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An Easy Bicycle Tour to Summerfest at St. Peters Village

  • Crow’s Nest Preserve, 201 Piersol Road, Elverson PA (map)

Sat, August 5th, 2017, 1:00 or 2:00pm to 4:30pm / No Rain date


Starting Location: Crow’s Nest Preserve, 201 Piersol Road, Elverson PA

Contact Carol DeWolf at: or 610-353-5587 ext 268 for more information.

Notes: There is NO CHARGE for this event. Please proceed to checkout in order to reserve your place, no need to enter your credit card. This is a special Schuylkill Highlands Conservation Landscape Event co-sponsored by the Philadelphia Parks Alliance, and funded by the Pennsylvania Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources, and the Natural Lands Trust’s Schuylkill Highlands Conservation Landscape Initiative.  

Join Bob Thomas for an easy bicycling tour in the Pennsylvania Highlands of Chester and Berks Counties for a tour from the Natural Lands Trust’s Crow’s Nest Preserve to Saint Peters Village and return after enjoying the special events at the Summerfest celebration.  You may choose between a 5-mile loop, or a longer 10-mile loop passing through the Hopewell Furnace National Historical Site as well.  

Points of Special Interest: Natural Lands’ Crow’s Nest Preserve; State Game Lands 45; French Creek State Park; Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site; Bethesda Church; St.Peter’s Village and SummerFest

Parking and Departure Point:  Crow’s Nest Preserve, 201 Piersol Road, Elverson PA. Crow’s Nest Preserve is in Chester County near Hopewell Furnace NHS, and French Creek State Park.  From PA-100 take PA-23 west 4.9 miles and turn right onto Trythall Rd.  Follow Trythall Rd. until T intersection.  Turn left onto Harmonyville Rd. and then take the first right at Piersol Rd.  Parking is available in a lot just past the restored barn.


1: Five Mile Loop:  from Crow’s Next to St. Peter’s Village and return

2: Ten Mile Loop:  from Crow’s Nest to Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site and St. Peter’s Village and return

Departure Times:  1pm for the Ten Mile Loop and 2.15pm for the Five Mile Loop.  There will be a two-hour stop for SummerFest in St. Peter’s Village.  You may return at any time on your own, or depart with the leader at 4:30pm.

Terrain:  Mostly gently rolling; a few short hills

Pace: Moderate pace. We will keep together through the entire ride.

Surface:  All paved roads, except for 1 mile of easily negotiated fine crushed stone at Hopewell Furnace. 

Bike Requirements:  1-1/2” minimum tire width recommended for the Ten Mile Loop

Traffic:  Except for a short stretch on the gravel road in Hopewell Furnace, all roads are shared with motor vehicles, although traffic volume and speed is usually moderate.

Helmets/Vests/Blinker Lights:  Helmets are required for all riders.  For better visibility, a reflective vest and blinker lights are highly recommended.

Toilets: are located at Crow’s Nest, Hopewell Furnace and St. Peters Village.

Advance Registration is Required:  sign up at the  Click on “ParkTours.”  There is no charge for this special tour, but the number of riders is limited to 20 for safety reasons and to preserved the quality of this ride through the peaceful quiet countryside.  Deadline to sign up is Friday, July 21st.

Safety Talk and Waiver:  There will be a short safety talk prior to the ride, and all participants must sign a waiver of liability.

Earlier Event: June 23
Philadelphia Beverage Tax Hearing
Later Event: August 30
The Historic Bartram’s Mile