Uwchlan Trail

Pennsylvania

Uwchlan Trail Facts

States: Pennsylvania
Counties: Chester
Length: 2.5 miles
Trail end points: Junction with Struble Trail next to intersection of Dowlin Forge and Shellmire roads in Dowlin Forge and Intersection of Eagle View Blvd. and Wharton Blvd.
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 9600218
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Uwchlan Trail Description

A work in progress, the 2.5-mile Uwchlan Trail currently extends from the Struble Trail off the intersection of Dowlin Forge and Shelmire roads, north along the Shamona Creek and primarily following local roads to the intersection of Eagle View and Wharton boulevards. The township plans to eventually extend the trail further east across Route 100, past the municipal building, then turning back south to Exton Park, where it will end at the Chester Valley Trail.

The trail is narrower than the Struble Trail and has a number of small grades. It also crosses local roads at several points and shares a stone bridge with Dowlin Forge Road. The most scenic portion of the trail is the southwesternmost segment, from the Struble Trail to the intersection of Dowlin Forge and Pennypacker roads. Highlights on this segment include relics from the 18th and 19th centuries, when the area included numerous mills and forges. Ruins of an old mill, dam, race and other infrastructure are marked by interpretive signs, now all surrounded by lush woods. There is also a small, stone spring house between the trail and Dowlin Forge Road, and the trail links several local parks.

Once completed, the Uwchlan will provide an offroad connection between the Struble and Chester Valley trails, linking to the latter in Exton Park. Long-range plans antcipate it becoming part of a loop once the Chester Valley Trail is extended west into Downingtown and the Brandywine Trail is completed northward to link to the Lions' Trail in Kardin Park. The trail is also part of The Circuit, the extensive greenway network being constructed throughout the Greater Philadelphia metropolitan area.

Parking and Trail Access

The trail can be accessed from trailheads off the intersection of Dowlin Forge and Shelmire roads, and at Jones Pond and Dowlin Forge parks.

Uwchlan Trail Reviews

We rode the Uwchlan (pronounced you-clin) Trail from the Struble Trail UP HILL to the intersection of Pennsylvania Drive and Eagleview Blvd., where we turned left which took us to the Brandywine Hospital. From the hospital parking lot we crossed on to and turned left on Old Township Line Road to right on West Township Line Road to right on the Uwchlan Trail at Penna. Drive to right on the trail at Rice Blvd. and back down to the Struble Trail. The lower part of the trail is thru a wooded park and very scenic, the upper portion is an asphalt sidewalk beside mostly not too busy streets. I had written out a detailed turn by turn description of the trail, good thing as the trail is not well marked. Also, some of the bridges while visually pleasing, had rough transitions on and off. (I've never understood why a paved trail should not have smooth transitions at bridges.) Still overall a very enjoyable ride. When combined with the Struble and Lions trails they totaled over 13 miles out and back.

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