Chester Valley Trail

The Chester Valley Trail project dates back to 1991, when Chester County, Montgomery County and PennDOT came together and envisioned a soon-to-be-abandoned rail line as a major trail. In August 1996, Chester County 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.

In June 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. 

When completed the trail will link:

  •  parks in Downingtown
  • Chester County's major commercial center at Exton
  • Exton Park
  • Chester County Library
  • Commuter Route of office parks in the Great Valley Corridor
  • local trails, parks and communities in West Whiteland
  • local trails, parks and communities in East Whiteland
  • local parks, trails and communities in Tredyffrin
  • Montgomery County
    • local parks, trails and communities in Upper Merion Township, Bridgeport and Norristown Boroughs

Permitted Uses

  • Battery powered wheel chairs 
  • Cross country skiing
  • Non-motorized cycling and scooters 
  • Dog walking with leash
  • In-line skating
  • Jogging
  • Strollers (including bicycle strollers)
  • Walking

Prohibited Uses

  • Horseback riding or carriages
  • Motorcycles
  • Motorized vehicles
  • Powered scooters and snowmobiles
  • Skateboards
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 the Chester County Department of Facilities and Parks. To report maintenance or management concerns, please call Warwick Park at 610-469-1916.

Chester Valley Trail Brochure