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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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

POSTPONED HIKES; SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15th and 16th TO MONDAY, DECEMBER 17th George March - 12/13/2018
The weather forecast is rain on Saturday and Sunday, December 15th and 16th. Hike Leaders Barbara Rinehart and Dee McGrath have decided to cancel the Chester Creek Trail hike on Saturday because the area is prone to flooding . Hike Leader Dee McGrath has also canceled her Sunday, December 16th hike at Newlin Grist Mill for the same reason. GOOD NEWS : The Hike Leaders have decided to do BOTH hikes on MONDAY, DECEMBER 17th. Please meet Monday morning at 9:00 AM (see Saturday's write up in the Hiking Schedule for directions to the meeting place at Squire Cheney Park). The hike will be to the Frazier Ruins and back to our cars. Those who would like to continue and go on the second hike can follow the Hike Leaders about 2 miles down the road to the Newlin Grist Mill. If you are doing the second hike bring lunch. The total hiking distance for both hikes will be about 10 to 12 miles.
ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY; FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2018 George March - 12/11/2018
NOTE: This work hike replaces the weekly-scheduled Friday morning hike at Wolf's Hollow County Park. Hi folks. It's that time again: Adopt a Highway, Friday, December 14 at 10:00 AM. We'd like to have 15 or more helpers. Check your hiking schedule for details. Please let INGRID at ingridcf@verizon.net and Elizabeth gottahike@aol.com know if you can help. For those of you, who don’t like being on Route 202 or Route 322, please come and help us clean up the parking area where we park. Thank you all in advance. Ingrid
ALTERNATE HIKE; RIDLEY CREEK STATE PARK; SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2018 George March - 12/6/2018
RIDLEY CREEK STATE PARK – 6 Miles, Class A. Meet HL Elizabeth Brecht 484-800-8084 at the park office at 8:30 AM, for this walk on the paved trail. 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.
SHORT HIKE; SADSBURY WOODS PRESERVE; SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2018 George March - 11/30/2018
SADSBURY WOODS PRESERVE - Meet Hike Leader Kelly Molen at 9:00 AM at the Preserve parking lot at 443 Old Wilmington Road Coatesville, PA. for this 3 mile hike. Bring water and snack. No stream crossings. This is a great hike for those new to hiking or looking for a shorter, slower paced hike. Directions: Business Rt. 30 (Lincoln Highway) West from Coatesville until light at Old Wilmington Rd. Turn right (north) and drive 1.8 miles to gravel parking lot on the left. GPS Address: 443 Old Wilmington Road Coatesville, PA
HIKE CANCELLATION & LOCATION CHANGE; SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2018 George March - 11/28/2018
The shorter hike scheduled to take place on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at WELSH MOUNTAIN PRESERVE & MONEY ROCKS is cancelled due to extremely wet and muddy conditions on Welsh Mountain. Instead, Hike Leaders the Erbs will lead an 8 Mile Class A hike around West Chester. (Click on header above to display full information.)
HIKE CANCELLATION; SHOWERS STEPS/APPALACHIAN TRAIL; SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2018 George March - 11/23/2018
Due to the Hike Leader's concerns about weather conditions creating possible black ice conditions on roadways near the mountain and on the trail, he has cancelled the SHOWERS STEPS/APPALACHIAN TRAIL hike for Saturday, November 24, 2018.
HIKE CANCELLATION; HARMONY HILL; THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2018 George March - 11/20/2018
On Thanksgiving Day, November 22nd, The regularly-scheduled Thursday afternoon hike at Harmony Hill is cancelled. Happy Thanksgiving!
CANCELLED HIKES; FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2018 George March - 11/15/2018
ALL CCTC hikes scheduled for Friday, November 16th are cancelled due to weather conditions on roadways and trails.
CCTC MILEAGE & ACHIEVEMENTS; OCTOBER 1, 2017 - SEPTEMBER 30, 2018 George March - 11/4/2018
CCTC Recorded Mileage & Achievements 10/1/17- 9/30/18 (PDF) Congratulations to Jack Piskai on his first achievement of being CCTC's Trailmaster...this year with 1,647.7 miles. Congratulations too to Kathy Borrell, Mike Donnelly, Ingrid Cantarella-Fox, Jim Gross, and Greg Frederick who each surpassed the 1,000 mile mark this year; and to our seventeen hardy hikers who logged more than 500 miles. Elizabeth Breck continues to lead us all in overall miles hiked with the Club...24,145.4 miles, and very honorable mention to both Don Barber with 23,861.0 miles and Malcolm Wise with 20,469.0 miles. A copy of the entire document is posted in the Member Section on the Library page.
SUBSTITUTE HIKE; CHESTERBROOK; SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2018 George March - 11/2/2018
Due to the cancellation of the GOOSE CREEK / RUSTIN HIGH hike on Saturday, November 3rd, Hike Leader Ingrid Cantarella-Fox has scheduled a substitute hike at CHESTERBOOK. 7 Miles, Class A-B. Meet HL Ingrid Cantarella-Fox 484-432-2150 at 9:00 AM in the Wilson Park Parking lot to the right of the Lee Road entrance. Directions: From RT. 202 Chesterbrook exit take Chesterbrook Boulevard past hotel to Lee Road on right. Turn right onto Lee Road and then right into the parking lot inside Wilson Park. Bring water and snack. Restrooms available.
*HIKE LEADER CHANGE; SMEDLEY PARK HIKE; WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2018 George March - 11/2/2018
The Hike Leader for the SMEDLEY PARK hike on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 will be Kathy Mowrer (610.314.1465).
MINUTES OF JULY 31, 2018 CCTC BOARD MEETING George March - 10/31/2018
After receiving comments from a Club member that the minutes of the Chester County Trail Club's Board of Directors meeting held on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 were not posted on the Website, an inspection of the content of the Board and Annual Meeting Minutes page was done. The minutes were in fact posted there on September 6, 2018, but because the list of documents is sorted/listed alphabetically by the header of the posting, that particular one was not on the top of the list. An asterisk has been added to the header, which moved the posting to the top of the list.
DRIVING DIRECTIONS; ROAD CLOSURE DRIVE-THROUGH; WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2018; George March - 10/30/2018
LAUREL LOCKS FARM - Wednesday Oct 31, 9:00 AM. HL Greg Frederick has offered some clarification about the route to the LAUREL LOCKS FARM hike on Wednesday, October 31st. After turning off route 100 onto Route 724 west to Birdsboro, there is a Road Closed sign about a half mile from Laurel Locks and the start of the hike. The road is open to Laurel Locks, so go forward a half mile to the Laurel Locks Farm entrance on the right (north).
HIKE CANCELLATION; AIRDRIE FOREST; SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2018 George March - 10/25/2018
The Hike Leader has cancelled the AIRDRIE FOREST (Shorter Hike)on Saturday, November 27, 2018
NEW HIKE; SHORTER ON SATURDAY; HIBERNIA PARK; SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2018 George March - 10/16/2018
HIBERNIA COUNTY PARK - Meet HL Pete Hinckley cell 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. Rain cancels.
HIKE CANCELLATION; HARMONY HILL; Thursday, October 11, 2018 George March - 10/10/2018
The regularly-scheduled Thursday afternoon hike at HARMONY HILL, next on Thursday afternoon October 11th, has been cancelled by the Hike Leader due to the weather forecast for afternoon thunderstorms.
HIKE CANCELLATION; FULL MOON HIKE ALONG THE STRUBLE TRAIL; MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2018 George March - 9/24/2018
The FULL MOON HIKE ALONG THE STRUBLE TRAIL scheduled to begin at 7:00 PM on Monday evening September 24th is cancelled due to the weather forecast for heavy rain.
SPECIAL BUDGET MEETING; MONDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2018 George March - 9/20/2018
The Chester County Trail Club Board of Directors will hold a special budget meeting from 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM on Monday, October 1, 2018, in the Community Room in the West Goshen Township Building, 1025 Paoli Pike, West Chester, PA. All CCTC members are invited to attend.
HIKE LOCATION CHANGE; NEWLIN GRIST MILL; SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2018 George March - 9/14/2018
NEWLIN GRIST MILL - 5 Miles - Class A. Meet Hike leader Dee McGrath 610-331-7410 at 1:30 PM for a loop hike at the Mill located at 219 South Cheyney Road, Glen Mills, PA. Directions: From Route 202 and Route 1, go north on Route 1 for 2.2 miles. Turn right onto Cheyney Road; the mill entrance is on the right. Heavy rain cancels. Bring water and snack . Also, carpool among friends as the parking lot is small.
HIKE LOCATION CHANGE; NOLDE FOREST ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER; SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2018 George March - 9/12/2018
NOLDE FOREST ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER (State Park) - 12 Miles - Class B. Join HL George March 610-384-3753 for a series of intertwined loop hikes on the Coffee Pot Hollow, Boulevard, Spruce, Cabin Hollow Road, Apple Tree and other trails throughout the northeast portion of the park. A trail map is available on-line at: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/cs/groups/public/documents/document/dcnr_003596.pdf Meet at 8:00 AM at the Clock Tower Plaza on the southeast corner of PA Routes 10 and 23, behind the Burger King in Morgantown for carpooling to the trailhead. Directions from PA turnpike: Exit at Morgantown; follow the signs for Routes PA 10 south, and PA 23. At the traffic light at the T-intersection in Morgantown turn right. Continue to the Clock Tower Plaza lot by turning left at the light on PA 10/PA 23 at I-176, (Trailhead parking lot GPS Coordinates: N40° 19.776’, W076° 06.481’) Bring water, snack and lunch.
NEW ALTERNATE SHORTER HIKE; STRUBLE TRAIL; SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2018 George March - 9/6/2018
STRUBLE/UWCHLAN TRAIL - 7 Miles, Class A - Meet HL Elizabeth Brecht 484-800-8084 at 8:30 AM at the Rite Aid Drugstore in Downingtown, at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Wallace Avenue. Directions: From west on Business Rt. 30, turn right onto Wallace Avenue (at the traffic light in the center of Downingtown). Go straight through the next traffic light, and turn right into the Rite Aid parking lot. Bring snack and water.
HIKE CANCELLATION; HIBERNIA PARK; SUNDAY, AUGUST 19, 2018 George March - 8/19/2018
Due to inclement weather, the Hike Leader has cancelled the HIBERNIA PARK hike scheduled for Sunday, August 19th.
FIRST STATE NATIONAL PARK HIKE; WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22, 2018 George March - 8/19/2018
There is no work hike on Wednesday, August 22nd. Instead, at 9:00 AM, HL Bill Gehrman (610.996.3512) will lead a 7 mile, Class B hike in the FIRST STATE NATIONAL PARK in Delaware. Directions: Traveling south on U.S. Route 202 cross U.S. Route 1, then 2.0 miles and turn right onto Smithbridge Road. At the Stop sign at the covered bridge, turn left onto Creek Road and go 0.2 miles to the parking lot on right. Coordinates 39.83330, - 75.57512. Bring water and snack.
OAKBOURNE PARK (Westtown Township) HIKE: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2018 George March - 8/19/2018
On Wednesday, August 29th, HL Sue Fredrick (610.399.1512) will lead a 5 mile, Class B hike in OAKBOURNE PARK in Westtown Township on the Oakbourne Trail and surrounding area. Directions: Traveling south on U.S. Route 202 out of West Chester, turn left (east) onto East Pleasant Grove Road just past Stetson Middle School. Proceed about 1.0 mile and turn left onto South Concord Road. Proceed to main parking lot entrance on the left. Meet beside Oakbourne Mansion. Hiking boots recommended. Rain cancels. Bring water and snack.
DIRECTIONS CHANGE; LANCASTER COUNTY CENTRAL PARK; WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2018 George March - 8/8/2018
Lancaster County Central Park--Change in meeting location and time The Erbs will meet hikers at Central Park at 9:30 A.M. Directions: From the Walmart Shopping Center at Rt. 10 and Rt.30, go west on Rt. 30 for 16.5 miles. ( Do not take the 30 Bypass ) Continue Straight on Rt 30, which becomes Rt 462 West for 2.6 miles to S. Broad St. Turn Left on S. Broad for 1.2 miles, then left into park entrance. Park in first lot on right. Bring snack, lunch and water. Cell# 484-467-7065
HIKE CANCELLATION; PERKIOMEN TRAIL; SATURDAY, AUGUST 4, 2018 George March - 7/27/2018
The PERKIOMEN TRAIL hike scheduled for Saturday, August 4, 2018 has been cancelled by the St. Peter's Food Pantry fundraiser.
HIKE CANCELLATION AND RESCHEDULE; HORSE-SHOE TRAIL WORK HIKE; NOW WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1, 2018 George March - 7/27/2018
The HORSE-SHOE TRAIL WORK HIKE scheduled for Wednesday, August 22, 2018 is cancelled. It has been rescheduled to Wednesday, August 1, 2018. Check the Hiking Schedule writeup for August 21st for meeting place details...location, time, etc.
HIKE CANCELLATION; WEDNESDAY EVENING VALLEY FORGE PARK HIKE; WEDNESDAY, JULY 25, 2018 George March - 7/25/2018
Th weekly Wednesday evening hike at VALLEY FORGE PARK is cancelled due to the forecast for heavy rainstorms.
HIKE CANCELLATION; HARMONY HILL TO VICTORY; WEDNESDAY, JULY 25, 2018 George March - 7/25/2018
The HARMONY HILL TO VICTORY hike scheduled for Wednesday, July 25th is cancelled due to the weather forecast for heavy rain, and flash flood warnings.
HARMONY HILL WORK HIKE; THURSDAY, JULY 5, 2018 George March - 7/2/2018
The WORK HIKE at Harmony Hill, scheduled for Thursday, July 5th, is reverting to a normal Thursday afternoon hike because trail conditions don't require aggressive work. Nevertheless, HL Leslie Spangler suggests bringing hand clippers to "snip off the occasional rogue vegetation as we go."
BILLY GOAT TRAIL; SATURDAY, JUNE 30, 2018 George March - 6/29/2018
The National Park Service advises that Sections A and C of the Billy Goat Trail are open, as is the C&O Canal towpath and all the trails in the wooded area north of the canal. The hike will be 10 miles, Class C in some areas, but mostly Class B, and with an option to remain on the Class A towpath to skirt the Billy Goat A trail's Class C area. NOTE: There is a park entrance fee of $10.00 per vehicle, which is waived with presentation (per vehicle) of a National Parks Senior Pass or a specific C&O Canal National Historic Park annual pass. NOTE WELL: The weather forecast is for temperatures in the high-90's with a heat index exceeding 100. BRING EXTRA WATER.
HIKE CANCELLATION; LUM'S POND; SATURDAY, June 23, 2018 George March - 6/22/2018
The hike at LUM'S POND scheduled for Saturday, June 23rd is cancelled due to the weather forecast for thunder storms, and because of already wet trail conditions there.
HARMONY HILL HIKES; WEDNESDASY AND THURSDAY, JUNE 20 - 21,2018 George March - 6/20/2018
The bridge on Skelp Level Road south of Boot Road is closed for repairs. Access to the hike parking lot meeting place off Skelp Level Road can be reached by traveling north on Skelp Level Road from US 322.
TYLER ARBORETUM HIKE: SATURDAY, Juily 16, 2018 (GATE OPENING TIME 9:00 AM) George March - 6/13/2018
The Hike Leader for Saturday morning's hike at Tyler Arboretum, scheduled to begin at 9:00 AM, was advised today (Wednesday 6/13) by a Tyler representative, that the Arboretum's timeclock-controlled gate to the parking lot and visitor center cannot be opened earlier than 9:00 AM. In the past, the Hike Leader was able to make advance arrangements to have the gate manually opened sooner to allow vehicle entry to the parking lot so the hike itself could begin at 9:00 AM, but that's no longer possible. Since the gates open at 9:00 AM, please be prepared to drive through the gate at that time, which means that there will be a lineup of cars along the perimeter fence along Painter Road near the gate before then. Whatever time you arrive on Painter Road, please be prepared to join the line of cars to caravan through the gate at 9:00 AM. Thank you!
CANCELLED HIKE; VALLEY FORGE; SUNDAY, MAY 27, 2018 George March - 5/27/2018
The hike at Valley Forge on Sunday afternoon, May 27th is cancelled due to the weather forecast for thunderstorms.
HARMONY HILL NATURE AREA; WORK HIKE; THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2018 George March - 5/23/2018
Thursday, May 24 will be a work hike at Harmony Hill at the same time and place as the usual Thursday afternoon hike. Bring gloves and tools of choice, clippers, hedge trimmers, hand saws, etc. No power tools necessary this time.
HIKE CANCELLATION; MIDDLE CREEK TO RT. #22; WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25. 2018 George March - 4/24/2018
The HLs have cancelled the MIDDLECREEK TO RT. 322 hike on Wednesday, April 25th, due to the weather forecast for heavy rain that will create unfavorable trail conditions.
CCTC GEAR EVENT; ENDED George March - 4/21/2018
THE CCTC Gear Swap event at Hibernia Park ended successfully at 4:00 PM on Saturday, April 21, 2018.The event was originally scheduled for that day from 2:00 - 8:00 PM, but due to it being obvious that everyone who planned to bring gear to display at the event had done so by 2:00 PM, and had selected any items they wanted to take away from the event; and that no one else had arrived at the event for over an hour and a half, it was ended at 4:00 PM
HIKE CANCELLATION; BRANDYWINE TRAIL EARTH DAY HIKE; SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2018 George March - 4/21/2018
The EARTH DAY hike on the Brandywine Trail, originally planned to occur on Sunday, April 22, 2018 is cancelled.
REMINDER; CCTC GEAR EVENT; SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2018 George March - 4/18/2018
BEGIN PREPARING NOW! HIKING, CAMPING, BACKPACKING GEAR GIVEAWAY, SELL, OR TRADE EVENT. HIBERNIA COUNTY PARK; 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM RAIN OR SHINE. Need to make space in your gear box and closets? Need to add something to your clothing and equipment assortment? Come to Pavilion #1 at Hibernia Park for a gear down, gear up event on Saturday, April 21st. Bring any hiking, camping, or backpacking clothing or equipment of any kind that you’re willing to give away, sell at a yard sale price, or trade for something else. There is parking for more than 50 vehicles at the pavilion, and there are restrooms and two children’s playgrounds. There are 24 full-size picnic tables under the pavilion’s roof. The event begins at 2:00 PM after the morning hike in the park. (Click on header above for Directions)
WORK HIKE CANCELLED; HORSE-SHOE TRAIL; MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2018 George March - 4/15/2018
The Horse-Shoe Trail work hike, scheduled to begin at Charlestown Elementary School on Monday morning April 16th is cancelled due to the severe weather forecast.
HIKE CANCELLATION; BRANDYWINE TRAIL END-TO-END; SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2018 George March - 4/11/2018
The Wilmington Trail Club, the sponsor of the Brandywine Trail End-To-End hike scheduled for Saturday, April 14, 2018, has cancelled the hike.
HIKE CANCELLATION AND REPLACEMENT; SMEDLEY PARK to WOLF'S HOLLOW PARK; WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2018 George March - 4/3/2018
The scheduled Wednesday, April 4th hike at SMEDLEY PARK is cancelled because of trail closures due to weather. In its place, Mike Donnelly will lead a 6-7 mile hike on Wednesday 4/4 at WOLF'S HOLLOW COUNTY PARK at 9:30 AM. Directions to Wolf's Hollow are on the first page of the Hiking Schedule.
ADVENTURE HIKE; SMEDLEY PARK, DELAWARE COUNTY; MONDAY, APRIL 2, 2018 George March - 3/29/2018
On Monday morning April 2nd, at 10:00 AM, HL Dee McGrath (610.331.7410) will lead an unscheduled adventure hike at Smedley Park in Delaware County (20 Paper Mill Road, Springfield, PA) Directions are in the Hiking Schedule for the Wednesday, April 4th hike at SMEDLEY PARK.
HIKE CANCELLATION; HARMONY HILL, THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2018 George March - 3/8/2018
The regularly scheduled Thursday afternoon hike at HARMONY HILL is cancelled today, March 8, 2016 due to poor trail conditions.
HIKE CANCELLATION; MOONLIGHT ON THE STRUBLE TRAIL; THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2018 George March - 3/1/2018
The MOONLIGHT ON THE STRUBLE TRAIL hike, originally scheduled for Wednesday February 28th, but postponed to Thursday, March 1st, is CANCELLED due to the weather forecast for heavy rain and strong winds.
HIKE LOCATION CHANGE; WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2018; HIBERNIA COUNTY PARK George March - 2/20/2018
The hike on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 WILL BE at HIBERNIA COUNTY PARK: It is the hike originally scheduled for Wednesday, February 7, 2018. The hike on Wednesday, February 21st will be at Hibernia County Park at 9:30 AM....NOT at Warwick County Park.
CANCELLED HIKE; NEWLIN GRIST MILL; SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2018 George March - 2/10/2018
The NEWLIN GRIST MILL hike scheduled for Sunday, February 11th has been cancelled by the Hike Leader due to the weather forecast for heavy rain.
CANCELLED HIKE; WARWICK PARK; WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2017 George March - 2/6/2018
The WARWICK PARK hike that was switcehd from Wednesday February 21st to Wednesday, February 7th is cancelled due to the forecast for snowy and icy weather.
BRANDYWINE TRAIL HIKE; SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2017 George March - 2/5/2018
BRANDYWINE TRAIL - 12 Miles, Class B. Join HL Don Barber 610-857-2021, cell 484-667- 7407 as we hike from Woodland Trust to Chadds Ford Elementary School. Meet at Chadds Ford School at 8:00 AM in the lower lot. Directions: Take Rt.1 South to just past the Brandywine Museum, and turn right into the school parking lot. Park in the lower lot. We will shuttle to the large parking lot in back of the Red Lobster Restaurant. Bring snack and water.
HIKE LOCATION CHANGE; SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2018 George March - 1/25/2018
The SCHUYLKILL RIVER TRAIL hike scheduled for Saturday, February 3, 2018 has been REPLACED with: JACOBSBURG ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER - 14 Miles, Class B; One Way Drive 74 Miles - Meet HL George March 610-384-3753 for a beautiful loop hike at the foot of Blue Mountain in Northampton County, PA, which includes meadows, woods, and streams. Meet at 7:30 AM at the Marchwood Shopping Center behind the Bistro (formerly 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)
HIKE MEETING LOCATION CHANGE; SERPENTINE PRESERVE; WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2018 George March - 1/23/2018
The meeting place has been changed to East Goshen Park. Directions: From RT. 202 take the Paoli Pike exit and go east toward Paoli for 4.7 miles. The park is on the left.
DIRECTIONS CHANGE; POCOPSON PARK HIKE; WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2018 George March - 1/16/2018
The Directions to the POCOPSON PARK AND ENVIRONS hike on Saturday, January 17, 2018 state, in part, "...The first driveway on the right leads to the parking lot, about 0.1 mile...." The first driveway on the right is incorrect; it is the third driveway on the right.
HIKE CANCELLATION; STRUBLE/UWCHLAN TRAIL; SATURDAY, JANUARY 13, 2018 George March - 1/12/2018
Due to the wind and rain weather forecast, HL Elizabeth Brecht has cancelled the STRUBLE/UWCHLAN TRAIL hike scheduled for Saturday, January 13, 2018
HIKE MEETING LOCATION CHANGE; JOHN HEINZ NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE; SATURDAY, JANUARY 13, 2018 George March - 1/12/2018
Because of the possibility of the small Prospect Park parking lot being flooded at the meeting place identified in the Hiking Schedule for the JOHN HEINZ NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE hike on Saturday, January 13, 2018, HL Dee McGrath has changed the meeting location. Please meet at 8:30 AM at the main visitor center parking lot located at 8601 Lindbergh Blvd, Philadelphia Pa. Directions: I-95 North to exit 10 (towards East Bartram Avenue and Cargo City). Left onto Bartram Avenue. Left onto South 84th Street. Left onto Lindbergh Boulevard. Right into Preserve. Also, at 8:00 AM the Hike Leader will meet people who want to carpool or who want to follow, at Walmart Shopping Center, 605 Conchester Highway, Boothwyn, PA (GPS might require Marcus Hook instead of Boothwyn).
CLARIFICATION: HIKE CLASSIFICATION; STRUBLE TRAIL; SATURDAY, JANUARY 13, 2018 George March - 1/11/2018
The STRUBLE TRAIL hike on Saturday, January 13, 2018 is a Class A hike, not Class B/C as in the Hiking Schedule. HL Elizabeth Brecht says, "...rain cancels. Maybe Saturday morning will have cleared up. But if in doubt, call me 484-454-5765. If canceled, I will also put it on hot line."
CANCELLED HIKES (2); RIDLEY CREEK STATE PARK; TUESDAY, JANUARY 9, 2018 George March - 1/8/2018
The Hike Leaders for the regularly scheduled Tuesday morning hikes at RIDLEY CREEK STATE PARK have cancelled the hikes (both of them) for Tuesday morning, January 9, 2018, because of icy road conditions.
CANCELLED HIKE; EAST GOSHEN PARK; SUNDAY, JANUARY 7, 2018 George March - 1/5/2018
The Hike Leader for the EAST GOSHEN PARK hike scheduled for Sunday, January 7, 2018 has cancelled the hike due to forecast winter weather conditions.
CANCELLED HIKE; WOLF'S HOLLOW COUNTY PARK; FRIDAY, JANUARY 5, 2018 George March - 1/4/2018
The WOLF'S HOLLOW hike scheduled for Friday, January 5, 2018 is cancelled due to forecast very low wind chill temperatures, and drifting snow on local roads.
CANCELLED HIKE; HARMONY HILL; THURSDAY, JANUARY 4, 2018 George March - 1/4/2018
The HARMONY HILL hike scheduled for every Thursday afternoon is cancelled for today, January 4, 2018 because of dangerous highway conditions. NOTE: Hike Leader Leslie Spangler recommends having micro-spikes on future Thursday afternoon winter hikes at Harmony Hill because of the possibility of slippery trail conditions caused by packed snow, and ice on the trail caused by intermittent thawing and refreezing of the snowpack.
CANCELLED HIKE; BEAT-THE-WINTER-BLUES; SATURDAY, JANUARY 6, 2018 George March - 1/3/2018
The Hike Leader for the BEAT-THE-WINTER-BLUES hike on the STRUBLE/UWCHLAN TRAIL scheduled for Saturday, January 6th has cancelled the hike due to forecasted freezing weather.
MARSH CREEK HIKE; SATURDAY, JANUARY 6, 2016 George March - 1/3/2018
NOTICE: If you are driving on Wallace Avenue/PA Route 282/Creek Road from the Downingtown area to the MARSH CREEK - SW & SE SHORES TRAIL hike on Saturday, January 6, 2018, you will see signs that the road is closed ahead, and you will see many detour signs. PA282/Creek Road is closed westbound from Dowlin Forge Road to Hopewell Road, and vice-versa eastbound. Dowlin Forge Road, Hopewell Road, and Dorlan Mill Road 150 feet west of Hopewell Road are open going in either direction. Detour signs are well posted, so follow those signs to bypass the construction area. The highway closing and detours will remain in effect for several months.
NEW YEAR'S DAY HIKE; MONDAY. JANUARY 1. 2018 George March - 12/31/2017
NOTICE:If you are driving to the hike meeting place at Marsh Creek on January 1st, and are on Wallace Avenue/PA 282/Creek Road, you may ignore all road construction and detour signs, The roadway is not scheduled for closure until Tuesday, January 2nd. A separate message will be prepared to advise you of a detour route for the Marsh Creek hike on Saturday, January 6th.
HIKE CANCELLATION; RIDLEY CREEK STATE PARK; SATURDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2017 George March - 12/22/2017
HL Elizabeth Brecht has cancelled the RIDLEY CREEK STATE PARK hike scheduled for Saturday, December 23, 2017, due to the weather forecast for rain.
ALTERNATE (ADDITIONAL) MEETING LOCATION; BIG GUNPOWDER FALLS HIKE; SATURDAY 12/2/17 George March - 12/1/2017
The announced meeting place and time for the Big Gunpowder Fall State Park hike is behind Arby's in the Walmart Shopping Center at the intersection of Routes US 30 and PA 10 in western Chester County at 7:30 AM. For those who find it more convenient, there will be an ADDITIONAL meeting place at approximately 8:00 AM in the rear parking lot of the Walmart located along PA 10 north of Oxford, approximately one mile south of US 1. The hike leader will stop there enroute from the first meeting place. Directions, proceed south on PA 10 from the intersection of US 1, to the second traffic light (Auto Zone store on the northwest corner), turn right and drive approximately 500 feet into the rear Walmart lot.
ALTERNATE HIKE; SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2017 George March - 11/19/2017
HIBERNIA COUNTY PARK - CLASS B, 6-7 Miles - Meet HL Pete Hinckley 610-506-0799 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. Bring snack and water. Rain cancels.
HIKE CANCELLATION; NEWLIN GRIST MILL; SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2017 George March - 10/29/2017
the NEWLIN GRIST MILL hike scheduled for Sunday, October 29, 2017 is cancelled due to the forecast for heavy rain and possible thinderstorms
HIKE LOCATION CHANGE; SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2017 George March - 10/13/2017
Because of special hunting on Milton Hershey Property, Ingrid Cantarella-Fox is changing the location of the October 14th HORSE-SHOE TRAIL hike as posted in the Hiking Schedule. (Click on header above for additional information.)
HIKE CANCELLATION/REPLACEMENT; SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16,2017 George March - 9/15/2017
CANCELLED: Saturday, September 16, 2017 – HORSE-SHOE TRAIL Swatera Creek, Boathouse Park to McClean Bridge Parking Due to the fact that Saturday is the first day of bow hunting and that much of what we would have hiked is in hunting areas, I am cancelling this hike and substituting with the hike below. REPLACED WITH: Chesterbrook, OLC open spaces, Valley Forge Meet HL Ingrid Cantarella-Fox at 8:00 AM for a 12 to 15 mile hike. Class B/C. Meet at Wilson Park. Park in lot on the right at the end of Lee Road. Directions: Take Rt 202 N to Chesterbrook Blvd exit. At end of ramp turn left on Chesterbrook Blvd to Lee Road (just past the hotel on right). Turn right on Lee Rd to parking. Bring snack, lunch, and water. There are restrooms available in first ¼ mile.
HIKE CANCELLATION; INTERCOURSE AND PARADISE; SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2017 George March - 9/1/2017
The INTERCOURSE AND PARADISE hike, scheduled for Saturday, September 2, 2017 has been cancelled by Hike Leaders Sam and Joyce Beyer because of the forecast for bad weather.
NEW HIKE; SCOUTING HIKE; MONDAY. SEPTEMBER 4, 2017 George March - 8/28/2017
Monday 9/4/17, Labor Day. WHITE CLAY CREEK: Scouting hike- part of Delaware Challenge hikes- 6 miles, class B (?). Driving Distance: 30 miles one way. Hike Leader: Jeannette Eslinger 484-798-7265. Meet at Rite Aid in Downingtown (Pennsylvania Ave & Route 282 at 9 am to carpool,or go to White Clay Park, Possum Hill parking lot off Delaware route 72 to meet at 10 am. There is a $8 parking charge for non Delaware resident cars without a parking pass. Bring water and snacks. Rain cancels hike.
CORRECTION; COOL VALLEY and CEDAR HOLLOW PRESERVES HIKE; SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2017 George March - 8/28/2017
Driving Directions Correction:From 202 north or Business Rte. 30, take Rte. 29 north; a short distance past Wegman's turn right onto Swedesford Road. Go 0.8miles to 3rd traffic light, turn left onto Chesterfield Parkway. Park in the Chesterfield Corporate Center lot near the road at 600 Chesterfield Parkway on the left.
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