Chester Valley Trail
When it is completed the Chester Valley Trail will be the "backbone" through some of Chester County's busiest communities. If the Schuylkill River Trail and East Coast Greenway are considered the I-76 and I-95 of the Circuit, then the CVT is the 202. Nearby parks and local trails will be able to join a regional network of open space.
The trail sits atop an inactive rail line in central Chester County from East Caln Township east to Montgomery County, providing a major part of a regional trail system from central Chester County to the Schuylkill River Trail and Delaware River. The Phase I portion from Exton Park Site east to Route 29 is approximately 4.0 miles and the Phase II segment from Route 29 east to Warner Road in King of Prussia is 7.6 miles
Phase I of the CVT was completed in 2010 and Phase II was officially opened in May 2014.
In 2011, the DVRPC Regional Trails Program awarded $500,000 to Chester County for construction of Phase III of the Chester Valley Trail. Phase III is under construction (2014)
Throughout Chester County and southeastern Pennsylvania, public trails enhance regional recreational opportunities.
In the Downingtown area, the Struble Trail winds north along the east branch of the Brandywine Creek from Kardon Park toward Marsh Creek State Park. In northern Chester County, the Horseshoe Trail stretches from Valley Forge to Harrisburg, passing through Warwick County Park. The Schuylkill River Trail, which begins in Philadelphia, is envisioned to travel as far north as Pottsville, Schuylkill County. Montgomery County's Chester Valley Trail extension will begin at the Schuylkill Expressway and continue into Upper Merion Township, through Bridgeport and into Norristown where it will connect to the Schuylkill River Trail.
The Chester Valley Trail will be a valuable contribution to the region, serving as a backbone providing critical links to nearby parks and local trails in this dynamic regional network.
More information about the CVT can be found here.