Chester Valley Trail News & Updates


The new Chester Valley Trail brochure features a brief history of the trail, trail/contact information, and a map comprised of trailhead locations, mile markers and places of interest.

Cell Tower Work
Work on the cell tower east of the Cedar Hollow Road intersection is anticipated to be complete by August 28. The work area is completely north of the trail itself, but the contractor has placed a barricade on the north half of the trail to ensure user safety; there will be no interruption in access during this time. Please exercise caution in this section of trail, look up and look often.
Citizens riding their bikes
Chester Valley Trail Detour - Route 29 Crossing Construction
As part of the PennDOT Rout 202 construction project, the Chester Valley Trail Crossing of Route 29 at Matthews Road will be improved with new ADA ramps, crosswalks, pavement markings and signage. The detour route is scheduled to be posted on August 10, 2015.

Construction of these improvements will require a trail detour between Route 29 and the Foundry Way entrance to Target and Wegmans. Detour route signage will be posted that requires trail users to cross to the existing sidewalk on the north side of Matthews Road. Bicyclists will be required to dismount the entire length of the detour route.

Please use caution in this area and follow the posted detour route signage to cross Route 29 at Matthews Road. Thank you for your patience during construction. The constructed improvements will provide a long term benefit to all users of the Chester Valley Trail. Work is anticipated to be complete by the end of the month.

Tree Removal - September 9

A contractor will be removing several trees within the trail easement between the intersection of Cedar Hollow Road East to North Valley Road Bridge. Work will commence at 7:30 a.m. and continue throughout the day. The trail between these intersections will be closed to the public all day. It will be posted if any further trail closure will result.

When Favorable Humidity/ Weather Conditions Allow

Painting is scheduled for the culvert that passes under SR 0202 at night (during closed hours for the trail). This will eliminate the interface between trail users and the painting operations. The surfaces to be painted include the concrete pedestal walls that extend from the trail pavement to approximately 6'-4" high.
Speed Limit Markers Posted on Trail
15 mph speed limit markers have been placed on the trail to improve safety for the tens of thousands of users. The speed limit also applies to the Schuylkill River and Struble Trails. The County has received complaints of cyclists exceeding the speed limit and three cycling-related accidents have been reported on the Chester Valley Trail this year.

North Regional Park Superintendent Owen Prusack believes a lack of knowledge about trail safety is the issue. He said, “The speed limit is posted on the somewhat unobtrusive Trail Rules and Trail Etiquette signs, but it has become clear more obvious postings are needed.The county hopes to slow down cyclists, prevent accidents and cut down on complaints from other trail users and motorists traveling on intersecting roads.

The speed markers will be placed each mile and include arrow signs signaling what direction users should be traveling. “The major rules of the trail are keep right, provide audible warning when passing, travel under 15 mph, and be courteous to other users,” said Prusack.
The Chester Valley Trail has 30,000 users per month from April through October.

Upcoming Events:
Please note that events have been scheduled on the trail for the following dates, times and locations:
15 mph marker