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Pennsylvania whitewater, Brandywine Creek

Chester county, Lenape Pennsylvania to Thompson Bridge Road Delaware section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I     11 miles
  The Lenape Pennsylvania to Thompson Bridge Road Delaware stretch of Brandywine Creek in Chester County is 11 miles long and has been rated as a class I section by American Whitewater. The natural beauty of Pennsylvania and the cool fresh water will make you feel great. If you're coming from Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, as you can see on the road map further down. If you hurry you
    can run this section in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so pack your sleeping bag. Getting your paddling muscles activated and a chance to spend some time outdoors are sure to keep you coming back for more. There
are so many sections to paddle in this river system, the Lenape Pennsylvania to Thompson Bridge Road Delaware section is just one of many. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. There are plenty of hotels here if you want to spend a night, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more forgiving,  
so you'd better keep in mind that many of the sections in this state are safe for beginners. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots.

Briefly about the general area:
The cheerful folks of Chadds Ford like to hang out nearby, and a tour here wouldn’t be complete without a tour to nearby Bellevue State Park. A pleasant beach next to Brandywine Creek is Deemers Beach, and Brandywine Creek State Park is worth taking a look at. If you come to this river you will have a good time for sure. Beaches are tremendous; and Deemers Beach close to Brandywine Creek is no exception.

Brandywine Creek, Lenape Pennsylvania to Thompson Bridge Road Delaware road map
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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Brandywine Creek.
 Whitewater Near Brandywine Creek:
Brandywine Creek, New Castle County, 4 miles away
      Class III - 8 miles long (Thompson Bridge Road to Market Street)
Brandywine Creek, Chester County, 4 miles away
      Class I - 11 miles long (Lenape Pennsylvania to Thompson Bridge Road Delaware)
Red Clay Creek, New Castle County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II - 10.5 miles long (Marshall Bridge Road to Route 41)
Brandywine Creek - West Branch, Chester County, 12 miles away
      Class I - 12 miles long (Mortonville to Lenape)
Buck Run, Chester County, 14 miles away
      Class II - 4 miles long (Doe Run Church Road to Brandywine Confluence)
French Creek, Chester County, 16 miles away
      Class II - 7 miles long (Route 100 to French Creek Road)
Brandywine Creek - West Branch, Chester County, 16 miles away
      Class III - 6.6 miles long (Pennsylvania 340 to Mortonville)
Brandywine Creek - West Branch, Chester County, 18 miles away
      Class I-III - 6.6 miles long (Icedale Road to Pennsylvania 340)
Brandywine Creek - West Branch, Chester County, 18 miles away
      Class I-III - 6.6 miles long (Icedale Road to Pennsylvania 340)
Brandywine Creek - East Branch, Chester County, 18 miles away
      Class I-II - 21.1 miles long (Pennsylvania Route 82 to Pennsylvania Route 842)
 Ski Areas Near Brandywine Creek:
Spring Mountain, Pennsylvania , 24 miles away, 420 foot drop, 6 lifts, 9 runs
Bear Creek, Pennsylvania , 32 miles away, 510 foot drop, 7 lifts, 21 runs
Blue Marsh, Pennsylvania , 45 miles away, 315 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Blue Mountain, Pennsylvania , 51 miles away, 1082 foot drop, 9 lifts, 33 runs
Big Boulder, Pennsylvania , 62 miles away, 475 foot drop, 7 lifts, 16 runs
Camelback, Pennsylvania , 65 miles away, 800 foot drop, 15 lifts, 34 runs
Jack Frost, Pennsylvania , 66 miles away, 600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 21 runs
Mount Airy Lodge, Pennsylvania , 69 miles away, 250 foot drop, 3 lifts, 6 runs
Alpine Mountain, Pennsylvania , 71 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 21 runs
Shawnee Mountain, Pennsylvania , 72 miles away, 700 foot drop, 9 lifts, 23 runs
 Marinas Near Brandywine Creek:
Buttonwood Marina, Bridgeport , 19 miles away
 Beaches Near Brandywine Creek:
Deemers Beach, New Castle , 12 miles away
Deemers Beach, New Castle , 12 miles away
 Hotels Near Brandywine Creek:
Fairville Inn, Chadds Ford , 2 miles away
Pennsbury Inn, Chadds Ford , 2 miles away
Inn At Mendenhall, An Ascend Hotel Collection Member, Mendenhall , 2 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites WEST CHESTER, West Chester , 4 miles away
Days Hotel West Chester- Brandywine Valley, West Chester , 4 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Brandywine Creek:
Philadelphia/West Chester KOA, Unionville, 8 miles away
KOA Kampgrounds, Coatesville, 9 miles away
Koa Philadelphia Westchester, Coatesville, 9 miles away
 Trails Near Brandywine Creek:
Buzzard Trail, Chester , 20 miles away
 Public Lands Near Brandywine Creek:
Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Bethlehem - PA , 43 miles away
New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route, Newport - NJ , 45 miles away
Brandywine Creek State Park, Delaware , 4 miles away
Bellevue State Park, Delaware , 9 miles away
Fort Delaware State Park, Delaware , 15 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Brandywine Creek:
Radley Run Country Club, West Chester , 2 miles away
Greenville Country Club Swimming Pool, Wilmington , 3 miles away
West Chester Golf & Country Club, West Chester , 5 miles away
 Lakes Near Brandywine Creek
Brinton Lake, Delaware , 5 miles away
Milltown Reservoir, Chester , 7 miles away
Springton Reservoir, Delaware , 16 miles away

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