After years in development, the bulk of the Chester Valley Trail is open for use. When complete, the trail will run from Norristown to Downingtown—connecting to a number of other regional trails in both cities—via a former railroad corridor.
The longest open stretch links Tredyffrin Township at the far eastern end of Chester County with the new Exton Park in Exton. The 9.8-mile, uninterrupted paved trail travels through a wooded corridor past open space, neighborhoods and new commercial development.
In the west, a short section of trail runs from Iron Lake Boulevard to a point behind commercial properties on Commerce Drive. This segment will be connected to the main stretch of trail at N. Ship Road during Phase III of the trail’s development, set to begin construction in 2014.
In Montgomery County in the east, another short trail segment courses next to active rail not far from the famous King of Prussia Mall. This section was built during the reconstruction of US 202 and includes a bridge crossing of Interstate 76 (Schuylkill Expressway). This disconnected segment is planned to be linked to the main trail in 2014.
Phase IVa will see the trail extended farther west to the Oaklands Corporate Center near US 30 (Exton Bypass).
Parking for the Chester Valley Trail is available at Exton Park on Church Farm Lane in Exton. Farther east, park at Battle of the Clouds Park on Phoenixville Pike in East Whiteland Township.
Additional parking is available at East Whiteland Township’s municipal building on State Route 401/Conestoga Road, south of US 202. Designated parking spaces are located adjacent to the trail (to the left and rear of the building).