Chester Valley Trail
- Site specific trails
About the Trail
Formed in 1850 by the Philadelphia and Reading Company, the Chester Valley Railroad stretched 22 miles between Bridgeport and Downingtown.The Chester Valley Trail will generally follow a now-abandoned rail corridor and will connect Chester County’s Struble Trail in Exton with Montgomery County’s Schuylkill River Trail in Norristown.Chester County is expecting to extend the trail into Downingtown.
Currently, a one-mile section has been completed by PennDOT in Montgomery County, including a bridge over the Schuylkill Expressway (I-76) in King of Prussia.Eventually, the trail will take visitors over the Schuylkill River in Norristown and provide access to view the new fish ladder at the Norristown Dam as well as opportunities to visit various shops, restaurants, and art galleries along the way.It will then continue past the Veterans Memorial Park and into the King of Prussia area of Upper Merion Township.
Access & Parking
Eventually, access points will be established along the trail, including Bill Smith Boulevard and Henderson Road areas in Upper Merion and Downtown Bridgeport. In Norristown, trail visitors will be able to use the SEPTA station parking facilities at the Norristown Transportation Center, as they do now for the Schuylkill River Trail. All access points will be clearly designated once the trail is completed. Visitors should call Chester County Parks, Trails, and Heritage for more information on Chester County sections.
- Access and parking for the Montgomery County section of the trail is available at the Park-and-Ride in Upper Merion Township on South Gulph Road. This isat Bill Smith Boulevard near the U.S. 202 interchange in King of Prussia.
- Access and parking for the Chester County section of the trail is located at Battle of the Clouds Park in East Whiteland Township.
Points of Interest
Points of interest along this trail include: