Built on an old RR grade that was initially envisioned as part of a line that would have stretched all the way to San Francisco, but instead ended serving the more modest purpose of providing trolley service from Center City Philadelphia to the western suburbs, the Radnor Trail today is a superb example of a suburban greenway.
Despite the fact that trolley service ceased way back in the 50's, the bridges along the line remained intact and were restored when the trail was constructed in 2005. The result is a paved, 10-foot wide trail that does not have any grade-level crossings on its nearly 3-mile length between Sugartown and Radnor-Chester roads. It is perfect for use for cyclists, hikers, joggers and people with children or pets, and is extremely popular with locals, especially in the warmer months of the year.
Major attractions along the trail include historical signs interpreting former sites of stations and other infrastructure, easy access to the Wayne Art Institute and Enkne and Friends of the Radnor Trails parks and lush woodlands that provide ample shade in the spring and summer. Other attractions, including the Chanticleer Gardens and downtown Wayne, with its numerous shops and cafes, are nearby. Although a chemical toilet at the Conestoga Road trailhead is the sole restroom facility on the trail, there are flush toilets available at Friends of the Radnor Trails Park.
Not surprisingly, there are plans to extend this popular trail in the near future. Short-term plans involve extending the eastern terminus of the trail past Radnor-Chester Road into the Martha Brown Woods, while longer-range goals include extensions northwest towards the Chester Valley Trail and Valley Forge and southeast to the Heinz Reserve and Center City, integrating the trail into "The Circuit."