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This 2.4-mile paved trail provides a quiet, scenic escape northwest of Philadelphia, from Encke Park at Radnor-Chester Road to the shopping center at Sugartown Road and Route 30. The trail travels mostly through wooded areas, passes near local parks and is lined with several benches.

Founded in 1902, the Philadelphia and Western Railway Company (P&W) was intended to be part of Jay Gould's proposed intercontinental electric railway. Gould's grand and progressive plan was scaled back, as was the route of the P&W Trains, featuring luxurious, elaborately appointed cars. It once traveled from Philadelphia's 69th Street Station to suburban Strafford. For the first few months, the trains ran every quarter hour, with the full route taking a half hour. The line remained active until 1956, when it was replaced with bus service.

In 2005 Radnor Township celebrated the opening of the multi-purpose Radnor Trail. Running through residential areas, the trail provides a popular off-road route to retail centers and schools.

Parking and Trail Access

To reach the trailhead from Interstate 476, take Exit 13 onto Route 30 West. Continue and turn left onto Radnor-Chester Road. Continue and turn right onto Conestoga Road. Proceed on Conestoga Road to trail parking on your left, near the intersection with Brookside Avenue.

Reviews

Nice trail

   May, 2011 by hrowan

I remember as a young boy as my mother drove me to school along Lancaster Pike seeing the embankment of the old Villanova/Strafford trolly line littered with old ties in the snow and then passing under the bridge over Sproal Rd. just after passing under ...read more

Trail History

   September, 2010 by hakaplan

It really would be nice if the RTC would include at least some railroad history of the trails. This is the long abandoned Stafford branch of the Philadelphia and Western RR. This was an interurban line with trolleys using outside third rail for electrical ...read more

Locals Only

   March, 2010 by snugglebunnies

Agree with aford's review. The Radnor trail is a nice but it's too crowded with pedestrian traffic and pets on long leashes. Also, it's too short for anything worthwhile for almost any cyclist and there's no parking at either end of this short trail. ...read more