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Marsh Creek State Park Trails

Philadelphia/Lehigh Valley Region

Directions & description

Location: Downington, PA. Chester County.

Length/Configuration: 6 miles of trails at western end of park. Design your own ride using interconnecting loops.

Terrain/Surface: Wide natural surface equestrian trail. 

Technical Difficulty: Easy-moderate

Elevation Change: Negligible.

Caution: Shared use with hikers and equestrians. Trails tend to be overgrown and narrow in sections. Bikes not permitted on the dam. Trails very rugged and not marked around the dam area. Use extreme caution when riding during hunting season.

 

 

 

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Marsh Creek State Park Trail Map

Note: The free trail maps on this website have been simplified to provide an overview with approximate locations of trails and special features. Read Full Disclaimer.

Directions:

The park is about two miles west of the village of Eagle on PA 100. Access to the park from the Pennsylvania Turnpike is via PA 100 north. At Eagle, signs direct you to the park.

 

General Description:

1,700 acre Marsh Creek State Park, located in the rolling hills of northcentral Chester County, PA is centered around the 535-acre Marsh Creek Lake. Besides offering good fishing, the lake is especially popular with sailboaters, windsurfers and migrating waterfowl. The forest, fields and wetland habitat of the park is also home to rabbits, squirrels, pheasants, and deer. While swimming is not permitted in the lake, a shallow wading pool and L-shaped swimming pool are available for those who want to cool off.

There are two boat launch areas. A boat rental concession at the East Launch offers rowboats, canoes and sailboats as well as lessons. Other amenities include: a snackbar during summer season, sunning area and bathhouse, two picnic areas, restrooms and charcoal grills. There is a fee for pool use.

 

The Trails:

About 6 miles of multi-use mountain biking, equestrian and hiking trails at Marsh Creek State Park are located in the western side of the park. The trails are especially scenic along the lake. The interconnecting trails tend to be more overgrown and narrow with eroded sections. The other hiking trails throughout the park (shown as a dotted line) are more appropriate for hiking but mountain bikes are permitted. The hiking trails tend to be narrower and more rugged.

Use caution around the dam area. (BIKES NOT PERMITTED ON THE DAM - a big no no) The trails around this area are very rugged, overgown and are not all shown on the park map.

You can do interconnecting loop rides of varying distances. The trails are for the most part grassy with some loose shale. You will encounter some eroded and narrow, overgrown sections. Additionally there may be locations where portage of mountain bikes is necessary due to fallen trees along the trails. From the Brandywine to about the center of the area the trails pass through open fields and the the rest travels through wooded areas. There are no hills but the terrain slopes toward the Brandywine.

 

(many thanks to one of our visitors for providing some additional details on the condition of the trails)

 

 

For more information:

Marsh Creek State Park
675 Park Rd.
Downingtown, PA 19335-1898

Phone: (610) 458-5119
TTY: Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks (888) 537-7294 or 711 (AT&T Relay Services)
Website: Marsh Creek State Park (Official Park trail map available online)

 

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