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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.
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.
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