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Connecting with Nature through our Trails in Delaware County

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Delaware County is unique in that it is the most diverse county of all the counties in ethnicity, history and economic development. Much of the area is densely populated with towns, a major city, suburban sprawl, and modern development, while farms and rural areas still exist and wildlife and native plants a trees remain abundant.

The best way to view the County as it once was and primeval past, with glimpses of the development of our County in the 21st century. Whether a resident or a visitor, an experienced hiker, lover of nature, or a casual walker, you will find many places to explore, walk, bike, hike and even canoe and kayak.

Enjoy the experience!

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Brandywine Museum of Art River Trail

Alluvial Forest
The river trail begins at the corner of the parking lot near the Museum on the river side. The walk goes from this starting point to the meadow across from the John Chads House. The distance is approximately one mile roundtrip, or 20 to 30 minutes walking at an average pace.

The trail meanders through an Alluvial Forest with native trees, shrubs and plants and wildlife that includes blue herons, great egrets, northern water snakes and musk turtles.

Just beyond the bridge at Route 1 is a stone mill dam used to channel water from an 1864 wrist mill which has been converted into the Museum.

A boardwalk takes you across a wetland area where from an observation deck you can view wood ducks, Carolina wrens, herons and osprey.

Beyond the platform is a floodplain meadow with native grasses and wildflowers.

You can cross the meadow to reach the Chad Ford Historical Society Visitor's Center and the John Chads House.




For more information:
brandywine.org/brandywine/campus/river-trail


Chester Creek Trail

The Chester Creek Trail is a proud member of the Circuit,  a 750-mile network of bicycle and pedestrian trails connecting people to jobs, communities, and parks in the Greater Philadelphia Region.  For more information, visit: connectthecircuit.org
Pet friendly • Biking • Walking • Hiking • Interesting terrain
The Chester Creek Trail is a rail-trail in central Delaware County, Pennsylvania, Southeastern Pennsylvania.  The trail will follow Chester Creek along the Civil War-era Chester Creek Branch line of the Pennsylvania Railroad.

When complete, the trail will run from the former SEPTA Wawa R3 station to Upland, PA. The middle section of the trail, consisting of 2.8 miles through Middletown and Aston townships, was the first to be completed in late 2016.  An official ribbon cutting ceremony was held on April 8, 2017 for Phase I.  Engineering design work  for the next phase, which will bring the trail further into Aston township, is expected to begin in late 2017.

Parking is available on Lenni Road near Lungren Road.


Crum Woods Trail

The Crum Woods of Swarthmore College is one of the last remaining forested areas in Delaware County, Pa. With roughly 3.5 miles of walking trails extending over more than two hundred acres of land, the Crum Woods is significant not only for its large area and biodiversity, but also for the opportunities it offers for learning and recreation. The woods are used as a classroom and laboratory by the College, and provide recreational opportunities for all, including the broader community. 
Visitors are encouraged to wander the trails, observe the flora and fauna, and otherwise explore, contemplate, and enjoy the woods.

Though surrounded by a suburban community, the trail
offers visitors beautiful fauna and abundant wildlife.
Crum Creek, which runs north to south through the woods, was originally called Ockanickon, by the native Lenni Lenape who lived on its banks. Following European settlement in the early 18th century,
the Swedes renamed it Crumkill, meaning “crooked creek.” Over time,  much of the land around the creek was cleared for agricultural and industrial use. During the Great Depression, under direction of the Scott Horticultural Foundation (which is today the Scott Arboretum) the Crum
Woods was replanted with over 60,000 native trees and shrubs. John Wister, first director of the
Arboretum, named the trails for acclaimed botanists and horticulturists. The trail names on this map match those on Wister’s 1939 hand-drawn map.

The trail is a “walking trail” and part of the 22.5 mile Ccreeh and 38 sq. miles of watershed that runs from Malvern, Chester County to the Delaware River. Starting points would be either at Plush Mill Road in Smedley Park or Yale Road in Swarthmore.

The Leiper-Smedley Trail is a paved 2.2 mile from Rogers Lane to Yale Avenue on the west side of the creek. That trail is bike and handicapped friendly.

107 Yale Road
Swarthmore, PA
610-543-499

Darlington Trail

Though the trail is pet friendly, the railroad bridge crossing over Chester Creek
may be daunting for dogs or young children
The Darlington Trail is most accessible from the parking lot on Darlington Road. The trail follows Chester Creek for several hundred yards, crosses and follows an old railroad right-of-way, and then crosses portions of the Darlington Family Dairy through mixed woods. meadows and farmland, returning to Darlington Road or continuing on a similar perimeter trail. The loop is approximately 203/4 miles and the terrain is varied with flat and steeper sections that provide excellent views of Chester Creek.

The trail links to the Rocky Run Trail with a portion of it on the Wawa Preserve that is a property maintained by Natural Lands Trust. The grounds that follow the Creek are maintained and planted by the CRC Watersheds Association, a non-profit that manages the Chester, Ridley and Crum Creek watersheds.

The Rocky Run Trail intersects with the Darlington Trail and runs along Chester Creek and the railroad track and has few incline sand is very flat.
 

Goshen Road Trail

Photos by: jmcginnis 12@gmail.com
One of the end points of the trail
is the parking lot at the West Tavern on Rt. 352
The Goshen Road Trail runs through Newtown and is just shy of a mile, the crushed-stone trail offers a great place for a quick run. It extends from Goshen Road, just west of Route 252 to Goshen Road/Echo Valley Lane.The route, which parallels the south side of the roadway, is separated from traffic by a wide barrier of trees and offers some moderate rolling hills.

The trail offers interesting views of old homes, barns and landscapes, and is wheelchair accessible, and suitable for trail bikes, runners, and pets.





N Newtown Street Rd.
Newtown, PA 19073
(610) 356-0200
Click here for more info and photos

Haverford Walking Trails

Haverford Heritage Trail

The Haverford Heritage Trail is a 14-mile loop through Haverford that highlights many (though certainly not all!) historic sites in the Township. It comprises parts of other trails listed below. For a complete map click here.

Haverford Heritage Trail
Follow the trail loop on foot or on bicycle as it winds through the township and its history. Over thirty sites are numbered starting at the Grange Estate in the southeast part of Haverford and skirt the early 20th century neighborhood of Penfield toward Nitre Hall in Powder Mill Valley, talk the site of the

Small marker signs, bearing the Heritage Trail logo shown above, are placed along the route to help you stay on track. Look for them on street sign and traffic sign posts, and on trees along off-road trails.

The Federal School is a field stone one-room school. A 1797 date stone
is on the gable end away from the chimney. Haverford Township's first
purpose-built school and Delaware County's second, it served as
a school until 1872.
In addition to the main trail route, several "option" routes cover additional sites. Option trails exist for Beechwood Amusement Park, Haverford College, Steel Road (on-road option for bicyclists) and the Narbeth estate.

Note: At the present time, some trail portions do not yet offer a continuous route. Specifically, the creekside trail segments along Darby Creek above and below West Chester Pike do not connect with each other. You can start at Site 25 (Lawrence Cabin Original Site), or at Merry Place or Steel Field in southwest Haverford Township, and go counterclockwise on the trail map from there.
Beechwood Amusement Park of 1907, and travel all the way to the trails of the Haverford Reserve, the Darby Creek and beyond. But you can start anywhere and cover as much or as little as you want. Fifteen parks are also included. (Click here for map)

Haverford Reserve

Besides its playing fields, playground and Dog Park, the Community Park at Haverford Reserve contains more than five miles of popular trails. They are comprised mostly of unimproved paths through woods and a meadow, many with varying levels of steepness. They are available for walking, jogging, off-road bicycling, and even cross-country skiing in winter when conditions permit. Part of one trail (Southbrook) is paved, level and fully accessible. The Reserve trail system is very enjoyable and fun to explore. For more details and a map of all trails  click here.


Haverford College Trail

Haverford College welcomes visitors to its campus. The serene two mile Nature Walk loop (a mix of gravel, dirt, woodchip and grass surfaces) is popular with hikers, joggers and leashed dogs. Bikes are not allowed on the Nature Walk, but may be used on the extensive campus walkway and road system. At the northern edge of the campus, near where College Avenue meets Rairoad Avenue, you can walk across the pedestrian bridge over the road to access the quiet Meeting House Walk. Paved with very large flagstones, it leads to Haverford Friends Meeting House and Buck Lane. To see a map click here.
The Powder Mill Valley Monument, erected in 1947 by the Haverford
Township Historical Society, memorializes the early mill history of
this secluded creek valley.

Powder Mill Valley Trails


There are a number of trails in the historic Powder Mill Valley along Cobbs Creek. The popular Karakung Trail and its northern extension provide a more scenic and safer off-road alternative to Karakung Drive for those on foot. Other trails (plus some road sections) on the east side of Cobbs Creek can be combined with these trails to form walking and running "loops" of various lengths. In addition, Karakung Drive itself is closed to motor vehicle traffic on Sundays from May through October for recreational use between the Beechwood Bridge and Manoa Road. South of Manoa Road, there are trails on both sides of the creek, including the Grange Estate.

Darby Creek Walking Trails

There are three basic segments of trail along Darby Creek (all shown in orange), each about one mile long. At this time, they are not connected to each other. They are easy, level walks. The Center Segment, from Merry Place on Glendale Road to Hilltop Road (just south of West Chester Pike), is a hard-surfaced, multi-use trail that is fully accessible and also great for baby strollers. For more details on the Darby Creek Trail click here.

Pennsy Trail

The Pennsy Trail, whose name harkens back to the former Pennsylvania Railroad, turns an abandoned branch rail line corridor into a useful and positive community asset, linking the Skatium and nearby neighborhoods to the Haverford Area YMCA and the pedestrian-friendly signaled crosswalk at Eagle Road. For more detail, click here.




Keller Williams Realty "Red Day" volunteers helped with the initial making of the Pennsy Trail.

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge Trails

The John Heinz Wildlife Refuge encompasses 1000 acres spanning Philadelphia and Delaware County. It is tucked away near Philadelphia International Airport and preserves and protects the environment in this fragile portion of the Darby Creek.

Section of trail on the south-east end of the refuge
With more than 10 miles of trails, the refuge provides many areas for visitors to explore. Environmental education, interpretation, wildlife observation, photography, and fishing are all provided via access throughout the refuge’s extensive trail system. Kiosks and signs provide interpretive materials for trail users.

Within the trail system, there is a 3.8 mile loop hat features a lake and is accessible for all skill levels of hikers. Trails are open all year round from sunrise to sunset and leashed dogs are welcome. Trails are unpaved and not suggested for biking.

At the Visitor Center, refuge staff and volunteers are available to provide you with helpful
information, including maps, brochures and checklists. There are also a number of exhibits to enjoy and a short film to view. Binoculars and fishing rods are available to borrow at the visitor center front desk.

Darby Creek

The 4.5 mile segment of Darby Creek that flows through the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum is unique and scenic. It winds through the largest freshwater marsh in Pennsylvania, which allows canoeists to see a variety of plants and animals. The refuge waters are tidal and navigable only within 2 hours before and after high tide. To access monthly tide charts click here: Tide Charts Call our Visitor Contact Station (215-365-3118) for more information.

Canoe and Kayak Trail

The Center invites you to take the following canoe tour of the refuge! As you enter the creek at thecanoe launch, you may see Canada geese feeding in the fields or a northern harrier (marsh hawk) soaring over the marsh. In the creek, you may see the eastern painted turtle or the state-endangered red-bellied turtle sunning on a log or rock. Hooded mergansers, pintails, shovelers and mallards are a few of the ducks that you may pass. Least bitterns, great egrets, black-crowned night herons and yellow warblers are among the species which nest on or near the refuge.

Muskrats, opossum, deer and raccoons are present as well, though some may be more readily seen at night. In spring, you will be treated to an array of wildflowers and migrating birds. By late spring and through the summer, the young birds will fledge and mature. In the fall, the influx of migrants is repeated. Even in winter, there is wildlife to see.

A canoe map is available that points out 10 places of interest you can view from the water, providing a memorable vision of this part of Delaware County.

John Heinz at Tinicum
8601 Lindbergh Blvd.
www.fws.gov/refuge/John_Heinz/

Hours: Open today · 6AM–9PM

Newlin Grist Mill

The Newlin Grist Mill and the surrounding 160-acre park is a place for exploration of both history and the environment. With its working grist mill, programs, and nature trails, the Newlin Grist Mill is where Learning Is Fun!

Features
Pet friendly • Fishing • Picnic areas • Tours • Working Grist Mill
Fishing Pole Rentals

The property offers 8.5 miles of trails with a total elevation of 143 feet. Contour of river surroundings is easy to difficult with scenic surroundings such as a waterfall and bridge.

Trout fishing has become a well-loved and enjoyable feature of the park.

Both pond and stream fishing are available from the opening of the Delaware County, Pennsylvania trout fishing season through October, conditions permitting. 


Newlin Grist Mill
219 Cheyney Rd.
Glen Mills, PA 19342-1333

610-459-2359
newlingristmill.org

Radnor Trail

The Radnor Multipurpose Trail, also known as the P&W trail, runs along what was once part of the Philadelphia & Western Railway Company. P&W maintained the line until 1956, when it was abandoned and PennDOT acquired the land and construction began in June of 2004 and was completed in January 2006. Officially opened to residents on April 16, 2006, the Radnor Trail has
provided residents with a safe location to perform some of their favorite outdoor recreational activities. Utilized year round, the trail has been a welcomed addition to the list of highly valued recreational facilities of Radnor Township. Please refer to the Trail’s list of user recommendations on etiquette and responsibility.

There are 7 entrances to the trail including : Brook Road,
Conestoga Road, Gallagher Road,the John Cappelli Golf Range,
Radnor Chester Road, Sugartown Road,
and West Wayne Avenue 

Features & Amenities

The 2.4 mile trail runs from Radnor-Chester Road to Sugartown Road. With several key connections located along the part-macadam, part-crushed stone trail surface, multiple uses include walking, jogging, hiking, biking, and rollerblading. A parking lot with a temporary bathroom is available at the Conestoga Road entrance to the trail and along Brooke Road. Dog walking is permitted on the trail and all dogs must be on a leash.

Radnor Trail
520 Conestoga Road
Wayne, PA 19087

Contact: 610-688-5600

Hours
Dawn to Dusk 

Ridley Creek State Park

Fishing • Biking • Hiking • Picnic
Horseback riding • Colonial Plantation
Ridley Creek State Park is a 2,606-acre state park that resides in Edgmont, Middletown and Upper Providence Townships. The park, about 5 miles north of the county seat of Media, offers many recreational activities, such as hiking, biking, fishing, and picnicking. Ridley Creek passes through the park. Highlights include a 5-mile paved multi-use trail, a formal garden designed by the Olmsted Brothers, and Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation, which recreates daily life on a pre-Revolutionary farm.

Ridley Creek State Park has 12 miles of hiking trails and is
pet-friendly. The creek is stocked with trout by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. with a portion of the creek designated as catch and release area for fly fishing only.

5 miles of the trail is designated for multi-sue and open to jogging, biking and walking. There is a wheelchair accessible fishing platform on a multi-use trail. There is also wheelchair accessible fishing platform on a multi-use trail.








Rose Valley Trails

Rose Valley us a small, historic borough that covers just.73 sq. mi. It was founded in 1901 as an Arts and Crafts community by architect Will Price who bought 80 acres around a former textile mill. Rose Valley is home to the famed Hedgerow Theater, the first repertory theater in the America.

Former home of architect Will Price
There is an historic tour lead by one of the members of the Rose
Valley Historical Society that takes you through the streets and back yards of area, past the famed Thunderbird Lodge (now the Rose Valley Arts and Crafts Museum, over a bridge across Minguas Run, and down a lane to the “Old Mill” a venue for weddings and events, to the rustic School in Rose Valley, and past the houses designed or with additions by Will Price. It is worth a trip to see the architecture, and experience the feeling of the time 100 years ago, as not much has changed.

Parking is available at the Old Mill (when events are not in progress), the School in Rose Valley (on weekends), and the Hedgerow Theatre (when performances are not planned or in progress.

For information, visit rosevalleymuseum.org., or (484) 444-2961

Rose Valley Museum at the Thunderbird Lodge

Saw Mill Park and Trail


Features
Dogs Allowed • Fishing • Picnic Areas
Nature Trail • Parking • Pond • Stream
The area that surrounds and makes up Saw Mill Park is considered to be one of Radnor’s first settlements. As early as the late 17th century the area was very active with mills fed by Darby Creek. Among the types of mills that were include a grist mill and a saw mill constructed in the 1800’s by Levi Lewis. A house located on Earles Lane, built in 1840 was home to the miller. Today, much of Lewis’ original land is now part of Ardrossan. Saw Mill Park is known for hosting the Youth Trout Derby that takes place annually for the community.

Saw Mill Park is a 4.2 acre linear park located along a stretch of the Little Darby Creek at Darby-Paoli Road and Saw Mill Road. Fishing is permitted for all ages along Little Darby Creek. Nature trails are accessible for those individuals with special needs. The park also features picnic tables, a bridge, and walkways allow hikers to navigate through to neighboring Skunk Hollow and onto the Willows. Parking is available off road along Saw Mill Road and Earles Lane.

Saw Mill Park
666 Earles Lane
Newton Square, PA 19073
Contact:
610-688-5600
Hours:
Dawn to Dusk
Open throughout year, but trail is not plowed in winter.
For more information:
www.radnor.com/Facilities/Facility/Details/Saw-Mill-Park-26



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Tyler Arboretum

The 650 acre Tyler Arboretum has seven trails, each given a name by color: green, yellow, pink, red, white, blue, and orange. These trails are marked by colored squares on trees at intervals on the paths. The trails range in both their difficulty and length. The Green Trail, for example, is an easy walk of mostly flat terrain and is .9 miles long, where the White Trail covers more diverse territory and is a full 8.5 miles
long.

When visiting, it is best to spend at least a few hours on the grounds. The white trail begins its eight-mile length with a paved path, which eventually gives way to an unpaved but nevertheless easy to navigate walking area. The yellow path’s opening is similar in that it is easy, but it is a slightly more sloping and slanting route, with uneven ground.

Due to the enormous amount of space the arboretum’s paths occupy, it is possible to walk for quite some
time without seeing anyone. If you are a novice hiker or someone easily lost, be sure to take note of your surroundings every so often and be sure to leave enough time to return to the parking lot, as the gates automatically close at five o’clock.

Tyler Arboretum
515 Painter Rd, Media, PA 19063
tylerarboretum.org
(610) 566-9134
Open daily:  9AM–5PM 

Upper Darby Township Trails

A few of the dozens of participants in the first Upper Darby Trail Day hike upstream along Darby Creek
Kent Park
Upper Darby is the largest Township in Delaware County. It also has the greatest population. Despite this, there are a number of informal trails in Upper Darby along Darby Creek. In the northwest corner of the township there is a nice walk along the creek. The sewer authority keeps a wide path clear from State and Township Line roads (by the Hess station) through Pilgrim Park up into Haverford Township by the end of Burmont Road. Rather than walk through an area near the south end that can be muddy at times, bear west along the rear fence of the tennis club and then walk upstream along the bank of the creek from there.

Along Darby Creek in Pilgram Park, north of
State and Township Line roads
South of there, another section of Darby Creek is accessible southward from Bloomfield and Rosemont avenues down an access road into the township's Addingham Tract and passing under the Garrett Road bridge.

A third section can be accessed by walking along Swedish Cabin. There is also a path along the creek within Kent Park, a bit downstream off of Bridge Street. (When the county's trail improvement project connecting Kent Park to the Swedish Cabin begins, there may be blockages from time to time in these areas.)
Creek Road west from Dennison Avenue and Blanchard Avenue, all the way upstream to the historic

Collenbrook Trail is a great little green space in Drexel Hill, and is adjacent to one of the last remaining privately owned forrested areas of Drexel Hill, the Monzino estate.
Along the Naylor's Run corridor, you can explore Naylor's Run Park, north of Garrett Road, which includes a section of the former Newtown Square Branch rail line. Southward from the same area, there is a walkable straight paththat leads southward along the west side of Naylor's Run to Marshall Road and the Beverly Hills Recreation Area. Other stretches along the former rail line are also walkable on an informal basis.

Don't forget the lovely walks and runs possible on the roadways within the beautiful Arlington Cemetery, which have long been popular with the neighbors. Please respect cemetery hours.

In nearby Lansdowne Borough you can walk through Hoffman Park and Shrigley Park, both along Scottdale Road south off Baltimore Avenue, as well as along some steep paths in Pennock Woods Park, off the end of Pennock Terrace.

Click here for map and further information.

Wawa Preserve

Features
Nature Trail • Parking • Dense woods • Open fields  • Beautiful Scenery
Wawa Preserve is owned by Natural Lands Trust and operated in partnership with Middletown Township. This 98-acre wildlife preserve is located right behind Wawa headquarters, and was once used to graze their dairy cattle. Officially, the preserve includes 4 miles of trails along a creek called Rocky Run, but you can also link up to a network of Middletown Township trails, providing at least 6 miles of hiking routes through the area. Creek.

The two main Middletown Township trails take you through the former Darlington Family Dairy property. The Darlington Trail itself climbs up along the perimeter of a native meadow and offers great views of the rolling countryside.

The second trail, Cornucopia, winds through the woods between neighborhoods. If you hit a road and
In spite of their proximity to nearby houses, the trails are really very private, secluded. and pretty.
aren’t sure what to do, typically the answer is to keep going straight through the next side yard.

In the opposite direction from these trails, you can connect to the Tyler Arboretum (which has its own trail network). If you want to explore the property you'll need to pay the admission fee, but there's also a path you can take to Ridley Creek State Park for free

Parking

2/10 mile northwest of Route 1 (Baltimore Pike) on Valley Road



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