Chester Valley Trail Specifics & Usage
The Chester Valley Trail is currently 14.7 miles in length with 13.5 miles open for use in Chester County and 1.2 miles open to the east in Montgomery County. Maintenance and operation east of County Line Road should be directed to Montgomery County Parks, Trails, and Historic Sites
Chester County is actively working to extend the trail an additional five miles to the west into Downingtown, and Montgomery County is advancing plans to continue the trail to the east into Norristown to provide a connection to the Schuylkill River Trail.
The trail surface is paved in asphalt that is fully ADA accessible. The trail is generally constructed to a 10-12’ width with 2’ level shoulders on each side. The trail is used for commuting, exercise, and recreation by a variety of users including, walkers, joggers, cyclists, and inline skaters. Battery-powered wheelchairs, dog walking under leash, and strollers are also permitted. Cross-country skiing is permitted in the winter months however the trail is maintained by Chester County as a commuter transportation facility and as such it is plowed of snow after other County government facilities are cleared.
Chester County park rangers patrol the trail. Sections not yet open to the public are posted as "NO TRESPASSING.” Security issues and maintenance are presently coordinated through Warwick Park - 610-469-1916.
Hours of operation are daily from 8 a.m. to sunset. In icy/snowy conditions the trail 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.
UsageIt 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 "Patriot's Path," a path proposed to connect the Paoli Massacre Site with Valley Forge National Historic Park.
- Battery powered wheel chairs by persons with disabilities
- Cross country skiing
- Cycling and scooters (non-motorized)
- Dog walking under leash
- In-line skating
- Strollers, including those connected to bicycles
- Equestrian use, including horseback riding or carriage use
- Motorized vehicles, including motor vehicles (excluding authorized vehicles)
- Powered scooters and snowmobiles