Chester Valley Trail Specifics & Usage


The fully-accessible trail will be paved 10-12 feet wide in an approximately 66-foot wide right-of-way. Crosswalks will be provided at street crossings with bollards to slow trail traffic before the crossings and to restrict access by motorized vehicles.

Phase 1 and 2 segments between the Schuylkill Expressway and Exton Park Site in West Whiteland Township will depart from the original rail line from Old Eagle School Road past Warner Road to Norristown and from Cedar Hollow Road to PA Route 29.

Phase 3, from Exton Park West to Iron Lake Boulevard in Exton, will follow the former rail line alignment, to a completed segment on the south side of Commerce Drive.

Phase 4, from the completed segment on the south side of Commerce Drive (the northwest corner of Main Street at Exton shopping Center), Exton to Downingtown Borough and the County's Struble Trail, has not yet been designed. Alignment will be determined after considering several original rail corridor challenges, such as the Exton Bypass and Valley Creek.

Access and parking will be provided at existing publicly-owned parks along the trail right-of-way and other public locations. Present trailheads include:
  • East Whiteland Township Building, immediately west of Route 401
  • Battle of the Clouds Park, east of Phoenixville Pike
  • Exton Park, west of Church Farm Lane
Three pedestrian bridges, 30-140 feet in length, are needed to cross heavily-travelled roads. One existing overhead railroad bridge in Howellville will be repaired.
A new culvert underpass will be constructed to provide a trail crossing beneath Warner Road in Upper Merion Township, Montgomery County.

Approximately 14 road crossings will be installed, including striping, signage and access controls.

County park rangers will patrol the trail. Sections not yet open to the public are posted “NO TRESPASSING.” Security issues and maintenance are presently coordinated through Warwick County Park - 610-469-1916.

County park facilities are open year round. Hours of operation are from 8 a.m. to sunset. In ice conditions and snow emergencies, they may be closed until parking and access areas are addressed. During substantial snowstorms, the Chester Valley Trail will be open to cross-country skiing for brief periods; however, snowmobiling and any other motorized use are prohibited.
Trail Usage
It is estimated that there are over 85,000 jobs and 58,000 residents, as well as professional buildings, corporate centers and shopping malls along the trail in West Whiteland, East Whiteland, and Tredyffrin Townships.

Portions of the trail are parallel to or coincide with 18th Century, Revolutionary War movements by Washington's Continental Army and British General Cornwallis' troops, after the Battle of Brandywine in September 1777. This includes the area known as "Battle of the Clouds," where an impending battle was cancelled due to torrential rains and dampened black powder, in the vicinity of Phoenixville Pike and Swedesford Road. Parts of the Chester Valley Trail are labeled as part of this "Patriot's Path," which is proposed to connect the Paoli Massacre Site with Valley Forge National Historic Park. Access more information on the Patriot's Path.
A trail wrapping around the Rehab Center

Permitted Uses

  • Battery powered wheel chairs by persons with disabilities
  • Cross country skiing
  • Cycling and scooters (non-motorized)
  • Dog walking under leash
  • In-line skating
  • Jogging
  • Strollers, including those connected to bicycles
  • Walking

Prohibited Uses

  • Equestrian use, including horseback riding or carriage use
  • Motorcycles
  • Motorized vehicles, including motor vehicles (excluding authorized vehicles)
  • Powered scooters and snowmobiles
  • Skateboards