35 North Creek Road
West Chester, PA 19382
The Jefferis Ford Nature Area is a designated stop along the self-guided Battle of the Brandywine driving tour. A small pull-off at 35 N. Creek Road is limited to 15-minute parking and provides access to a historic marker and interpretive information that memorialize the British army’s flanking movement and fording of the east branch of the Brandywine Creek at Jefferis’ Ford on September 11, 1777 in an attempt to outmaneuver and gain advantage against General Washington’s American forces stationed at Chadd’s Ford. The nature area is within direct view of the historic Allerton Road single span Pratt through truss bridge (1905) which is located on the historic site of Jefferis’ Ford.
From West Chester: Take Route 322 west towards Downingtown. Take a slight left onto West Strasburg Road / PA Route 162. Continue about 1.9 miles on Route 162. Turn left onto North Creek Road (if you reach Telegraph Road you’ve gone about 0.3 miles too far). Continue about 1.3 miles on North Creek Road. The small pull-off parking area for the Nature Area will be on your left just before the stop sign for Allerton Road. Parking is limited to 15 minutes.
From Downingtown: Take Route 322 east towards West Chester. Turn right onto North Creek Road (North Creek Road is across from Frank Road, about 0.6 miles past Skelp Level Road). Continue about 0.8 miles to the PA Route 162 intersection. Turn left onto Route 162 and go 0.2 miles before making your first right back onto North Creek Road. Continue about 1.3 miles on North Creek Road. The small pull-off parking area for the Nature Area will be on your left just before the stop sign for Allerton Road. Parking is limited to 15 minutes.