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Gibson Covered Bridge Trails

Average Rating:    (3.71 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 14

I used to ride here a lot about 4 years ago. I just went back recently to see how much developing had taken over in the area and it turned out to be very little. Of the areas I ride in my local area, this is by far the biggest. The variety of terrain covers the spectrum, from flat, dirt-road width trails along the bottom, to very technical double-track hills, to rolling single and double track trails along the top and sides of the hills. The technical difficulty also varies making it a good place for beginners to explore a bit, and a great place for more experienced riders to try out their high-speed riding, as well as their climbing and descending skills. For the very brave, I remember a few extremely steep pieces of trail in this area, so if you're hungry, go exploring, and I'm sure you'll find them. Finally, of all of the places I've ridden, this is one of my favorites because it is not crowded and it has everything to offer riders new to this area.
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Latitude
40.016078
Longitude
-75.718261
Trail Directions
The trailhead is on Harmony Hill Road, on the north side of US Rte. 322 about midwat between Downingtown and West Chester. As you're travelling on 322, just look for a covered bridge. There's a parking area just on the other side. Right now the bridge is closed, so follow the detour signs for Harmony Hill road. They'll dump you onto Harmony Hill at a 4-way stop about a mile away from the parking area.
Trail Length
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Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Downingtown/West Chester
   


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Review Date
April 8, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Jongalt26 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
These trails are great, you are either going downhill or uphill. When combined with Marsh Creek (just a few miles away) this makes for a great day of biking.

The trailhead is at 1200 skelp level road. There is a white line painted on the riad before and after the skelp level parking entrance. There is also parking at the end of Harmony Hill rd (at the covered bridge) and the intersection of skelp level / 322.

Recommended Route:
Bear to the left at the trailhead, follow the blue trail, bear to the left to find the black trail and ride past Bud Maugers memorial.

The other good ride is bear to the right / straight at the trailhead (red) and then take a left on yellow and follow yellow down.

My favorite way back up is to take the access connector from the paved path at the bottom of yellow (#3 on the map) back up to green and green up.

Cool sites:
There's a geo-cache in the ruins (#10) on the map, great for when i take the kids out there.
There's a memorial at the apex of Black that has a nice bench as well. Definitely worth checking out.

Cons:
There are typically a lot of hikers out here, the better the weather the more there are.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Marsh Creek.



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Review Date
April 20, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: coleman101 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Although the trails are pretty short I was able to get 6 miles of riding in before lightning started. It had rained all day so there were some pretty soft areas but were still passable. I rode sections of all of the trails and there was a little of everything, steep climbs, tight turns, high speed, many tree roots and rock. I did not branch out to explore but there looked to be some nice areas to go of track.

Recommended Route:
Park at the covered bridge on Harmony Hill Rd and enter black trail just down the paved path heading toward Downingtown. You have to come off Skelp Level Rd since the bridge is 1 way.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
French Creek, Brandywine State Park, Marsh Creek, Beaver Valley



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Review Date
May 8, 2010

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: theSAWzall ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Rode this trail today, mostly on the white/black route. It was a blast. Challenging, but not so difficult that it is impassible (like much of the Wissahickon is for me).

Access: The covered bridge is open now, but only one-way (westbound). I suggest parking along 322, there lot here seems to be public:
764 Downingtown Pike, Downingtown, PA
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=764+Downingtown+Pike,+downingtown,+PA&sll=39.965781,-75.631494&sspn=0.00865,0.01929&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=764+Downingtown+Pike,+Downingtown,+Chester,+Pennsylvania+19335&t=h&z=16



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Review Date
July 20, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: sdarnall237 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I'm starting to really enjoy these trails. There is alot of variety. Off camber switchbacks, roots and some nice descents are through out the park, but thetrails are mainly nice and flowy. I just discovered the rocky trail through the old ruins today, that was neat. Lots of things to be discovered. I'm looking forward to riding it again.

Recommended Route:
Start at Victory.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
there are a few, but I'm sure you are already aware of them.



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Review Date
November 12, 2007

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: mcdtown1 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
These trails are open again, they have been rerouted and are quite nice. The other side of skelp level rd (paradise farm) is closed now. Most of the real technical dh's are gone and so are the jumps, they have been replaced with some nice flowing trails though.

Recommended Route:
They keep changing them and closing them just go there- don't cross the brandywine or a road and you will find your car again

Other recommended trails in the same area:
french, marsh, wisa, fair hill, white clay



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