Chester Creek Trail


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Chester Creek Trail Facts

States: Pennsylvania
Counties: Delaware
Length: 2.8 miles
Trail end points: Lenni Rd (Lenni) and Chester Creek Rd (Middletown Township)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 9281301

Chester Creek Trail Description

The nearly 3-mile long Chester Creek Trail is finally a reality after nearly two decades of planning.  Phase 1 of the multi-use trail was opened to the public in late 2016. It follows the path of the abandoned Chester Creek Branch line that connected Wawa and Chester Heights to the city of Chester prior to being damaged in a flash flood in the early 70's. The trail begins at Lenni Road, and extends southeast, paralleling the creek for which it is named, to Chester Creek Road. Most of the trail, paved with smooth asphalt, passes through wooded areas and will be a great refuge from the heat in the spring and summer months. Two restored railroad trestles near Glenn Riddle carry the trail high above the Chester Creek and busy Route 452 and offer views of a nearby old mill that has since been converted to a restaurant and the adjacent dam along the creek. Further south, the trail follows a power line and passes subdivisions with stately homes. 

Delaware County officials have already approved funding for Phase 2, which will extend the trail further south to the Caleb Pusey estate and are also working on constructing a segment from Lenni northwest to Wawa Station, connecting to the borough of Chester Heights. Longer range plans envision the trail stretching from the East Coast Greenway in Chester west to the Brandywine Valley Museum in Chadds Ford, forming part of the extensive Circuit network of multi-use trails that will extend throughout the Philadelphia metropolitan area.

Parking and Trail Access

Trailheads are located off Lenni Road in Lenni (426-446 Lenni Rd, Media) and Knowlton Road (249 Knowlton Rd, Media) in Middletown Township. There is also an overflow lot off Mt. Alverno Rd. 

Chester Creek Trail Reviews

Double Take!!

I wanted to stay local today… so picked this trail. Started at Knowlton Road trailhead. It is very nice… Nothing like realizing I did the trail only 1.5 months ago¿¿. Not realizing it until I got to the Septa Station end. The pic in the pre spring different than late spring. ¿

Scenic, paved

Beautiful scenery, great for families.

great trail

Great trail parking a little hard if you come at a busy time

Great trail.

For parking set you GPS to 635 Chester Creek Rd. Brookhaven PA for one end of the trail. The published Knowlton parking address is incorrect. Parking at the other end can be found, as noted, at 426-436 Lenni Rd. Aston PA. There is also parking near Mt Alverna Rd and Iris Ln in Media PA.

Great short ride for a sixty year old rider like myself, not too many hills, pleasant surroundings and good people.


Well maintained trail

There is construction at the north end of the trail that has the parking area there closed as of 10/7/20. While the trail itself is in great condition the sewer things detract from the scenery. The only reason we rode this trail was because we are trying to ride 150 trails this year and it is close to several other short trails that we rode on 10/7/20.

Parking and Access

I enjoy cycling this trail as it is relatively flat and short. I can usually complete the trail in less than an hour. However, parking is not good at all. There is only one place to park on the trail and does not have many access points. I parked a few times at Linvilla but riding down to the trailhead on Knowlton Rd is tight. Cars whip around the corner and there isn't a lot of space on the side of the road to ride.

One of our favorites

Love this local trail. Nice gentle rolling trail with creek scenery along the way.

pleasant trail

Well maintained trail, nice scenery along creek, relatively flat, well designed bridge over Chester Creek. I believe there are plans to extend it another mile or so on the Lenni end. Only drawback is its length. Up and back is 6 miles, so if biking and you want a longer ride, you'll need to do trail a couple of times. Great local trail for those who want to walk the dog.

Very nice local trail

Enjoyed this trail many times biking with my daughter. A little narrow in spots and a few road crossings but other than that, its enjoyable and we continue to frequent it regularly.

lovely trail

Nice trail hoping over the years there will be more growth of the trees offering more shade. Only negative is there aren't any water fountains for refilling ones water bottle.

Beautiful Trail

Every Saturday and Sunday morning, i like to take my dogs walking on this trail. It's a great way to get my workout/steps in.

Sunday Walk

Good distance with some nice shady spots. Fairly easy paved trail with nice scenery and very quiet.


This trail is not long but is a very nice trail. I had the pleasure of walking this trail with my two grand children a two year old and a four year old. The trail is new and has a great surface, nice parking, mile markers and lots more. I hope that this trail gets extended on both ends as I just love this part of the country.
PS there is a cut off that loops around and the kids had a blast as did I.

Easter morning ride

Read about the Official opening of this trail online. Well done!!! While short (currently ~3 mi), the trail provides great views of Chester Creek and the surrounding woodland. Road crossings are well marked. Look forward to it's expansion and completion!

Strong 9

Glen Riddle is a nice, quiet place with a decent amount of hills/forest. The trail is overall very smooth, flat, and easy to walk. It is all paved and features several elevated bridges that cross the creek. Parking is kind of tight, so bring a car that be parked on the grass or isn't too large.

Wonderful scenic trail

Beautiful scenic trail. Excellent for walking , running, biking, family walks , dog walking, kids in wagons & strollers, and skateboarding. Lots of families were out on Presidents' Day 2017. I go there almost every day. Easy to get to & is near main roads.

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