Chester Creek Trail


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Chester Creek Trail Facts

States: Pennsylvania
Counties: Delaware
Length: 2.8 miles
Trail end points: Lenni Road (Lenni) and Chester Creek Road (Middletown Township)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 9281301
Trail activities: Bike, Fishing, Wheelchair Accessible, Mountain Biking, Walking

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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

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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!

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.

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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