East Branch Brandywine Trail
A Hard 2.4 mile shared use path 20 minutes away
Effort: This 2.4 mile out and back shared use path (4.8 miles round trip) has a Flat Equivalent Length of 2.6 miles each way and an Overall Grade Rating of Hard. Depending on the direction, the longest continuous grades are as follows: a 160-210' section with at least easy grades, a 90-160' section with at least easy to moderate grades, a 60-160' section with at least moderate grades, a 50-60' section with at least difficult grades. There are somewhat steeper uphill grades heading north. Click the map below for more detailed information, and click here for information on our grades and grade rating system.
Stress: As a shared use path, this is generally rated as very low stress for most users, except that less experienced wheelchair users may find the 60' section with difficult and more difficult downhill grades to be stressful.
Universal Access: The overall path does not meet standards for Shared Use Paths with respect to running grade with an Overall Grade Rating of Hard. As a shared use path, it otherwise meets all standards for surface, obstacles, cross-slope, and passing spaces.
For a 1.4 mile hike that complies fully with standards for Universal Access Walking Paths, start at the northern end and head south. Walk a bit more than half a mile (just as you begin a gradual climb) and then turn around. The path becomes Very Easy for another .3 miles until the bridge, where a 40' approach creates a very difficult slope. If you are able to pass this, the path reverts to Very Easy for another .6 miles, just south of Harmony Hill Rd, where it enters a long Hard section.
Other features: This is a busy trail, running close to the East Branch of the Brandywine Creek. The southern mile and a half is generally shaded. There are plenty of benches along the way.
Connections: There are numerous natural trail spurs along this route.
Getting there: Click here (or on the map) for directions to the southern trailhead.
Trail maps: To see the grade in each direction for each 10' section on the map below, click on Filter and select the direction (remember to toggle the filter on).
Click on Legend to see the symbols indicating different grades.
Click Home to re-center the map on the trail.
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Click Your Location to track your progress while you hike.