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This trail connects the historic Thomas Leiper House (built in 1785) to Smedley Park, hence its name. The 2-mile multipurpose trail is mostly shaded as it winds through the Crum Creek Valley and zigs and zags across Blue Route (I-476) albeit via overpass. Users, wheeled or otherwise are welcome, so long as they use non-motorized means. There is one on-road crossing at Baltimore Pike so exercise caution.
You can park at either end of the trail at Smedley Park (20 Papermill Rd, Wallingford) or Leiper Historic House (521 Avondale Rd).
If you start this trail on Rose Valley Road , between Wallingford and Swarthmore , you can easily navigate it all of the way to Smedley park. Once you get there, there are other wooded trails that you can also try. Mostly off road , but you need to cross a couple of small roads and then Baltimore pike to get to Smedley park.
While our navigation system took us to the park at the Smedley end of the trail, but once there we saw no signs telling us where we were or where anything else in the park was. I was able to use the TrailLink app to find where I was and where the trail began. I had to use the app again when I guessed wrong about which way to turn at an unmarked road crossing. The trail surface is very rough and there are several steep sections.
This trail is poorly marked. Spent more time looking for trail head and got off of trail halfway through because there was no marking.
Plenty of shade, hilly, loud because of the proximity of the Blue Route.
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