Formed in 1850 by the Philadelphia and Reading Company, the Chester Valley Railroad stretched 22 miles between Bridgeport and Downingtown. The Chester Valley Trail will generally follow a now-abandoned rail corridor and will connect Chester County’s Struble Trail in Exton with Montgomery County’s Schuylkill River Trail in Norristown. Chester County is expecting to extend the trail into Downingtown.
Currently, a 5.1 mile section is complete, connecting Montgomery County to Chester County. The trail takes visitors over the Schuylkill River in Norristown and provides access to view the new fish ladder at the Norristown Dam as well as opportunities to visit various shops, restaurants, and art galleries along the way. It continues past the Veterans Memorial Park and into the King of Prussia area of Upper Merion Township.
This trail is paved, 12 feet in width, and will eventually be 22 miles long.
On Monday, March 13, 2023, the Montgomery County Commissioners joined with other local officials to cut the ribbon on the Chester Valley Trail Extension, a 3.8-mile extension of the Chester Valley Trail.
Chester Valley Trail Extension Ribbon Cutting Ceremony