West Chester, PA Cross Country Skiing Trails and Maps

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Bristol Spurline Park

2.5 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Cooper River Trail

10.3 mi
State: NJ
Asphalt

Cynwyd Heritage Trail

1.9 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Gravel

D&L Trail

144.7 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel

Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Trail

73.6 mi
State: NJ
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt

Elephant Swamp Trail

5 mi
State: NJ
Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel, Woodchips

Gravity Trail

4.15 mi
State: PA
Ballast, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

Historic Smithville Park Trails

3.9 mi
State: NJ
Boardwalk, Dirt, Gravel, Sand, Woodchips

Lebanon Valley Rail-Trail

19.6 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Gravel

Michael N. Castle C&D Canal Trail

12.4 mi
State: DE
Asphalt

Newtown Rail Trail

2.55 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Pemberton Rail-Trail

1.6 mi
State: NJ
Crushed Stone

Pennypack Trail

16.8 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Cinder, Crushed Stone

Perkiomen Trail

20.6 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Power Line Trail (PA)

5.5 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Ridley Creek State Park Trail

4.8 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Rim Trail

2.2 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Saucon Rail Trail

6.9 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Schuylkill River Trail

82.4 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel
Accordion

South Bethlehem Greenway

1.9 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Struble Trail

2.6 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Tyler State Park Trails

10.8 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Gravel

Warrington Township Multi-Use Trail

2.8 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Dirt

Warwick Township Linear Park Trail

1.2 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Chickies Rock Overlook Trail

0.5 mi
State: PA
Dirt

Enola Low Grade Trail

29.15 mi
State: PA
Ballast, Crushed Stone

Nor-Bath Trail

5.9 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Radnor Trail

2.41 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Johnson Trolley Line Trail

3.3 mi
State: NJ
Asphalt, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway Trail

2.5 mi
State: MD
Crushed Stone
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
Since it opened as a railroad spur in the 1800s, this pretty trail has always been about connections. In 1834 the Philadelphia and Trenton Railroad launched the spur to carry goods from Bristol,...
PA 2.5 mi Asphalt
Overview Camden's Cooper River Park is found on both the north and south shores of Cooper River Lake. The 10.3-mile park trail includes a 3.7-mile loop with several extensions and spurs. About...
NJ 10.3 mi Asphalt
Overview The Cynwyd Heritage Trail runs between the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority’s (SEPTA’s) Cynwyd Station and Bala Cynwyd Park and also connects the historic West Laurel...
PA 1.9 mi Asphalt, Gravel
Overview The D&L Trail runs for more than 140 miles through Eastern Pennsylvania, from just north of Philadelphia to Mountain Top in the Poconos Region. It follows historical canal and railroad...
PA 144.7 mi Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel
Overview Spanning 73.6 miles, the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Trail is the longest completed multiuse trail in the state and is described by many as the crown jewel of New Jersey trails....
NJ 73.6 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt
TRAIL CLOSED: As a precaution to help limit the spread of COVID-19, the local managing authority has temporarily closed this trail to non-residents. As you walk along the Elephant Swamp Trail, it’s...
NJ 5 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel, Woodchips
Constructed in 2012, the Gravity Trail is one of the newer additions to the extensive network of trails and greenways that criss-cross the Greater Reading metro area. The trail's unusual name comes...
PA 4.15 mi Ballast, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
The village of Smithville, upon which the Historic Smithville Park (open 8 a.m.–30 minutes after sunset) sits, has a long and colorful past—and some important connections to the history of bicycles in...
NJ 3.9 mi Boardwalk, Dirt, Gravel, Sand, Woodchips
Overview The Lebanon Valley Rail Trail travels for 19.6 miles in three distinct segments through Pennsylvania's Lebanon Valley. A majority of the route is unpaved, most gravel-surfaced, except for...
PA 19.6 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Gravel
Overview The Michael N. Castle C&D Canal Trail offers a scenic 12.4-mile route along the north shore of the Chesa­peake and Delaware Canal in northern Delaware. The popular trail is named after the...
DE 12.4 mi Asphalt
The Newtown Rail Trail will one day stretch from the Fox Chase neighborhood of northeast Philadelphia to Newtown Borough, connecting Bucks and Montgomery Counties by trail. Along the way, the...
PA 2.55 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Overview    Spanning over 15 miles on the banks of the Susquehanna River, the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail is a tranquil and easy-going meander between the towns of Bainbridge, Marietta...
PA 15.9 mi Asphalt
Located about 25 miles east of Philadelphia, the Pemberton Rail-Trail is an excellent example of grassroots activism resulting in the creation of a community-based rail-trail. The Pemberton Rotary...
NJ 1.6 mi Crushed Stone
Overview     The Pennypack Trail travels through wooded parks on the outskirts of Philadelphia, following the wooded banks of Pennypack Creek to its mouth where it joins the expansive Delaware...
PA 16.8 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Cinder, Crushed Stone
Closure Notice: Northern portions of the trail are closed due to flooding. Stay up to date on this closure by visiting the Montgomery County page.  Overview The Perkiomen Trail spans 20.6 miles...
PA 20.6 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Overview The paved Power Line Trail carries users between residential neighborhoods, parks, schools, and other destinations in Horsham Township. The 5.5-mile utility easement trail also heads north...
PA 5.5 mi Asphalt
Overview  The Ridley Creek State Park Trail loops for 4.7 miles through the Park, encompassing over 2,600 acres of woodlands and meadows. The paved, multi-use trail runs along Sycamore Mills and...
PA 4.8 mi Asphalt
The Rim Trail offers a 2.2-mile route in Hibernia County Park, following a former railroad bed along the West Branch Branywine Creek. This southeastern Pennsylvania excursion is one of a handful of...
PA 2.2 mi Crushed Stone
Saucon Rail Trail connects four communities: Hellertown, Lower Saucon Township, Upper Saucon Township, and Coopersburg. The trail has a slight 1% grade traveling from north to south and is easy for a...
PA 6.9 mi Crushed Stone
Overview Once an important thoroughfare for commerce carried by canal barges and railroad cars in southeastern Pennsylvania, the Schuylkill River (pronounced skool-kl) corridor now accommodates...
PA 82.4 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel
Accordion
The South Bethlehem Greenway is a linear park that follows a former Norfolk Southern rail line through the southern neighborhoods of Bethlehem. The paved pathway begins just north of Lehigh University...
PA 1.9 mi Asphalt
The Chester County Parks & Recreation Department opened this trail in 1979 on part of a former Pennsylvania Railroad right-of-way. Today the 2.6-mile trail attracts more than 125,000 visitors each...
PA 2.6 mi Asphalt
Tyler State Park, located in Newtown, Pennsylvania, covers over 1,700 acres on the grounds of an old farm in a charming woodland setting. The park features a network of interconnected trails,...
PA 10.8 mi Asphalt, Gravel
The Warrington Township Multi-Use Trail spans nearly 3 miles on the west end of town. The trail is part of an effort to make the community more pedestrian-friendly, connecting major points of...
PA 2.8 mi Asphalt, Dirt
The Warwick Township Linear Park Trail is a joint project of Warwick Township and Lititz borough. The pathway extends from Market Street north, following the Santo Domingo Creek, to Newport Road....
PA 1.2 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Overview As its name implies, the half-mile out-and-back Chickies Rock Overlook Trail leads to a beautiful vista in Chickies Rock County Park.  About the Route Start at the trailhead on its...
PA 0.5 mi Dirt
Overview Running through southeastern Pennsylvania, the Enola Low Grade Trail is remarkably flat, even for a rail trail —it says so right in the name! Even across hilly terrain, the trail’s grades...
PA 29.15 mi Ballast, Crushed Stone
In 2017 the borough of Northampton added a single mile of asphalt to the nearly 6-mile Nor-Bath Trail, effectively extending the use of the trail by more than 100 miles in eastern Pennsylvania by...
PA 5.9 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
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...
PA 2.41 mi Asphalt
The Johnson Trolley Line has two sections, north and south, which are split by Interstate 95. The Trenton-Princeton Traction Company ran the old trolley, known as the "Fast Line," through this...
NJ 3.3 mi Asphalt, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
Maryland's Susquehanna State Park is recognized for challenging hiking and biking trails, camping facilities, rock outcroppings, boating, a museum and restored historical sites. But none of these...
MD 2.5 mi Crushed Stone

Recent Trail Reviews

Goshen Road Trail

address

July, 2024 by 18spalma2015

(39.9958759, -75.4088718) Goshen Trail Parking Goshen Rd, Newtown Square, PA 19073

Michael N. Castle C&D Canal Trail

Great cycling along the Canal

July, 2024 by knewman1717

I ride this trail end to end around 2-3 times a week. It needs to be repaired off the Summit/Lums Pond parking lot. There needs to be a speed limit set for EV bikers. Dog owners need to keep their dogs on leash at all times. I've been run at by off leash dogs at Summit where people can camp overnight. Not a great experience.
It is a beautiful ride. Just be considerate of others and share the trail, please.

Frick's Trail

Easy Stroll - Fully paved

July, 2024 by m_wetteland

Was a very easy stroll. The parking lot has about 5 spaces and the path is fully paved. The trail is entirely flat and nicely winds along the creek and then in and out of a neighborhood. I clocked it at 1.8 miles out and back. The 2 small bridges can be very slick when wet so take your time.

Accordion

Perkiomen Trail

Great trail. Well maintained and marked. Traveled from southern terminus to Green Park Lane. Loved the change in surfaces. More tressels than I expected which made for excellent photo opportunities. Only one real climb. Can't wait to do it again.

July, 2024 by hughes29187

Great trail. Well maintained and marked. Traveled from southern terminus to Green Park Lane. Loved the change in surfaces. More tressels than I expected which made for excellent photo opportunities. Only one real climb. Can't wait to do it again.

Union Canal Trail

This is a beautiful (and mostly in good shape) riverside trail for the south end to around mile marker 5.0, good for walking, jogging, and hybrid or mountain bikes. Above mile 5, best for mountain bikes only.

June, 2024 by timmunson

This is a beautiful (and mostly in good shape) riverside trail for the south end to around mile marker 5.0, good for walking, jogging, and hybrid or mountain bikes. Above mile 5, best for mountain bikes only.

Lebanon Valley Rail-Trail

Beware ebike rules, they reportedly have police enforcing them

June, 2024 by royhoffer

I was recently told by fellow cyclists of local police lurking at the Colebrook parking lot and issuing citations to people riding the "wrong" types of ebikes.

From their website:
“Class 1 E-bikes are permitted on the LVRT, provided they meet all the following standards:
Electric motor less than 750 watts
Fully functional pedals
Weight not exceeding 75 lbs.
Maximum speed less than 15 mph
Does not have capacity to be completely self-propelled (must be pedaled to engage electric motor)

Class 2 and 3 E-bikes are not permitted on approved on the LVRT.”

Since many ebikes are class 2, why would they want to exclude the riders from their trail? Riders bring revenue to the area…

Leiper-Smedley Trail

not ideal to find

June, 2024 by 9ctq5p5qkc

Poor signage and the surface is not asphalt.

Power Line Trail (PA)

Horsham Powerline Trail Preview P1

June, 2024 by mrsdhord

June 3, 2024
HORSHAM POWERLINE TRAIL PREVIEW PART 1
Check out the Horsham Powerline Trail Preview Part 1. I started at the Jarrett Park parking lot, ran towards Norristown Rd, made a U-turn. I headed on the path back past Jarrett Park, up the hill, and made a right before the path gets to Babylon Rd on the section that heads towards the library. At the dead end, I made a right to head back up the alternative path from the library parking lot to Jarrett Park. Great time always while using the trail here. See my video of the run on youtube: https://youtu.be/yHqGfeiBuJo?si=9b0ayOoBU36DMM3q

Elephant Swamp Trail

love this trail!!

June, 2024 by y576j8h5f8

I grew up on this trail and I highly recommend it!

Northwest Lancaster County River Trail

Fantastic and well maintained trail

June, 2024 by javantine

We had heard good things about this trail, and were able to visit and ride circa 26 miles out and back yesterday, (June 4). This is a wonderful and very scenic trail with amazing views of the river and bucolic landscape. Much of the trail is shaded which helped during the heat but also adds to the allure of the trail. The Trail Welcoming Center is well maintained and the staff there very friendly and helpful. In addition, the rest room(s) were immaculate! I can't recommend this trail highly enough, and we will absolutely, (the Good Lord Willing), return to ride anytime we have the opportunity! Thanks for developing and maintaining such a marvelous and beautiful venue for relaxing and enjoying nature at its finest. We also stopped and had lunch at a wonderful tavern about 10 miles from the Welcome Center that is right along the trail. Very welcoming, great food, and very friendly clientele! Fantastic all around Great Experience!

Ironton Rail-Trail

Outdoor Museum

June, 2024 by jmcginnis12@gmail.com

Over the years, I've noticed that rail trails exist on a continuum when it comes to preserving the history of the earlier rail lines that they replaced. On one end are lines where the original RR infrastructure was dismantled or repurposed long ago and the only traces left are the greenway's name and a couple interpretive signs or kiosks, while on the other are trails that go all out highlighting the corridor's past with RR-themed signage, artwork and memorabilia, including restored rail cars and/or engines, old buildings, rock cuts, bridges and other historical sites.
Located in the north Allentown suburbs, the 9.2 mile long Ironton Rail Trail clearly falls on the latter end of this spectrum. As the description for the asphalt trail indicates, it was built along the route of the Ironton RR, a short line that initially hauled iron ore from local mines to the Lehigh River. After the iron ran out in the late 19th century, these mines were repurposed as limestone quarries and several cement manufacturing mills and kilns sprang up along the line, which extended from Ironton east along Coplay Creek to a point just outside Stiles. From here, the line split in two and looped around the towns of Stiles, Coplay and Hokendauqua, connecting to other railroads along the Lehigh riverfront. Cement production peaked in the early 20th century and the area entered a gradual decline, with the last mill ceasing to manufacture it by 1975. The RR was acquired by Conrail and taken out of service in 1983 and the tracks were pulled up 7 years later, in 1990.
Today, the Ironton Rail Trail follows this lasso-shaped route. The highlight of the 4 mile long western "Spur" of the trail is the crumbling ruins of several of the old concrete mills, now being reclaimed by nature and creating a beautiful, yet eerie landscape that gives the impression of a post-apocalyptic, lost civilization being found in the woods. Located about halfway along the Spur in Egypt, The Troxell-Steckel House & Farm Museum, meanwhile, gives trail users the opportunity to glimpse an earlier era of local history by preserving the house, barn and springhouse of one of the first Pennsylvania Dutch farms built in the area. Trees line most of the route of the trail, providing cool shade in the warmer months of the year, while the Whitehall Parkway serves as both a nature preserve and has its own small network of trails encircling the ruins of another mill complex.
Moving further east, the Spur of the trail passes beneath Route 145 and links to the 5 mile Loop portion at a junction just north of Stiles. As its name indicates, this portion forms a circular greenbelt around the suburbs of Stiles, Coplay and Hokendauqua. Highlights on the Loop include the historic cement kilns at Saylor Park, believed to be the last of their kind that are still standing, the remains of the Thomas Iron Works along the Lehigh River, the Beiry Yard, an old RR yard now converted to an open space area and the Tate Meadows preserve. Several homeowners have also used their proximity to the Loop to beautify their yards with small gardens and ornate fences and gates (stay on the trail and do not go on private property), further enhancing the scenery and an abandoned RR trestle that crosses the Lehigh River may eventually link the trail to the D&L and Nor-Bath trails in Northampton, Catasauqua and North Catasauqua. Numerous examples of RR memorabilia along the trail include a small engine and maintenance handcar at the western terminus of the Spur in the North Whitehall Rec. Area, an old passenger car in the Whitehall Parkway and a caboose in Coplay, a phone booth used by RR maintenance workers and foundations of an old water tower, blacksmith shop and section house. Several old RR sidings, with the rails still intact, also attest to the corridor's industrial heritage.
Numerous kiosks and interpretive signage extensively detail the history of the numerous sights along the trail and more info can be found on the Ironton Rail Trail website. There are also numerous benches along the route, three larger pavilions and numerous smaller ones. Anyone who loves rail trails and history should check out this gem of a suburban greenway.

D&L Trail

Charles F

June, 2024 by feinauer

Started our ride from the Freemansburg parking area and rode west to Bethlehem. The lack of maintenance was evident along this portion and remnants of the canal were deplorable with tons of trash and homeless camps. On our return trip to Easton we encountered the worse section of this trail between Freemansburg and the Rt. 33 boat ramp access. Multiple pot holes ,huge roots and where trees have been uprooted leaving the trail inches wide and 5 foot deep holes. Hope improvements are in the works.

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