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Spotlight Series: Hibernia Park

Jun 14, 2024 | Coatesville

Hibernia County Park spans over 900 acres, offering a variety of trails, woodlands, meadows, open fields, play areas, pavilions, camping, and picnic areas. Popular fishing spots include Brandywine Creek’s west branch, Birch Run, and a children’s pond, with Chambers Lake also available for boating and fishing. The Rim Trail, a 2.20-mile path, is perfect for walkers of all skill levels, featuring a mixture of terrain including rain showcases, flat stone railroad beds, steep rocky hills, and gentle rolling land, making it ideal for a leisurely stroll to take in the sights. Additionally, the Birch Run Trail is a 0.7-mile path that follows Birch Run through the forest and along a gentle grass path to popular fishing areas and the public boat area of Chambers Lake, providing a great way to spend an afternoon.

The campgrounds at Hibernia County Park are open on weekends from April through the second full weekend in November, with reservations available online. Walking tours in the park explore the history of the estate’s ironmasters and country gentlemen, focusing on mansion builders Charles Brooks and Colonel Swayne. Starting at Hibernia Mansion, the tour includes ruins, structures, and landscape features on Forest Hill and Forge Trails and Lion’s Head Drive, with brochures detailing these features available at the Park Office.

Hibernia Mansion, the historic home of 19th-century ironmasters, sits on the hillside and is open for public tours on many Sunday afternoons, with special candlelight tours offered in December. The mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Pennsylvania Inventory of Historic Places, and is part of the Hatfield-Hibernia National Register Historic District. In 2009, it joined the Rural History Confederation.

Hibernia County Park is located at 1 Park Road, Coatesville, PA 19320, and is open daily from 8:00 AM until sunset. Visit Hibernia County Park to enjoy its natural beauty, historical significance, and recreational opportunities.

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Feature photo from Hibernia County Park Google Profile.

Posted by Monica Ferguson

After earning her Bachelors in Marketing, Monica joined the team as the Director of 19320GO! and Marketing Coordinator at Valley Crossing Digital. She is excited about earning her Masters of Business Administration this year and promoting continued growth in Coatesville.

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