The Chester Valley Trail project dates back to 1991, when representatives of ChesterCounty, MontgomeryCounty and PennDOT envisioned a soon-to-be-abandoned rail line as a major trail. In August 1996, ChesterCounty acquired a section beginning at Route 29 and ending west of the Exton Bypass. The County received the Certificate of Interim Trail Use (CITU) from the Federal Surface Transportation Board, which acknowledges county ownership of this portion through rail banking.
On June 17, 2009, PennDOT agreed to transfer ownership of eight miles of the rail corridor to the County.
The Chester Valley Trail Overview map shows the trail alignment and construction phasing for a 15 mile trail segment from Commerce Drive in West Whiteland Township to Montgomery County. The trail will link Exton, Great valley, and King of Prussia.
The Chester Valley Trail Regional Overview mapshows connections with other regional trails. When completed it will link parks in Downingtown, ChesterCounty's major commercial center at Exton, the Exton Park Site, the ChesterCounty library, local trails, parks and communities in West Whiteland, East Whiteland, and TredyffrinTownships in ChesterCounty, and UpperMerionTownship, Bridgeport and Norristown Boroughs inMontgomeryCounty. The trail will also provide an important pedestrian and bicycle commuter route to many office parks in the GreatValley corridor.
The rail line roughly follows U.S. Routes 30 and 202 through central Chester County from East Caln Township east to Montgomery County, providing a major part of a regional trail system from central Chester County to the Schuylkill River Trail and Delaware River. The Phase I portion from Exton Park Site east to Route 29 is approximately 4.0 miles and the Phase II segment from Route 29 east to Warner Road in King of Prussia is 7.6 miles.
Open space plans in Downingtown Borough, Tredyffrin, East and West Whiteland and Upper Merion Townships have suggested creating links to the Chester Valley Trail. Presently, there are nine municipal parks adjacent to the proposed trail right-of-way.
All open segments of the trail are managed and maintained by Chester County Department of Facilities and Parks. To report any maintenance or management concerns, please contact Warwick County Park at 610-469-1916.