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Level: Intermediate
Length: 12 mi (19.3 km)
Surface: Doubletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +457/391 ft
Total: 147 riders
 

Mountain Biking Marsh Creek Park

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#32 of 297 mountain bike trails in Pennsylvania
#1,322 in the world

The trails that begin behind the restrooms are narrow at first, but widen out to doubletrack for most of the ride. Good amount of rocky descents and ascents that all are connected by rail-trail that hugs the Brandywine Creek. Network of trails allows for rides for all skill levels.

Trails that are reached by following the paved road begin at the dam. Fun singletrack on this side of the park with lots of rock strewn and rooty climbs. Bunch of fun log sections to ride with a few creek crossings. Trails on this side of the park are better suited for riders beyond beginner skill level.

First added by yetifan87 on Mar 2, 2008. Last updated May 7, 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 highway 282 (Creek Road), turn onto N. Reed Road (about 5 miles north of Downingtown). Follow Reed Road to Marsh Creek State Park entrance and park in lot alongside lake. Enter trails behind, and to the right of the restroom facility -or- go in opposite direction to the end of the parking lot and follow trail around the lake and past farms on paved trail (dirt trail will be on left after about 1.5 miles).
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Q: Can I take my dog on the trails?
A: Yes but they "should" be on leash. I see lots of people in the fields off leash and have never seen anyone get scolded or a ticket

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  • Swindlersb
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    Great trail system close to my home. I prefer the trails on the south side of the lake. Recommend parking in the lot along Dorian Mill road and climbing the hill on the trail that leaves the lot (Entry Climb in Strava) which is followed by a nice technical downhill. Then take the gravel trail up to the dam, go right, then ride the yellow trail (Lakeview Singletrack CCW). Just a great ride. Not groomed like Middle Run but not chunky like Brandywine. Lots of narrow bridges. Short climbs and downhills. The ride along the lake to the boat ramp has good flow but you do encounter many hikers here.

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  • Dennis Melahn
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    Rode the yellow trail on the east side of the dam. Started at the boat ramp parking lot and that made a nice 7 mile loop. As a beginner I avoided the teeter totter and the narrower bridges. The roots and rock gardens were challenging to my skill level and I took them slowly. There are a few hills that are not too steep. I only had to walk 1 of them for a short distance. The fast downhills and switchbacks are a blast. Trails are 1-3 feet wide. Other riders and hikers were courteous.

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  • djf500
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    Fun place to ride though not a ton of miles. The trails aren't marked great so go with a guide or be ready to explore. There are two sides to ride. The 'lake side' is mostly smooth, fast singletrack. The 'quarry side' has some great singletrack as well but is generally steeper and with some rockier sections. Typical rides max out around 16-17 miles in 2 hours. Unless you double back & repeat trails. Perfect single speed ride imo. Decent amount of hikers & horses so bring a bike bell!

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  • mjbutleruk
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    I rode the northern half of the trail only. The trail is pretty straight-forward with only a few short manageable ascents and no really technical sections. At one point I veered off-trail onto a make-shift heavy equipment logging trail. The mud was horrendous

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  • One-Off
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    I just moved to a house about 5 miles from the park and have been loving it. There are a lot of options, the trails are well maintained but not the point of being too clean. You are likely to see horses or their poop but the riders have been nice to me and we coexist well. There are bathrooms and water but bring your own food.

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  • Michael Baker
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    !!!park on the side that doesn't have boat rental!!!

    you can bike to the dam but no farther

    the reason i give marsh creek 2 stars out of 5 is because you used to be able to go passed the dam and around the whole lake (the more difficult tracks) but they stopped maintaining the trails beyond the dam this year so that part is greatly overgrown and almost unappeasable in most areas passed the dam.

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  • Sam Gottesman
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    Have had a couple of very enjoyable rides out at Marsh Creek. Very similar to Nockamixon, with a little more technical challenge to keep things interesting. Some very nice flow sections, long bridges and a great teeter totter are some highlights. There is a little elevation change, but i haven't encountered any difficult or technical climbs. Not as easy as Nox to navigate as a first timer, but print a map of the trails out before heading out and you should be able to get around. This is a about an hours drive for me (center city philadelphia) and is definitely in the rotation when I'm looking for a change of pace from the Wiss

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  • jmbwso76
    *****

    First mountain bike ride at Marsh Creek yesterday. Found it to be excellent. Some singletracks get a bit more technical than intermediate, but I'm new to mountain biking and just took it slow and it was a ton of fun. To find the trails I drove to the parking lot at the end of Lyndell Rd and the trailhead is at your 10 o'clock position before you turn right into the parking lot. Good luck.

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  • ****

    I just got ac from my second ride. I was lucky to have run into the same person that i rode with last week(the first time i rode here). we rode the dam side of the park. This trail is very well maintained. very fast on the down hills until you get hit wit a sharp turn, wish there were berms here to maintain your speed. there are almost no rocky areas and not a ton of roots either. the climbs are steep and the switchback also ,so it makes it a challenge . there are lots of man made bridges, some are pretty long, they are always fun. they also have a titer totter to ride also. cant forget about the log walls to climb over. since i ride a 26" its fun for me. every one is nice on the trail and pays alot of respect to each other.. i like a bit more man made things but its still a awesome trail, #5 in the best trails of PA.

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  • mhowey
    *****

    Fantastic trail system with a bunch of newer singletrack, lots of nice bridges, a teeter-totter, etc...

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  • TrickkyGangsta
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    If you hate biking near beautiful scenery, challenging climbs with rewarding downhills, maintained hard-packed singletracks, crossing thin bridges over small ravines, well-maintained over logs, and 2-3 ft drops this place isn't for you. I rode 7 miles here for the first time today while passing through town and was pleasantly surprised. There was plenty I didn't explore but hope to soon. I was shocked how well groomed the trail was (besides the lack of markings on the other side of the dam) and there was a lot of man-made bridges (many of them very long) and other obstacles that are perfect for the intermediate rider.

    Set your GPS to "Lyndell Rd, Upper Uwchlan, PA" and you'll be right outside the park (you'll just have to follow signs into the park). NOTE: This is not the Marsh Creek Park off Park Road in Downingtown (it is the same reservoir but you'll be biking by the dam). When you enter the parking lot you'll see bathrooms on your left (behind those there is apparently some easier doubletracks (according to comments below)) and a parking lot on your right. If you go to the end of the parking lot you'll see the entrance for the trail (which starts as the white trail but once you cross the dam there is little marking the trails and it will require some exploring).

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  • Wiggles
    *****

    I Love Love Love this trail system!!! I have only visited Marsh Creek once on a weeknight and had to cut our ride short due to loosing light but it was a great intermediate ride. It has just enough hill to get you a workout but not too much that you won't function at work the next day.

    I rode the southern section of "hiking" trails from the boat dock, I plan to get back to marsh to do the north trails. FYI after the dam there is a GOOD hill to traverse (you are warned) but it is not impossible. I was able to tackle the whole climb with a rest at the top.

    I would consider this trail system to be the same as nockamixon lake pa with a little more challenge and hills maybe 25% more hill than nox. Great spot for beginners and intermediate riders, the advance rider may do the southern loop twice to achieve the workout they want.

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  • *****

    This place is awesome when it is not muddy as it is right now. This place has it all: hills (down by the railroad ties), tight singletracks, challenging rock gardens, seesaws, and lots of mileage. There about 18 miles worth of trails. Type in the intersection of RT 282 and Reed rd. Then make a right on Reed rd. Follow Reed rd until u get to the horse fields then make a right and head down to water. Trails begin on either side of the parking lot.

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  • noayamak
    *****

    This trail is one of my favorite trails. It has great ups and downs, and a few spots where the trail drops out 10 feet at 50ish degrees and shoots up even steeper. Those are the best, but be carefull because the first time I rode on the trail I flew into the bushes behind the dip, so be careful. There is one long and rocky uphill that can be really slippery in the morning or after a rain, so watch yourself on the flat rocks. There are some easy trails, but most are a nice and challenging for the experienced rider.

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  • TS7X
    *****

    the dam side of marshcreek is more technical but way more fun. Alot of great downhills as well as uphills. Love the see saw and the entire network seems very well maintained. I live very close to these trails and I love riding there.

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  • ziggy54t
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    There are basically two sets of trails here. The network that can be found behind the restroom area has 3 trailheads. These trails are less technical and only have a few areas of actual singletrack. They are a mix of long, wide uphills, some scenic farm trails and some fun downhill steps.

    The second network of trails is found opposite the restroom side of the parking lot. These trails are solely singletrack and are more technical. Some 2 foot log jumps, a well maintained see-saw, and several bridge crossings. These trails have a better flow to them and are a great ride!

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