The Chester County Planning Commission is working on the Chester Valley Trail Extension Study, which will investigate alternatives and determine a recommended alignment for extension of the trail from its current terminus in Exton into the Borough of Downingtown. This 3.5 mile (+/-) trail extension of the existing 13.5 mile trail will provide connections to the existing Struble and East Branch Brandywine Trails in the Downingtown area.
The Chester County Parks & Recreation Department was established in 1958. Now operating as the Chester County Department of Facilities & Parks, the Department currently manages over 4,600 acres of dedicated public parkland, created to preserve natural, cultural and historical resources.
From meandering creeks, fishing ponds, woodlands, and meadows to serpentine barrens and the Schuylkill silt basins, stunning natural beauty and watchable wildlife abound. Besides the unique scenery and beautiful wildlife, Chester County Parks’ wide open spaces and rolling hills provide endless recreational activities and outdoor fun. From walking to kite flying to cross-country skiing, there’s something for everyone!
Chester County also manages three regional trails:
The mission of Chester County Parks is to provide conservation, management, maintenance, education and recreation services to residents, businesses and visitors so that they may experience open space and understand the natural, cultural, and historic resources of the County.