West Chester Double Scoop

Cycle Philadelphia, Road Ride, West Chester Double Scoop

The West Chester Double Scoop is a scenic rides and hilly bike ride. You are in for an ultra-satisfying 23 mile loop – excellent roads, a stunning backdrop, even the air smells differently out here!

Terrain

You’ll bike on-road through hilly Chester County for the entirety of this trek. There are a couple steep spikes and lots of fast and furious downhills.

Traffic

There is steady traffic as you enter and exit the center of West Chester, but as you pedal farther away from West Chester Scoops, you’ll enjoy roads with far fewer cars. Of course, as with the other rural rides, cars tend to move fast out here!

Access

The Single Scoop and Double Scoop have some of the furthest start points from the city. Take Route 202 West towards West Chester. There is street parking all around West Chester Scoops, and Septa buses 92, 104, and 306 will bring you to the area.

Food and Drink

Downtown West Chester will be your best bet. It might be a good idea to grab a snack for the route! There are a few stops along the way, but for the most part, you’ll be happy to have that soft pretzel in your bag.

Side Trip

You’ll pass the Northbrook Canoe Company on Beagle Road – nothing could be finer than a bike ride with a tubing or kayaking trip down the Brandywine in between?

 

More Details

You’ll start out at West Chester Scoops and pedal straight out of West Chester. There are some weird intersections that feel like they should be four way stops, but are not. Use caution as you make your way out of town. The roads open up as soon as you hit North Creek Road. There are considerable hills at mile 1, 3.4, and mile 5, so throw your low gear and put your head down; you’ll enjoy the downhills that follow. The roads are quiet and scenic through Maple Ridge, Lenape, and Indian Hannah. Some could use a good pave, and some are a touch narrow, but on the whole these are near perfect cycling roads.

Heading back into West Chester, you’ll travel along PA Bicycle Route L again, and then slowly watch the rural roads change to residential. After Finegan Drive, you’ll be in a development – not much traffic but a lot of fast turns before you hit Sconneltown Road. The turn onto Price is quick, so be sure to watch for it, especially if you’re tired and ready for ice cream. 

 

Ride Log

  • 0.0 Start at West Chester Scoops, head towards Gay St.
  • 0.1 Left on Gay St.
  • 0.4 Right on Everhart Ave.
  • 0.5 Left on W Chestnut St. Keep straight – this turns into Hillsdale Rd, pedal on Hillsdale for the next 1.5 miles.
  • 2.1 Left onto Creek Rd.
  • 2.8 Right on Allerton Rd.
  • 4.3 Bear right onto Rt 842.
  • 4.8 Left on S Wawaset Rd (if you only care to ride 10 miles, head straight for Bridge St and pick up the directions at mile 17.5 below).
  • 5.8 Right on Locust Grove Rd.
  • 7.0 Left on Corrine Rd, then a very quick right back onto Locust Grove.
  • 7.6 Right on Lenape-Unionville Rd. Pedal on this road for close to 2.5 miles.
  • 10.0 Right on Doe Run Rd.
  • 11.4 Right back onto Wawaset/Rte 842.
  • 14.2 Left onto Northbrook Rd.
  • 16.0 Right on Camp Linden Rd.
  • 16.6 Hello Wawaset! Make a right back onto N Wawaset Rd.
  • 17.5 Bear left onto Rt 842; follow S Bridge Rd signs.
  • 18.4 Right on S Creek Rd (after Bridge Rd). You’ll see signs for “Bicycle Route L”.
  • 19.0 Left on St. Finegan Dr – you’ll be heading back towards town now. The next few turns are pretty fast as you wave through quiet residential streets.
  • 19.5 Left onto Muirfield Dr.
  • 19.8 Right on Saint Anne Way.
  • 19.9 Right onto Barn Hill Rd.
  • 20.0 Right onto Marlin Dr.
  • 20.5 Left on Birmingham Rd.
  • 20.7 Left onto Sconneltown Rd.
  • 21.8 Right onto Miner St/Rt 842.
  • 21.8 Make a very fast right onto Price St.
  • 22.5 Left onto Darlington, bike through the center of West Chester and…
  • 22.9 Time for ice cream!
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    36.254 km / 22.527 mi

    Total Distance

    564 m / 1,849 ft

    Total Ascent

    564 m / 1,850 ft

    Total Descent

    146 m / 479 ft

    Highest Point

    Ride type:
    Sightseeing
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Commuter
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Gravel
    Various
    Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
    Ride Duration: 1-2 hrs
    Fitness Level: Medium
    Terrain:
    Shared Bike Path - Paved
    Shared Bike Path - Dirt
    On-Road Bike Lane
    On-Road
    Off-Road - Fire Trail
    Off-Road - Rail Trail
    Off-Road - Single Track
    Off-Road - Downhill
    Trail Signage: Good
    Mobile Coverage: Excellent
    Estimated Distance: 22.9
    Elevation Gain: 522
    Services:
    Water
    Food
    First Aid
    Toilets
    Bike hire
    Carparking
    Bike servicing
    Accessible by bike
    Accessible by car
    Accessible by public transport
    Accessible by shuttle / uber
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