Downingtown, Pennsylvania

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Top Hiking Spots in and near Downingtown

  • Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

    Hike the Meadow Garden at Longwood Gardens

    1.7 mi / 3 ft gain
    Longwood Gardens, located in Kennet Square Pennsylvania, is one of the premier horticultural display gardens in the country. Explore over 1,077 acres of gardens, woodlands, wetlands, and floral displays. Don't miss the Meadow Garden Trail!The Meadow Garden features an 86 acre expanse of native pl...
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  • Malvern, Pennsylvania

    Hike Valley Forge

    3.9
    2.5 mi
    There are many trails to choose from on Mt. Misery and a good place to start is at the parking lot located at the intersection of Yellow Springs Road and Library Lane (off of the main Valley Creek Road).The Mt. Misery Trail starts there, heads up through the trees about 0.75 miles and meets up wi...
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  • Wilmington, Delaware

    Creekside and Brandywine Valley Trail Loop

    4.5
    5.5 mi / 20 ft gain
    This loops starts out from the Rockland Road Trail head.  There is a pay station here that is self-regulated.  Creekside Trail starts here and runs the entire length of Brandywine Creek State Park along the Brandywine River. The trail is an easy 2.6 miles long and continues into First State Natio...
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  • Glen Mills, Pennsylvania

    Hike the White Trail in Ridley Creek State Park

    2.5
    5 mi / 450 ft gain
    The white trail is the only true loop hike in the park. Strangely enough, it has no official trailhead. You can gain access to the trail from either Pavilion/picnic are #9 or Pavilion/picnic area #16. I chose picnic area #9 and hiked in a clockwise direction. This section starts very close to and...
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  • Wilmington, Delaware

    Rocky Run Loop Trail at Brandywine Creek State Park

    3.2 mi / 272 ft gain
    The Rocky Run Trail is a 3.2-mile loop through Brandywine Creek State Park in Wilmington, Delaware. The trail has some nice views of the Brandywine River and the surrounding forest. There are some rocky areas of mild elevation, so be prepared.  The trail is not well marked, and there are many of...
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  • Douglassville, Pennsylvania

    Hike the Lenape and Boone Trail Loop at French Creek State Park

    4.5 mi / 715 ft gain
    French Creek State Park offers a web of trails for hiking and mountain biking with two lakes, picnic areas, and more. Hike the Lenape and Boone Trail Loop, a moderate 4.5 mile hike that winds through the forest and offers views of both of the park's lakes - Scott's Run Lake and Hopewell Lake. Dog...
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  • Wilmington, Delaware

    Hike the Hidden Pond Trail

    4.0
    2.15 mi / 282 ft gain
    Brandywine Creek State Park, a 933-acre park located in Northern Delaware, offers 14 miles of hiking trails, expanses of open fields, and the beautiful Brandywine Creek. The Hidden Pond trail is an excellent hike through the hardwood forests and down to the banks of the creek.  The trail begins ...
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  • New Castle County, Delaware

    Hike the Indian Springs Trail

    5.0
    1.8 mi
    The Indian Springs trailhead is located to the right of the Brandywine Creek State Park Nature Center. The address for your GPS is 41 Adams Dam Road, Wilmington, DE, 19807.The trail starts out following along a crafted stone wall built in the 1800's and leads you through the 190 year-old tulip po...
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  • Wilmington, Delaware

    Hike Brandywine Park Loop

    5.0
    2.2 mi / 65 ft gain
    It’s a great spot for a quick run or hike. If you want to extend your time outdoors after you’ve completed the loop, there are other trails to choose from as well. The park is dog friendly, but all dogs must be leashed.  Many enjoy this park for its scenic river and bridge views. The well-tended...
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  • Wilmington, Delaware

    Hike the Northern Delaware Greenway Trail

    12.35 mi / 1096 ft gain
    If you are going to tour Northern Delaware, look no further than the Northern Delaware Greenway Trail. This ~12 mile route links some of the best sites and attractions in the region including Bellevue State Park, Wilmington State Park, Brandywine Creek State Park, Brandywine Zoo, and Rockford Par...
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  • Newark, Delaware

    Hike White Clay Creek Preserve Loop Trail

    11.5 mi / 856 ft gain
    This trail runs through a wooded area and is great for all skill levels. It is mostly used for walking, hiking, running, and mountain biking. Though the entire loop itself is quite lengthy, there are connecting trails that you can embark on to add to or shorten your trip. The trails are well main...
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  • Newark, Delaware

    Hike the PennDel Trail at White Clay Creek SP

    5.0
    1.9 mi / 0 ft gain
    White Clay Creek State Park is a large expanse of beautiful woods and streams with over 37 miles of trails. The PennDel Trail follows White Clay Creek and winds through the hardwood forests.  The PennDel Trail actually begins at the Pennsylvania state line, but the easiest way to access the trail...
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  • Collegeville, Pennsylvania

    Skippack Creek Loop

    4.0
    7.25 mi / 377 ft gain
    The Skippack Creek Trail in Evansburg State Park was one of my favorites on this most recent trip. Any chance I can hike a trail alongside a river, I take advantage of it. The trail starts on the south side of Skippack Creek at a parking area on Kratz Road. It was early in the morning and the wea...
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  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Hike the Wissahickon Gorge: Valley Green and Two Meadows Loop

    5.0
    8.5 mi
    The Wissahickon Gorge offers beautiful hiking without even having to leave the Philadelphia city limits. There are seemingly countless entry points into the gorge and hiking options are plentiful, with everything from a leisurely stroll down Forbidden Drive to an 18 mile boot buster available.One...
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  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Thomas Mill Covered Bridge

    1.27 mi / 69 ft gain
    Built in 1855, the Thomas Mill Covered Bridge is an 85 foot long Howe-truss bridge located about 1/2 mile from the nearest road in Wissahickon Valley Park. Hiking to the bridge is easy and there are two routes to choose from. Start at either of the parking areas on Bells Mill Road. You can eithe...
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  • Delaware City, Delaware

    Hike Michael Castle Trail

    5.0
    12.4 mi / 288 ft gain
    This trail welcomes people of all skill levels. It’s mostly flat with just a few inclines and is nicely paved. It’s a relatively wide trail, leaving enough room for multiple walkers, hikers, skaters, or bikers. It’s the perfect trail for those looking to train long distances, whether running or...
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