Five Things You Didn’t Know About Chester Valley Trail, the Crown Jewel of the County’s Trail System

Mark Hostutler
Image of the Chester Valley Trail via the County of Chester.

No matter where you go in Chester County, you will find several people who are interested in trails. These trails provide unique experiences and places for residents and visitors to exercise and relax.

“Our trails and open spaces are such an important part of the strong quality of place in Chester County,” said Chester County Commissioners’ Chair Michelle Kichline. “In addition to providing recreational benefits that contribute to the positive health of those who live here, trails are becoming an important component of the county’s multimodal transportation network.”

Here are five things you may not know about the crown jewel of Chester County’s trail system, the Chester Valley Trail:

  1. The Chester Valley Trail, which roughly follows Routes 30 and 202 through central Chester County from West Whiteland Township east into Montgomery County, boosts nearby home values and businesses use it to attract and retain employees.
  2. Approximately 310,000 people walked, ran, and biked along the Chester Valley Trail in 2018 alone. The location is home to one of the largest concentrations of employment and population in the Philadelphia region outside of Center City.
  3. Different aspects of either developing or enhancing the popular Chester Valley Trail are now moving forward. When the additions are complete, the trail will connect with the Enola Low Grade Trail and the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail to the west and the Schuylkill River Trail to the east. It will then be a key part of what will one day be more than 120 miles of a continuous trail network between Harrisburg and Philadelphia.
  4. A route has been identified for extending the Chester Valley Trail westward across the county through the following municipalities: Downingtown, Caln, Coatesville, Valley, Parkesburg, Sadsbury, West Sadsbury, and Atglen. It is more than 20 miles long and includes both multiuse trails and connecting on-road routes. Accordingly, it has been divided into nine segments, each of which could be developed separately.
  5. The one-mile extension of the Chester Valley Trail from Main Street at Exton to the Oaklands Corporate Center is anticipated to go to construction in spring 2020. Also, the trail’s crossing of Route 100 will be improved from a three-way intersection to a single crossing of Route 100 at Commerce Drive. This project will begin construction in late 2019 and will be constructed in conjunction with a multiuse trail along Route 100 connecting Main Street at Exton and the Chester Valley Trail to the Exton Train Station.

“Access to protected open space, trails, and local parks supports healthy lifestyles and contributes to a strong workforce,” said Chester County Commissioner Terence Farrell.

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