DESCRIPTION: (Wear appropriate clothing & bring water! Below are some special instructions: what to bring, relative difficulties, interesting features, & carpooling directions.)
Take the challenge of hiking 36 miles in one day! The Wilmington Trail Club’s annual hike of the Brandywine Trail starts at the Horseshoe Trail near Ludwig’s
Corner, Pennsylvania, and ends in the Brandywine Creek State Park near Wilmington, Delaware. The trail wanders down the scenic Brandywine
Creek Valley through parks, farms, pastures and woods, and along country roads. About one third of the hike is on roads, including a few miles at the start and more around Lenape. The scenic sections where the trail closely follows the creek more than compensate for this.
You can set your own pace and enjoy food and drink at the three rest stops/checkpoints after 13, 23, and 29 miles. If you are unable to complete the hike, a shuttle service is available at the checkpoints, and will return you to Brandywine Creek State Park. Our participants generally expect to reach at least the 23-mile mark, and most people finish the hike. Please note: Although the terrain is not difficult, this is a serious long-distance hike and requires adequate preparation. Participants must be experienced hikers, comfortable with distances of at least 25 miles. Please note the following cut-off times. You must clear the checkpoints by the following times: Downingtown 13 miles 10:30 am
Lenape 23 miles 2:30 pm
Twin Bridge 29 miles 4:30 pm
BCSP 36 miles 6:30 pm Closing at 7 pm
Be sure to prepare for this event with substantial warm-up hikes. Official club warm-ups will be held on March 30 and April 6 enabling you to familiarize yourself with the trail. IMPORTANT: Registrants younger than 18 years old must have parent/guardian’s permission and be accompanied by an adult during the hike.
WHERE: Brandywine Creek State Park – Hawk Watch Lot
NEAREST ADDRESS: 62 Adams Dam Rd Wilmington, DE
Brandywine Creek State Park – Hawk Watch Lot 62 Adams Dam Rd Wilmington, DE
From the intersection of DE-100 (Montchanin Rd) & DE-141 (Powder Mill Rd). Take DE-100 (Montchanin Rd) north & proceed 2.1 mi. Turn right onto Adams Dam Rd. Then left at the park entrance. Stay right to reach the lot.
No future events at this location
ADMIN FINALIZE: ACTUAL MILEAGE: PARTICIPANT COUNT: VOLUNTEER HOURS: EVENT CANCELED: No