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Level: Intermediate
Length: 15 mi (24.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +642/618 ft
Total: 192 riders
 

Mountain Biking Brandywine State Park

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#3 of 22 mountain bike trails in Delaware
#675 in the world

mostly single track great down hills as well as some steep uphill climbs lots of technical tree roots, downed trees, and stream crossing with rocks.

First added by Steve_Brang on Jul 17, 2005. Last updated May 10, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: yes
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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From Delaware take 95 north to 202 north make a left at Damons restraunt park in the Jewish center parking lot trail head starts in the tree's....
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  • Woof Dog
    *****

    I'm local to these trails and I love them . If you bring this park up on Google Earth a lot of the trails are mark , so if you think your missing places you just might be . There are a lot of fast trails in the Woodland trust area . Woodland Trust is in Pa side of Beaver Valley and Delaware/Brandywine State Park . Great all around riding for all levels Single Tracks has it as a 15 mile run but I have gone double even triple that without being on same trail twice . If you ride with a pack, carry your own TP the porta potties are horrendous , trust me find a nice private area in the woods and act like a bear .
    There are steep trails , rocky, smooth , long hall ass trails , technical riding , places you can pull over and swim in the creek . You do have to share the trails with hikers and horse's ,its all good . Plenty of parking area's

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  • fuzzysb
    ****

    I haven't ridden here in about 12 years and today I was on a rigid single speed which just made everything seem better

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  • tanner1975
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    My ride here was terrible and it may very well be my own fault so I am giving it a 3. I parked by the Ramsey farm and rode up the hill. Ninety percent of what I could find was basically dirt roads through a corn field. I found some decent to poor singletrack most of which just circled fenced in horse areas. The trails were all loaded with horse crap that you have to avoid. No signage anywhere so you don't really know what you're riding. I am sure there has to be better trails in here somewhere but if you are going for your first time bring someone that knows all the trails or try to get some info before you go. The areas that I found pale in comparison to White Clay. Harmony Hill in WC/Downingtown area is better that what I found and that's not saying much.

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  • Buccoholic
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    I'm a rookie, so take my review from that perspective. Do not attempt to ride the creek side trail unless you are rocking some serious clothing. I went about a half mile and turned back because the briars were murderous. Rode the Rocky Run trail, crossed the creek and then rode clockwise. Trail was rough and once crossing the creek the trek up the mountain was unridable for me. TONS of rocks and tree crossings on a steep grade. Once I reached the top it was a nice ride back down though.

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  • rmap01   ✓ supporter
    ****

    Rode here last year and here's what sticks out in my mind. Hard to navigate, i.e. poor signage. Some very steep climbs, some with 20% grades (according to Strava). A couple of crazy drop areas. Some rocks sections mixed into some fairly steep ascents/descents. Stream crossings. Some flat boring sections. Not nearly as well maintained as White Clay.

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  • joppy81
    *****

    Great trails and well maintained! Park at the JCC and enjoy a nice cruise downhill until the creek. Cross the creek and short up trek and you are on a good mile of downhill! Wish this place wasn't an hour away!

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  • bcottrellthompson
    *****

    I'm not sure how this has been rated intermediate? I came across a hill I had to walk the bike down. Super fun trail system that holds more fruit than my two hour time frame could consume. I will definitely be back for more good, challenging fun. Would love to find someone that would lead the way here as I found it to be somewhat confusing to navigate.

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  • Nick Hepler
    ****

    Rode here a little over the summer, and overall it was enjoyable. The three parks here make for many miles of trails however there are a lot of trails through fields that are too wide and flat for me with little flow or technical features. There's also some insane climbs and drops if you're into that. I felt that the trails could have been marked better too. The trails that do have flow are a blast though so there's a lot of fun to be had here.

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  • 3luLine
    *****

    No place like home! After years of road and a little hiatus to start a family, I'm back. Only this time in the MTB world. Man, do I love Brandywine. It can be a little tough on the single speed 29er but go hard or go home. Plenty of technical, rocky fun here.

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  • Tjsmith
    ***

    Good trail with plenty of rock gardens. I spent 3 hours ridding at Brandywine and didn't hit the same trail twice. If you spend the time here you will find some excellent climbs and challenging rocks.

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  • seanmcneice
    *****

    Home field. Lots of good climbs and descents. Plenty of challenging single track and quick cross country stuff to air out on and fly.

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  • Chris Zeliznak
    ****

    My favorite trail system in SE PA area. Way more than 15 miles of singletrack, with plenty of climbing, technical descents, and rocky goodness.. Be sure to hit the trails in BCSP, First State National Monument, and Woodlawn Preserve to get the best experience.

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  • Cjburd
    ****

    Fun trail. If you go to the Brandywine Creek Park entrance you won't find the trail. Map the Seigel JCC and there is a trail head for rocky mount run. Fun network of trails. Fast downhills and some really steep climbs.

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  • u12ride
    *****

    First time rider and on new bike. I'm glad I went with two people that were experienced with all these trails. The down hills were great, especially through the fields, 27mph. Add we entered the woods from the JCC, I got my first taste of a rock garden downhill. Very exciting. The uphills, oofah, they were tough. My lungs were on fire, I don't think I made it up one all day. We did 11 miles in about two hours. Will definitely go again.

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  • crash9709
    ****

    Great trail and nearby. Some technical spots, some fast sections. Not overcrowded can't beat it for 3 miles away from my house

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  • BB1963
    *****

    Fun and challenging, with a lot of climbs and plenty of rock gardens to pick your way through. These trails are shared with horses and foot traffic in some areas, but there are a lot of good single tracks to choose from . I worked my way in from the north and have uploaded a screenshot from my Strava app that will give you a good idea about how to reach the better biking trails along the northeast side of the park.

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  • RobMarks2
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    What did I do wrong? I went to the Brandywine Creek State Park and the ranger said no biking in park. Instead she said go across the street to First State Ntl Monument. Ranger said to park on Ramsey rd off of Thompson Bridge rd. Parked at big lot. Road 7 miles up and down huge hills. Crossed Beaver Valley Rd twice. No good mountain biking. Just lots and lots of hills. Technical at all. Where was I supposed to be??? Where was I supposed to park? If you know, please answer. I am dying to know

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  • makopolo
    ****

    Very similar in nature to Middle Run, but packed into a smaller park so the climbs feel much steeper. I thinks it's a step up in difficulty as there are more rocks on climbs and it is less manicured.

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  • PerCool
    *****

    Surprisingly fun for DE. I was sure that the mountain biking here would be pitiful, but was pleasantly surprised by the technicality of this trail. The down hills are okay, and the climbs are doable, but overall this is a nice trail which flows nicely and will bring a smile to your face. If you're in the area do not be afraid to stop by, you won't be disappointed by this trail. In my opinion this is an intermediate trail, not an advanced one. There are some very technical sections, but they aren't overwhelmingly steep. I ride here 2-3 times weekly and I see plenty of intermediate riders holding their own. My only point in saying that is, if you aren't an advanced rider, do not be intimidated by the "advanced" rating. Wear a helmet and make sure your brakes work and if you're uncomfortable with a section of trail, dismount and push for a while.

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