Constructed in 1979 along an old rail line that once connected Downingtown to Honey Brook, New Holland, and thence to Lancaster, the Struble Trail is one of the oldest rail trails in both Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia metropolitan area. Its paved surface, relatively level grade and the fact that it passes through wooded areas adjacent to the Brandywine River provide a pleasant, serene experience that is a welcome break from the bustling urban suburban environments that dominate this part of the state. Highlights include the stately Springton Manor Farm, Dowlin Forge Park, which features ruins of several old mills dating from the 18th and 19th centuries and a swimming hole just north of Downingtown (this is not guarded or patrolled, swim at your own risk and observe appropriate safety precautions). Two other trails, including the Uwchlan Trail, which extends east into the township for which it was named, and an unnamed spur path that climbs a steep hill to a local subdivision, branch off north of Downingtown, and the trail also forms part of the Brandywine Trail, a longer hiking path that connects Valley Forge and Chadds Ford, and is marked by the blazes on some trees. At the southern end, users have the option of either using the trailhead off Norwood RFoad, and or continuing further south on The Lions' Trail, which continues through Kardon Park to a larger parking, situated just a couple blocks from the downtown. Future plans anticipate the Struble Trail being extended further northwest to French Creek State Park, and, eventually to Honey Brook. The Uwchlan and Lions' trails may also eventually connect to the Chester Valley Trail, making the Struble Trail an important part of the emerging greenway network that will eventually crisscross southeastern Pennsylvania and beyond.