About

The Chester Creek Trail is a rail-trail in central Delaware County, Pennsylvania, Southeastern Pennsylvania.  The trail will follow Chester Creek along the Civil War-era Chester Creek Branch line of the Pennsylvania Railroad.

When complete, the trail will run from the former SEPTA Wawa R3 station to Upland, PA. The middle section of the trail, consisting of 2.8 miles through Middletown and Aston townships, is the first to be completed.  Construction began in mid-2015 and was essentially complete at year-end 2016.  An official ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on April 8, 2017 for Phase I.  Engineering design work  for the next phase, which will bring the trail further into Aston township, is expected to begin in later this year.

Phase 1 Map

UPDATE:  Construction started in May 2015, and the project is now essentially complete (December 2016).  A ribbon cutting for Phase I will take place on April 8, 2017.  For the latest updates, please visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ChesterCreekTrail

A few video links of trail construction:

Pre-construction video by Abandoned Steve:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQWclCHg94I

Phase I Rail removal https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqJYy9tm31E

The original feasibility study, from 2002fnl_rpt

The Chester Creek Trail is a proud member of the Circuit,  a 750-mile network of bicycle and pedestrian trails connecting people to jobs, communities, and parks in the Greater Philadelphia Region.  For more information, visit: http://connectthecircuit.org/

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13 Responses to About

  1. I just joined this organization and I have a suggestion for getting more attention for this trail in your website. I work in GIS (automated maps) and I think the map could be upgraded with images and videos using ArcGIS On-Line that could be purchased at a reasonable price (if you don’t already know or have access to this software). I work as Chester County and we use this software to advertise and distribute information easily over the interenet.

  2. Thank you for making this happen and all your hard work. Today, i took my dog and we walked the trail starting at the knowlton parking lot location. Sad to see bags of dog waste just left in the parking lot and along the trail. We didnt go too far but i didnt see any trash receptacles or doggie bag dispensers. Is this something that is in the works, or being considered? Thanks

    • Thanks JoAnn. Right now it’s a “take out your own waste” policy. Not sure if the county has resources to regularly empty trash bins. We will take a look at this, though.

  3. This is great! I only live a couple of miles from here. The first time I took my dog Dylan on the trail I got goosebumps! During the late 50’s& 60’s, I was on this every weekend with my grandparents dogs as their property ended at the railroad. Brings back fond memories. I especially like the trestle bridges. don’t have to watch out for the train! Thank you. Great job

  4. The trail is great! So many people using it when I walked it last Thursday and today. Parking is a serious issue as I’m sure is known. What are the plans for additional parking?

  5. Add to your web page (so people can GPS their way there):

    Currently (1-2017) there are two parking lots where you can access the trail:
    1) 426-446 Lenni Rd, Media, PA 19063 (western end) and
    2) 249 Knowlton Rd, Media, PA 19063 (eastern end).

    Each lot holds approximately 15 cars and they fill up on weekends.

  6. beverly jean wilson

    We loved it! ,especially the overpass ,my son took pictures of the creek and some old architecture along the way. It was a beautiful day out and we just loved it ,looks amazing ,great job, only suggestions ,more parking and trash cans ,people did leave their dog waste bags ( and they shouldn’t !! ) , BUT OVERALL ,WE LOVED IT ,THANK YOU !!!!!

  7. I am still looking for the entrance, where is the parking. I did google Chester Creek trail parking but do not see parking. Thank you

    • HI Deb,

      Parking is pretty limited, especially at peak times. There are small lots near the beginning and ending of the trail. (Off of Knowlton Road and Lenni Roads)

  8. The trail is great. Thanks for bringing it to our community. We just walked it. Are there any plans for some benches along the trail for breaks?

  9. Benches are coming! We are waiting for the boy scouts to get their installations plans together.

  10. Elizabeth D'Orazio

    Very nice trail, I enjoyed my walk with my sister today! I really like that the trail is peaceful and void of traffic noise. Thank you very much for creating a peaceful walking area in a place that very much needed it!

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