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We're at the very end of the section of Horseshoe Trail in the map above - where the "push-pin" is. The other push-pin is the entrance to the 1-lane gravel road.
Somewhat oddly, while normal Google Maps
doesn't show our road, the version of Google used to embed maps into websites does
show it! Freaky.
If you just printed this out and didn't get a
turn-by-turn route, here are the general directions:
From the turnpike King of Prussia exit
Take the immediate exit to the right, around
100-200 feet following the tolls, labelled Valley Forge Park.
You'll merge onto Gulph Rd heading west.
From Rt 202 and Rt 29:
Continue straight. Gulph
Rd will become Rt 23 West and continue through Valley Forge Park.
Continue straight through the park.
At the 2nd light after entering the park turn left (south) onto Country Club Rd (right is marked
See directions below for Country Club and Rt 23.
on Rt 29 a couple of miles.
From I-76 aka "Surekill" coming from
Philadelphia (heading west):
Turn right onto Yellow Springs
Rd and go around 2 miles.
Right after passing under the turnpike, bear left onto Diamond Rock Hill
Rd. A very good landmark is the 1-room octagonal schoolhouse on
Follow directions below for Diamond Rock and Yellow Springs.
(These are the easy directions, not the
Follow signs for Rt 202 South.
Exit Rt 202 onto Rt 29 North.
Follow directions above for Rt 202
& Rt 29.
Again, if you get lost, call
Once you get to Clothier Springs Rd, our
portion of Horseshoe Trail is a 1-lane gravel road that goes west from
where Clothier Springs meets Country Club Rd and Diamond Rock Hill Rd
(see the closeup map above).
If you're coming up Diamond Rock Hill
Rd from Yellow Springs:
Go up Diamond Rock
Hill Rd. There are a series of sharp switchbacks; first a mild
right, a lefthand switchback then a sharp righthand turn, right before
you get to the top. During the last righthand turn, there's a "Y"
intersection branching off to the left (Clothier Springs Rd).
want to bear left onto
Clothier Springs Rd at the
it can be hard to see oncoming
traffic coming over the hill.
after about 50 feet after you
Clothier Springs Rd onto a 1-lane
gravel road (looks like a driveway). It has a
bank of mailboxes on one side, and a sign on the other that says
1700-1896 Horseshoe Trail.
Again, watch for oncoming traffic cresting the hill.
If you're coming from Country Club Rd
and Rt 23:
on Country Club Rd.
Continue through a light and the road will start climbing and pass the
Phoenixville Country Club. Go perhaps a mile or so to the crest
of the ridge.
Do not turn left onto the paved
portion of Horseshoe Trail Rd. That's the wrong road.
In front of you the road
will drop off sharply. (If you start going downhill, look for a
place to turn around (a driveway)).
at the point when you
stop going uphill onto Clothier
You'll go 50 feet
on this little stub and "T" into the real Clothier Springs Rd. Don't turn.
Once you're on the gravel portion of
You're going to go across
Clothier Springs Rd into what looks like a driveway slightly to the
left. Across from the end of the stub there will be a 1-lane
gravel road with a large bunch of mailboxes on
the left, and a sign that says "1700-1896 Horseshoe Trail" on the right
attached to a piece of fence. Cross
onto the gravel road (to do
this you need to almost be in the wrong lane of that connector
road). Watch for traffic from
Follow the trail for around 1/4
mile - watch out for potholes!.
We're the last house on
the left (there's one house (1896) just
past us on the right, and the horse trail continues past that and is
the second house that has a
paved driveway. There's a sign (low to the ground) that
"1835 Horseshoe Trl", and another sign on the left that says "The
Jesups and the
Reavys". WARNING: we've
installed a deer fence with an automatic gate at the crest of the
hill! There are two circles plus a parking area near the