e-mail closer to either of those dates for a revised writeup. Or call hike leaders Zara D (484.888.1857) or Jim Smith (610.970.2252 [H], 610.310.4519 [C]) for updated information.
HIKE LOCATION CHANGE; NOTTINGHAM COUNTY PARK TO WOLF'S HOLLOW COUNTY PARK; SUNDAY, JULY 16, 2017 George March - 7/14/2017
The Sunday, July 16 hike has been changed to WOLFS HOLLOW COUNTY PARK. Class B/C, 5-7 miles. Meet HL Kathy Borrell 484-645-7068 (c) at 1:30pm for a hike on the trails in and around the park. Directions: West on Rt. 30 to Rt. 10. Turn left (south) on Rt. 10 and go 3.7 miles to Highland Rd. at top of hill. Turn right onto Highland Rd. then go 3.3 miles to left onto Bailey Crossroads Rd. Take the 1st right onto Schoff Rd. Go about 1 mile and turn right into Wolf's Hollow Drive to the parking lot on the left. If that lot is full, go back up the driveway to a grassy area, on the left, and park there. Bring snack an water. Address: 1399 Schoff Rd, Atglen, PA 19310
MEETING LOCATION CHANGE; BIRDSBORO QUARRY HIKE; SATURDAY, JULY 15, 2017 George March - 7/13/2017
Hike Leader Amy Swanson has changed the meeting location for the Birdsboro Quarry hike on Saturday, July 15th, from the location described in the Hiking Schedule, to the Clock Tower Plaza parking lot in Morgantown, because of road closures on the originally described directions. The Clock Tower Plaza is on the southwest corner of the intersection of PA 23 and I-176.
CANCELLED and REPLACEMENT/NEW HIKE; WEDNESDAY, JULY 12, 2017 George March - 7/11/2017
New Hike on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - Replacement for cancelled Exton Park hike listed in the current hiking schedule. Join HL Jim Gross (484-639-2665) for a 7 mile hike at Cheslen Preserve starting at 9:30 AM. GPS address is 1199 Cannery Road, Coatesville, Pa. Directions: Follow Rt. 842 west from West Chester, crossing both branches of the Brandywine Creek. After crossing the second branch of the creek, go 3.1 miles to Cannery Road and turn right. Go 1.3 miles on Cannery Rd. to the entrance on the left for the Natural Lands Trust's Cheslen property. Go through the gate and park at the top of the hill in the parking lot. Long pants are recommended because grass may be high in some places. Bring snack and water. Option after hike: lunch/ice cream at nearby Northbrook Orchard/Northbrook market place.
SCOUTING HIKE (ALTERNATE); HAWK MOUNTAIN SANCTUARY: TUESDAY, JUNE 6, 2017 George March - 6/4/2017
With no objection from Hike Leaders Malcolm Wise and Dee McGrath for the Tuesday morning hikes announced in the Hiking Schedule, HL George March will conduct an alternate (scouting) hike on Tuesday, June 6th at Hawk Mountain in advance of the scheduled hike there on Saturday, June 17th. If you would like to go on the scouting hike, meet at 7:30 AM on Tuesday morning 6/6 in the shopping center parking lot in front of the former Stouffer's (former Cropper's) now closed supermarket on the north side of Route 322 west of Guthriesville. Directions: From the Route 30 bypass, exit at Route 322 and travel west approximately 2 miles to the village of Guthriesville. The shopping center is at the top of the hill west of the village. This is a Class C hike; 9 miles. Bring snack, lunch, and water...rain or shine.
CANCELLED/POSTPONED HIKE/WORK TRIP; HARMONY HILL; THURSDAY. MAY 25, 2017 George March - 5/24/2017
The HARMONY HILL hike on Thursday 5/24, changed to be a work trip instead, is cancelled/postponed due to the forecast for heavy rain. The next work trip at Harmony Hill is Thursday, June 1st.
UPDATED DRIVING DIRECTIONS; LUM's POND HIKE; SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017 George March - 5/19/2017
There is road construction on Howell School Road. Here are updated driving directions: Follow the directions as in the Hiking Schedule but do not turn left onto Howell School Road. Instead, follow either of the following directions: 1. Drive past Howell School Road, turn left onto Red Lion Road and proceed 3-4 miles, then turn left onto Howell School Road and proceed about 2 miles to the park entrance on the left. Or, 2. If you follow the DETOUR signs. (some may be missing). Turn left on Porter Road (before Howell School Road ), right onto Wrangle Hill Road, right onto Red Lion Road, then right onto Howell School Road and proceed to the park entrance on the left.
SCOUTING HIKE (ALTERNATE); HICKORY RUN STATE PARK; SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017 George March - 5/18/2017
ALTERNATE (SCOUTING) HIKE; HICKORY RUN STATE PARK; SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017 Hike Leader Bob McGinnis will conduct a scouting (alternate ) hike at Hickory Run State Park on Saturday May 20th. Meet at 7:15 AM in the bank parking lot along RT 724 at the Coventry Mall Shopping Center at the intersection of RT 100 and RT 724. Exact scouting hike distance will be decided by hikers on site at Hickory Run but will probably be in the range of about 12 miles. Call Bob McGinnis at 610-945-5490 (C) or 610-469-0837 (H).
HIKE CANCELLATION; WHARTON STATE FOREST; SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2017 George March - 5/12/2017
The WHARTON STATE FOREST hike on Saturday, May 13, 2017 is cancelled. HL Lynn Salamone explains, "Rainfall is projected to be 1-2 inches, up to 3 inches in some areas, with possible high wind gusts. The Mullica River Trail has had problems with storm damage in the past. Given the forecast and travel distance to and from the hike I think it's the best decision. I plan to reschedule in the future." NOTE: See the announcement below this one for information about a scouting hike (alternate) scheduled for May 13th.
SCOUTING HIKE (ALTERNATE); JACOBSBURG ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER; SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2017 George March - 5/12/2017
Considering the weather forecast for Saturday, May 13, and with no objection from HL Lynn Salamone regarding the WHARTON STATE FOREST shuttle hike scheduled for the 13th which she has cancelled, HL George March will conduct a scouting (alternate) hike at JACOBSBURG ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER on May 13th. Meet at 7:30 AM at the Marchwood Shopping Center behind the Bistro (formally the Exton Diner), 2 miles north of Rt. 30 and Rt. 100. Bring water, snack, and lunch. (http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/jacobsburg/index.htm) Scouting hike distance will be decided by hikers on site at Jacobsburg dependent upon weather conditions.
HIKE CANCELLATION; RIDLEY CREEK STATE PARK; SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2017 George March - 5/10/2017
The RIDLEY CREEK STATE PARK hike scheduled for Saturday, May 13, 2017 is CANCELLED.
MEETING TIME CORRECTION; WILLISBROOK PRESERVE HIKE; SATURDAY, APRIL 29, 2017 George March - 4/27/2017
The meeting time for the Willisbrook Preserve Hike on Saturday, April 29th is 9:00 AM, not 1:30 PM as seen in the Hiking Schedule. Also, even though the Hiking Schedule says "at 1:30 PM at Serpentine Preserve" the meeting place (Serpentine Preserve) is the correct meeting place parking lot (adjacent to Willisbrook Preserve)for the 9:00 AM meeting.
HIKE MEETING PLACE CHANGE; ROSE VALLEY / WALLINGFORD HIKE; SUNDAY, APRIL 23, 2017 George March - 4/23/2017
The meeting place has changed. New directions: From Route 1 (Media Bypass) take Media exit (Route 252 south) for 2.5 miles. Turn right on Possum Hollow Road (traffic light at RR bridge). Go 0.5 miles to stop at Pool Lane. Turn right on Pool Lane and proceed to the Rose Valley Pool parking lot.
HIKE MEETING PLACE CHANGE; APPALACHIAN TRAIL IN PA; SATURDAY-SUNDAY, APRIL 22-23, 2017 George March - 4/21/2017
HL Zara (484-888-1857) and Jim (610-310-4519) have changed the meeting location for the hike on Saturday April 22. They are now meeting at the Clock Tower Plaza in Morgantown PA. Hike details are on page 2 of the 2nd quarter Hiking Schedule.
HIKE CANCELLATION; HARMONY HILL; THURSDAY, APRIL 6, 2017 George March - 4/5/2017
Hike leader Leslie Spangler(home 610-436-5842, cell 610-331-4258), has cancelled Thursday's hike on 4/6/17 because of expected weather conditions.
HIKE CANCELLATION; CROW'S NEST; SATURDAY, APRIL 1, 2017 George March - 3/31/2017
The CROW'S NEST hike scheduled for Saturday, April 1, 2017 is cancelled due to weather-related poor trail conditions.
NOTE: NEWLY RESCHEDULED HIKE; MOONLIGHT ON THE STRUBLE TRAIL; MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2017 George March - 2/12/2017
There will be a MOONLIGHT HIKE ON THE STRUBLE TRAIL on Monday evening, February 13, 2017. Meet at 7:00 PM in the Wallace Avenue side of the Rite Aid Drugstore parking lot, at the intersection of Wallace Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue in Downingtown, PA.
HIKE CANCELLATION; RIDLEY CREEK STATE PARK; SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2017 George March - 2/12/2017
The RIDLEY CREEK STATE PARK hike, scheduled for Sunday, February 12. 2017 is cancelled due to the weather forecast for heavy rain, and because the hike leaders are ill.
NOTICE: RESCHEDULED HIKE; MOONLIGHT ON THE STRUBLE TRAIL; THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2017 George March - 2/9/2017
NOTICE: THE MOONLIGHT HIKE ON THE STRUBLE TRAIL, scheduled then cancelled due to the weather forecast, WILL OCCUR on Thursday evening February 9th.
TWO HIKE CANCELLATIONS; THURSDAY. FEBRUARY 9, 2017 George March - 2/8/2017
HIKE CANCELLATIONS; SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2017: BOTH the HARMONY HILL and the MOONLIGHT HIKE are cancelled due to the weather forecast for heavy new snow throughout Wednesday night and Thursday.
ALTERNATE HIKE; CHESTER VALLEY TRAIL; SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2017 George March - 2/7/2017
SHORTER HIKE: 6 Miles, Class A. CHESTER VALLEY TRAIL – Meet HL Jeannette Eslinger cell phone 484-798-7265 at 8:30 AM in the parking lot by Church Farm School. Directions: From Rt. 30 and Ship Road, go north on Ship Road to first light, which is Swedesford Road. Turn right onto Swedesford Rd. Continue past the gravel parking lot to Church Farm Lane and turn right onto Church Farm Lane. Go to the end and the parking lot is on right. Bring snack & water.
HIKE MILEAGE & CLASS CORRECTION; MASON-DIXON TRAIL; SATURDAY, JANUARY 21, 2017 George March - 1/19/2017
MASON-DIXON TRAIL; Saturday, January 21, 2017. 15 Miles - Class C. HL Glenn Owens 610-644-0470, cell 484-885-0504 advises that the mileage and class designation for this hike in the Hiking Schedule is incorrect. The hike will be around 15 miles and is Class C. The group will set the pace.
HIKE CANCELLATION; WOLF'S HOLLOW COUNTY PARK; FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 2017 George March - 1/18/2017
FRIDAY MORNING—JANUARY 20 -- WOLF’S HOLLOW COUNTY PARK This hike will not be held this Friday, January 20, because of the rescheduled Adopt-a-Highway clean-up.
HIKE MEETING LOCATION & TIME CHANGE; HORSE-SHOE TRAIL; SATURDAY, JANUARY 7, 2017 George March - 1/5/2017
HORSE-SHOE TRAIL; Saturday, December 7, 2017, 13.6 Miles, Class C.: Meet at 7:00 AM at the Clock Tower Plaza on the S/E corner of Routes 10 & 23 behind the Turkey Hill. From the Pa. Turnpike exit at Morgantown, turn left & go to traffic light. Turn right & continue to Clock Tower Plaza on the left. Or meet at RT 322 parking lot at 7:30 on Pumping Station Road. Take turnpike to Reading/Lancaster Exit 286. Take RT 222 west to first exit RT 322. West on Rt 322 to parking on R on Pumping Station Road several miles after intersection of RT 322 with RT 501. Notice: You MUST wear orange. It is still hunting season in this area.
HIKE CANCELLATION; HARMONY HILL; THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2016 George March - 12/28/2016
The regularly scheduled every-Thursday afternoon HARMONY HILL hike, next scheduled for Thursday afternoon December 29th, is cancelled due to a forecast of hazardous weather potentially rendering the trails unsafe.
LUNCH OPTION AFTER HIKE; FRIDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2016 George March - 12/21/2016
Friday, December 30 – Wolf’s Hollow County Park. HL John Silveri 610-857-3618 advises there will be an option to have lunch with the group at Victory Brewing in Parkesburg following the hike.
HIKE CANCELLATION; ROCKY RUN/DARLINGTON TRAILS; SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2016 George March - 12/17/2016
Cancelled due to hazardous conditions on highways and roadways.
DISTANCE & CLASS CORRECTION; UNIONVILLE ENVIRONS HIKE; WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2016 George March - 12/15/2016
This hike is 5 miles, Class A, not 7 miles Class B/C.
CANCELLED...HORSE-SHOE TRAIL WORK TRIP; SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2016 George March - 12/9/2016
HORSE-SHOE TRAIL CONSERVANCY, INC. WORK TRIP NOTICE Date: Sunday, December 18, 2016 Time: 10:00 AM (CANCELLED) Meet: The Speedway (formerly Hess) Gas Station on RT 72. We’ll rendezvous in the parking area to the left of the building (which contains restrooms and a mini-mart). Directions to Meeting Place: From turnpike get off at Exit 266 (old exit 20) Lancaster/Lebanon. Go north on RT 72 up the hill a short distance to the Speedway station, on the left. We’ll caravan from there to the reroute location. (CLICK HEADER ABOVE FOR MORE INFORMATION)
HIKE CANCELLATION AND ALTERNATE; FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2016 George March - 12/5/2016
ADOPT A HIGHWAY (CANCELLED) – Friday, December 9. This work hike has been postponed until Friday, January 6, 2017. As a result of the cancellation, the regularly scheduled Friday morning hike at WOLF'S HOLLOW will be held as usual.
ALTERNATE HIKE; SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2016 George March - 11/30/2016
SKIPPACK TRAIL - 15 miles, with option for 10. Class B/C. Meet HL Ingrid Cantarella-Fox (484-432-2150) at the parking lot on the Perkiomen Trail near the PA Livesteamers at 8:30 AM. Directions: Take the Collegeville exit of RT 422 onto RT 29 going north towards Collegeville. Stay on RT 29 for 4.7 miles to parking lot along Perkiomen trail. Bring water, and bring or buy lunch and/or ice cream in Skippack.
CANCELLED HIKE; SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2016 George March - 11/30/2016
HORSE-SHOE TRAIL – This hike is cancelled due to hunting season. See separate announcement for alternate hike.
BACKPAKERS MEETING; SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2016 George March - 11/18/2016
BACPACKERS MEETING Following Sunday hike (approximately 4:15 PM) will be held at the Wegman’s on RT 29. (50 Foundry Way, Malvern, PA 19355.) All are welcome. Dinner optional but available.
SHORTER HIKE; FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2016 George March - 11/18/2016
HIBERNIA COUNTY PARK – 6-7 Miles Class B Meet HL Pete Hinckley 610-273-3639 at 9:30 AM in the main parking lot near Hibernia Mansion. Directions: Take Rt. 30 bypass to Rt. 82 North. Go north on Rt. 82 for about 2 miles to Cedar Knoll Road, turn left and go another 2 miles to park entrance on the left. Snow or rain cancels.
HIKE RELOCATION; HARMONY HILL TO STRUBLE TRAIL; Thursday, October 27,2016 George March - 10/19/2016
On Thursday, October 27, 2016, the usual 1:15 pm Harmony Hill hike will be moved to the Struble Trail so hikers will be able to attend the dedication of the Helen and Robert Whittaker Memorial Park and Nature Trail at 3:00 pm. The relocated hike will start at 1:15 pm from the Rite Aid Drugstore in Downingtown (see the Full Moon Hike write-up for Monday, October 17 for detailed directions) The park to be dedicated is located at 391 Creek Road on the northeast corner of Rt. 282 and Dowlin Forge Road, adjacent to the Struble Trail. Reservations for the dedication are requested. Those planning to attend the dedication should contact Gary and Susan Erb at erbgardn@verizon.net or 610-458-0582 as soon as possible.
CHESTER COUNTY TRAIL CLUB T-SHIRTS George March - 10/19/2016
"Chester County Trail Club T-shirts are available in a variety of male and female styles, fabrics, colors, and sizes. They are very reasonably priced. Go to the www.logowearhouse.com/ChesterCountyTrail Website to place an order. Your order will be delivered to your checkout address. Questions about this may be addressed to Chester County Trail Club member Dee McGrath at deemcgrath60@gmail.com"
HIKE CANCELLATION; SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2016 George March - 10/17/2016
The originally scheduled 2nd MOUNTAIN, PENNSYLVANIA GAME LANDS 2111 hike for Saturday, October 22, 2016 is cancelled. See next Announcement for ALTERNATE HIKE.
ALTERNATE HIKE; GOVERNOR DICK PARK, MOUNT GRETNA; SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2016 George March - 10/17/2016
NOTE: This ALTERNATE Hike replaces the cancelled 2nd MOUNTAIN, PENNSYLVANIA GAME LANDS 211 hike originally scheduled. The alternate hike is GOVERNOR DICK PARK, MT GRETNA, Lebanon PA. 15+ Miles, Class C. Meet HL Ingrid Cantarella-Fox (484-432-2150) at the Clocktower Plaza, Morgantown at 7:30 AM, or at 8:30 AM at Game Lands Parking Lot on Pinch Road across from entrance to Governor Dick. We will shuttle to the park and explore its many trails. Directions: From turnpike exit at Morgantown, proceed south on PA 10 to the intersection of PA 23, then turn right and proceed to the intersection of I-176, then turn left into the Clock Tower Plaza. Bring lunch, snacks, water. Porta Johns at Gov. Dick.
HIKE LOCATION CHANGE; SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2016 George March - 9/29/2016
The hike originally scheduled for Saturday, October 1, 2016 at GUNPOWDER FALLS STATE PARK is CANCELLED. Instead there will be a hike: CHESTERBROOK & ENVIRONS -- 10+ Miles, Class B. Meet HL Ingrid Cantarella-Fox (484-432-2150) at 8:00 AM at Wilson Road Parking lot for a hike thru Chesterbrook and Lorimar Preserve. Directions: From West Chester, take Rt 202, go North on Rt 29 to Yellow Springs Rd, right on Yellow Springs to Wilson Road (just before closed covered bridge). right on Wilson to parking on right. Restrooms available. Bring water, snack & lunch.
NEW SHORTER HIKE; RIDLEY CREEK STATE PARK; SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2016 George March - 9/23/2016
RIDLEY CREEK STATE PARK – 5 Miles - Class A. Meet HL Elizabeth Brecht 484-454-5765 at the park office parking lot at 9 AM. We will walk the paved path. Directions: From Rt. 352, go north on Gradyville Road for 1 mile; turn right onto Sandy Flash Road (park entrance gate) and right onto the first road to upper parking lot. Bring snack and water.
REMINDER; NO HORSE-SHOE TRAIL HIKE ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2016 George March - 9/8/2016
See Announcement (below) for new hike on Saturday, September 10, 2016: VALLEY FORGE NATIONAL PARK
NEW HIKE; VALLEY FORGE NATIONAL PARK: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2016 George March - 9/8/2016
VALLEY FORGE NATIONAL PARK—Meet HL Rudy Penczer, 610-220-9878, at 8:30 at the parking lot on Rte 23 just east of the chapel in Valley Forge. We will walk on Mt Joy and over Mt Misery to the new Bagel shop in Chesterbrook and back. Bring water.
NEW HIKE; HORSE-SHOE TRAIL; SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2016 George March - 8/31/2016
HORSE-SHOE TRAIL - RT. 625, KNAUERS to TRAILSIDE. 16+ Miles, Class C. This is the fifth of 10 hikes to cover the entire 140-mile Horse-Shoe Trail using the new maps. Meet HL Ingrid Cantarella Fox - 484-432-2150 at 7:30 AM at Park Place Diner • 2270 North Reading Road, Denver, PA 17517. Directions: Take turnpike to Reading/Lancaster Exit 286. Follow signs to Rt 272 and go North on Rt. 272 to Hill Street. Meet on the Hill Street side of the diner. Bring lunch, snack, water. Shuttle hike.
HIKE CANCELLATION; RIDLEY CREEK STATE PARK; SATURDAY, JULY 23, 2016 George March - 7/15/2016
The RIDLEY CREEK STATE PARK (Shorter Hike) scheduled for Saturday, July 23, 2016 is cancelled.
HIKE CANCELLATION; SATURDAY, JULY 16, 2016 George March - 7/5/2016
The SHARP AND SECOND MOUNTAINS hike scheduled for Saturday, July 16, 2016 is cancelled due to a conflict in the Hike Leader's schedule. A substitute hike is being scheduled. Please watch for an Announcement about that on this site.
ALTERNATE HIKE; HIBERNIA COUNTY PARK; SATURDAY, JULY 2, 2016 George March - 7/1/2016
HIBERNIA COUNTY PARK: 6-7 Miles, Class B. Meet HL Pete Hinckley 610-506-0799 at 9:00 AM in the main parking lot near Hibernia Mansion. Directions: Take Rt. 30 Bypass to Rt. 82 North. Go north on Rt. 82 for about 2 miles to Cedar Knoll Road, turn left and go another 2 miles to park entrance on the left. Bring snack and water.
MEETING PLACE CHANGE; HORSESHOE TRAIL HIKE; SATURDAY, JUNE 4, 2016 George March - 6/3/2016
HORSE-SHOE TRAIL- CHARLESTOWN SCHOOL TO WASHINGTON’S HQS. 1. Please be aware that Rt. 252 is closed from the covered bridge to Washington’s Quarters, and you will need to enter the park on Rt 23. 2. We need to change the meeting place for this hike because there are posted “2 hour parking” restrictions in the original parking lot near Washington’s HQs. 3. The new meeting place will be in the Varnum's Quarters lot (Von Steuben's Statue) about a half mile from the original parking place. The new lot is also on Rt 23, between the Chapel and the Washington’s Headquarers lot. This will add about half a mile to the length of the hike. 4. Directions: From the chapel on Rt 23, continue about a half mile to parking on the left. From Washington’s headquarters lot, continue on Rt. 23 about 0.3 mile to parking at the statue on the right. Cell phone number: 610-883-0602
ALTERNATE (SHORTER) HIKE; SATURDAY, MAY 7, 2016 George March - 5/5/2016
HIBERNIA PARK - 7 Miles, Class B. Join HL Pete Hinckley 610-273-3639, cell 610 506-0799 at 9:00 AM in the parking lot by the park office for this loop hike. Directions: Take Rt. 30 bypass to Rt. 82 north; go north on Rt. 82 for about 2 miles to Cedar Knoll Road; turn left and go another 2 miles. Park entrance is on left. Bring snack and water, and lunch if you'd like to eat in the park with the group after the hike. Steady rain cancels. If in doubt, call.
MEETING PLACE CHANGE; WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2016 George March - 5/2/2016
The parking lot for the Wednesday, May 4 hike has been changed. The Pawlings Road lot is closed. Instead, park at Schuylkill River Trail parking lot. Directions: Follow the driving directions in the Hiking Schedule. When you get the to the closed Pawlings Road parking area (Ingrid will be standing here), continue for about 3/4 mile to the lot on the left hand side. There is a Schuylkill River Trail Parking sign just past the road into the parking lot. If you cross over Rt. 422 you have gone too far.
EAST BRADFORD TOWNSHIP TRAIL BLAZER RUN; THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2016 George March - 3/11/2016
Information about this is posted on the Schedule of Events page of this Website.
REMINDER: HIKE LOCATION CHANGE; SUNDAY, MARCH 14, 2016 George March - 3/11/2016
The hike on Sunday, March 14, 2016 is as follows: 5 Miles, Class B. EAST GOSHEN PARK - Meet HL Buzz Van Riper, 484-467-4028 at 1:30 PM in the parking lot by the baseball field. Directions: From Route 202 take the Paoli Pike exit and go east toward Paoli for 4.7 miles. The park is on your left. Bring snack and water.
NEW HIKE; SUNDAY, JANUARY 31, 2016 George March - 1/30/2016
RIDLEY CREEK STATE PARK: Sunday, January 31, 2016. 5 Miles - Class A. Meet HL Dee McGrath (610-331-7410) at 1:30 PM at the park's lower level parking lot for a hike on the park's bike trail. This is the same hike that Malcolm Wise leads every Tuesday morning.
HIKE CANCELLATION; WARWICK COUNTY PARK; SUNDAY, JANUARY 31, 2016 George March - 1/30/2016
HIKE CANCELLED; SUNDAY, JANUARY 31, 2016; WARWICK COUNTY PARK. HL Bob McGinnis has cancelled this hike due to heavy snow on the trails in the park.
HIKE CANCELLATION; MONDAY, JANUARY 25, 2016 George March - 1/25/2016
FULL MOON HIKE ALONG STRUBLE TRAIL. Monday evening January 25, 2016. This hike is cancelled due to snow conditions on the trail.
HIKE CANCELLATIONS; SATURDAY and SUNDAY, JANUARY 23-24, 2016 George March - 1/22/2016
ALL HIKES IN THE HIKING SCHEDULE FOR SATURDAY AND SUNDAY JANUARY 23-24, 2016 ARE CANCELLED
HIKE LEADER'S HIKE INVITATIONS George March - 12/17/2015
Click on the HIKE LEADER'S HIKE INVITATIONS link in the vertical menu on the lrft side of this page to see a listing of hikes that Chester County Trail Club Hike Leader's are inviting non-members to come out and enjoy with club members. This is your opportunity to get to know us, and to experience a few of the many, many hikes that are posted on each quarter's Hiking Schedule for all club members.
HIKE CANCELLATION; INDIAN ORCHARDS/LINVILL; WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2015 George March - 12/1/2015
INDIAN ORCHARDS/LINVILL -- WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2015. HL Dee McGrath 610-331-7410 is canceling this hike for Wednesday 12/2/15 because of the weather predictions. Instead, it will be held on Friday, December 4th. Other than the date change from 12/2 to 12/4, the information in the Hiking Schedule for 12/2 is correct.
HIKE CANCELLATION; WEDNESDAY; OCTOBER 28, 2015 George March - 10/27/2015
WEDNESDAY EVENING FIVE TO SIX MILE HIKE ON THE PERKIOMEN TRAIL Based on the weather forecast for Wednesday, October 28, the above hiked has been canceled.
RIDLEY CREEK TUESDAY MORNING HIKES DURING OCTOBER George March - 10/5/2015
Hike Leader Monnie Ross advises that her Tuesday morning hikes in Ridley Creek Park at 9 am will be suspended, probably until the first Tuesday in November. She is still recuperating from a fall. We’ll let you know when the hike resumes.
HIKE TIME CHANGE; VALLEY FORGE TUESDAY EVENINGS George March - 9/21/2015
HL Bijal Shah has changed the time for his Tuesday evening hikes at Valley Forge for the rest of September and October to 5:45 PM. The hikes at Perkiomen and Schuylkill Trails in November and December will remain at 6:30 PM.
LOCATION CHANGE; TUESDAY EVENING HIKES; EFFECTIVE TUESDAY, MAY 5, 2015 George March - 5/5/2015
HL Bijal Shah has changed the location of the Tuesday evening hike, starting Tuesday, May 5th until the fall, from the Perkiomen trail to Valley Forge Park, meeting at the Knox parking lot. Directions: From the intersection of Rt. 3 and Rt. 252, take Rt. 252 north for 9 miles. Turn left at Valley Forge Rd. (This will be Rt. 252 north). Drive 1.3 miles to the Knox parking lot on the left.
PARKING AT VALLEY FORGE NATIONAL PARK George March - 8/14/2014
Changes at Valley Forge National Park Covered Bridge Parking lot—CLOSED New Yellow Springs Parking Lot– OPEN with restrooms. (Access on Library Road or Wilson Road) Hike Leaders: This makes a lovely new place to park with facilities and replaces the parking at Washington’s Headquarters that has been closed to hiking/running groups. Friday Morning Hikers please note! Park at Yellow Springs parking pot and follow new trail over to Mt. Misery. (You can walk thru the closed parking lot.)
BRIDGE ACROSS SUSQUEHANNA PETITION; PLEASE SIGN George March - 2/3/2014
BRIDGE ACROSS SUSQUEHANNA The East Coast Greenway has started a petition for public signatures supporting bike and ped on the rail bridge. It went live on Tuesday and has 538 signatures on it at this time. Please sign the petition and also share the petition. We want to see thousands of names on the petition to get some traction in Congress, the state senate and the state house. Find link to the petition on the Newsletters/Bulletins/Etc. page from the vertical menu on the left side of this page. Thank you.
TICK-BORNE DISEASE INFECTION (BABESIOSIS) George March - 1/18/2013
Here's information about a disease different than Lyme disease that's spread by deer ticks. It's called Babesiosis. Visit these Websites: http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/babesiosis/ http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/babesiosis/prevent.html http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/babesiosis/epi.html
FACEBOOK PAGE; CHESTER COUNTY TRAIL CLUB George March - 9/3/2012
Chester County Trail Club has a facebook page. Visit it at https://www.facebook.com/ChesterCountyTrailClub?filter=1 That link is also in the list links in the Hiking, Camping, and Outdoor Resources section on the Links page of this Website. Enjoy!
CHESTER COUNTY TRAIL CLUB HIKING SCHEDULES George March - 5/7/2010
The Chester County Trail Club publishes Hiking Schedules on a calendar year quarterly basis, e.g., the first quarterly schedule is for the months of January, February, and March, etc. The current and most recent past quarterly schedules are posted on the Website in the Library within the Member Section. Access to the content of the Member Section is private, and only accessible by club members. Members must have a personal e-mail address, to which their Member Section login information can be sent after they become a member.
Welcome George March - 8/11/2009
Welcome to the new Chester County Trail Club Website