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Level: Intermediate
Length: 10 mi (16.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +316/359 ft
Total: 96 riders
 

Mountain Biking East Bradford (Harmony Hill) Recreation Area

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#63 of 297 mountain bike trails in Pennsylvania
#2,610 in the world

Multiple one and two mile loops plus additional trails across 322 and up Sawmill road to create a very challenging 10 mile ride. Trail heads are at the far end of the parking lot. All trails lead from the top of Harmony Hill down to the Brandywine Creek creek bottom, about 250 feet of drop. Follow trails until they start to climb back up; they will loop back to the top of Harmony Hill. Look for the cross trails for some variety and mileage.

Roots, some rocks (but no real rock gardens), twisties, and a few log hops. Occasional mud. Two small, but slick, stream crossings on the lower side trails. Most of the technical is beginner to intermediate, but many beginners have trouble with the vertical. Single-speed is possible, but not easy.

If you follow the creek bottom trail past where it switches back up the hill, you'll emerge at Harmony Hill Road. Cross Harmony Hill Road and you can catch a pedestrian path that connects with West Valley Nature area. Very little technical here, but some nasty climbing. Other adjacent properties to be added in the near future.

Like most trails in this area, it's a nice ride but would be much better if it was longer.

First added by LVolz on Jul 30, 2008. Last updated May 11, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From Rte. 30 & Quarry road in east Downingtown (BJ's shopping center): South on Quarry Road, 1 mile to Boot Road. Turn right at light, west on Boot Road, go 2.25 miles. Turn left, south on Skelp Level Road, go 1 mile to Wilderness Trail. Access Road is 0.1 mile past Wilderness Trail on the right. It is poorly marked, and hidden in roadside foliage. Look for brown farm gate.
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  • Nick Hepler
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    This place offers a little of everything. East of 322 has flowy Middle Run-like trails that drop down toward the creek and climb back up to the Skelp level rd lot. West of 322 has more technical trails like Sawmill and a free ride area in the railroad bed with small jumps, a corkscrew, and some ridge-like trails with good exposure.

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  • iwanttodeletemyaccount
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    I've been here quite a few times, and at the time I'm writing this review it is very muddy. It's a good spot for mountain biking, road biking, walking, running and so on. It has paved trails and singletrack. There are some beginner trails, but the mountain bike trails are best for intermediate riders and up. It's normally muddy in only a few small places, but recently it's been unusually muddy and for now not a good place to ride. But there are some good trails and I would recommend this place. Most of the trail is not too technical however there are uphills that can be tough for some people. I hope this review helped and thanks for reading.

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  • seanmcneice

    Lots of flowy trail with some good and challenging but short climbs. Probably pretty slick when even just a little wet from dew.

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  • Swindlersb
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    Great trails near my home. Short loops but you can easily combine them to make a decent couple of hours long ride. I start up on Skelp Level Road. Most trails there are down the hill then back up. Lots of roots. Wish I had suspension or fat tires at times.
    Look out for grouchy hikers and be polite to them lest they try to ban us from riding here.

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  • Lenny R
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    This trail is pretty awesome!,sure it is a little short, and if u wanna get some miles in your gonna have to do some trails twice. Very well groomed and maintained. It ialso flows very nice, the climbs here are short and separated, you haul down the mountain, hit a few jumps and in 15 min ur back at the top!, also love that u can turn around, hit the trail the other direction and have just as much fun

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  • mhowey
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    Some fun trails here. There is one big outer loop with several cutoffs that you can take to make smaller loops. There is a nice climb on the southern end that goes up through a gully/ravine. Nice challenge to ride up!

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  • apostlewarren
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    This is very good trail. It was a little muddy and icy on the mtb trails today, however overall I enjoyed the outing. I understand the mud is attributed to the melting ice. i look forward to the spring and summer months.

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  • *****

    First time here. Took a while to find the entrance. It is at 1200 Skelp Level Rd. The gate is very easy to miss. Very technical place. The combo of hills n rocks are a good challenge. The downhills are totally awesome. It is shame the trails are so short in length. When you connect the trails you can increase the mileage.

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  • ziggy54t
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    Great location. Pretty much right between West Chester and Downingtown so only a few minutes drive from each which allows for a quick ride. Rated only 3 stars due to sections of the trail getting pretty beat up due to poor drainage from compacted soils, mainly during early spring due to frequent precipitation. Other then that its a good ride, fairly technical, fun downhills followed by immediately heading back uphill. Loop made up of red,yellow,green, blue and black trails. Trails can be accessed from Skelp Level Road where turnoff is marked by a post and a gate is always open, or can park down with the walkers and people out for a stroll on the paved area (which connects to the bottom trailheads) off rt. 322.

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  • marmoset   ✓ supporter
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    Five interconnected loops all around a mile long. Take the "big outside loop" combo for a nice, challenging 5 mile ride with about 1000' of vertical climbing in all, with some 13% grades. Map at the trailhead, although some of the "connectors" are not well marked or maintained. Mostly tree covered, so it's still a nice ride on hotter days.

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  • jamminwithjimi
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    Not sure how many total miles, but there is a decent amount of really good riding here. There's a yellow, red, and a green trail, as well as trails that are unmarked. Currently there is construction on a main chunk of the trail that runs parallel to the East branch of the Brandywine (also parallel to US 322).

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  • LVolz
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    Another mile of singletrack has been added, including a section that runs through the middle of the ruins of a colonial farmhouse.

    Just rode with a local who showed me a connector trail to another three miles of rail maintenence roads and unnamed singletrack, with more under development. There is now more than 10 miles of mountain bike trails accesible from Harmony Hill - five on the Harmony Hill property itself, and at least five more on adjacent properties.

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