"The lovely Brandywine Creek weaves its way through Chester County, Pennsylvania, and Delaware to join the Delaware River. Along the way the creek has created a valley of stunning natural beauty. Rolling hillsides, charming fieldstone houses, back-country roads, and rural open lands, all contribute to the charm of this lovely area. Over the years, the river has seen more than 100 mills on its banks, producing everything from flour, paper, black powder, snuff, and textiles. Today, the Brandywine River Valley is a major tourist area, attracting visitors from all across the United States to its beautiful rural landscape and its rich history. The off-road tails within Brandywine State Park offer some of the best singletrack riding and it's just a short drive from Philadelphia and Wilmington. There are many spur trails that connect with the main blaze trails, including the Brandywine Bike Trail that follows along Brandywine Creek, so feel free to explore these trails to add more riding time. Terrain: Singletrack, doubletrack, dirt, and paved roads. Mostly tight single track, with some short rocky sections and wide doubletrack trails. Pass rolling hills and farmland. This is a 795-acre park with over 14 miles of trails. Connects with Woodlawn Land Trust." Read more
"Brandywine Creek State Park was once a dairy farm owned by the famed du Pont family. The stone walls throughout the hike are made of local stone and are reminiscent of simpler times. The area became a state park in 1965 and was one of the first of its kind in the nation.
Today, this park is nearly 1,000 acres and provides 14 miles of trails, as well as numerous recreational activities, including hiking, biking, fishing, and boating. Be sure to check the rules about paying a fee to use the park. Envelopes and drop boxes are located in the parking areas." Read more
"There are a number of interesting and fascinating features on this easy hike, but the most striking feature is the gray-stone walls that run alongside and throughout the park. The walls were constructed by Italian masons for the du Pont family back in the 1800s, when the land that is now the park was their dairy farm. Add to this, rolling hills, beautifully maintained trails through woodlands, the Tulip Tree Woods Nature Preserve, and of course, the centerpiece of the park, Brandywine Creek, and you are all set for a very pleasant hike. Be sure to bring your camera, your children, and a picnic lunch." Read more
"Alternating long views and close contact with Brandywine Creek along Creek Road Trail, which here aligns with the Northern Delaware Greenway, the hike includes an interlude above the scenic Rocky Run gorge. A 1.5-mile option creates a circuit through and above the gorge. Special considerations: Pets are permitted but must be kept on a leash." Read more