5 Trails to Hike This Spring
From easy walking trails to lengthy hikes, the Main Line has no shortage of nature spots.
The Schuylkill River Trail in Philadelphia. Photo by Jordan McBride.
Spring is just weeks away, but with the warm weather setting records this winter, it has felt as though it’s been here already. Take to nature on those particularly warm, sunny days. Whether walking, running or biking, the Main Line and surrounding areas have plenty of scenic trails to enjoy.
Also known as the P&W trail, the Radnor Trail is a premier biking and hiking path in Radnor Township. The trail opened to residents in 2006 and is accessibly year round. Beginning on Radnor-Chester Road, the trail spans 2.4 miles to Sugartown Road, and features walking, jogging, hiking, biking and rollerblading paths. There is also a convenient parking lot with a bathroom at the trailhead. Leashed dogs are also welcome.
The trails at Mill Grove boast over nine miles of paths that weave through scenic woods and meadows, perfect for walkers and hikers. The Audubon Loop is paved and surrounds the entire Mill Grove property, allowing for either a short walk or a several hour stroll with birds, deer and other wildlife. This trail is especially unique for having some old building remnants from the lead and copper mines that used to fill the property.
If you want a riverside view on your hike, this recreational path runs along the Schuylkill River through Valley Forge National Historical Park. Make sure you have a whole day to commit—there are 26.5 miles to enjoy for bikers, runners and walkers. Most of the trail is wide and one pathway connects to the South Street Bridge, providing waterfront views of the Philadelphia Skyline. It’s so great, it was even named the number one urban trail in the country by USA Today.
Located in Wayne, this center features 89 acres of unspoiled woods with multiple hiking trails.
The Community Park at the Haverford Reserve is their newest and largest open-space recreation area. There are over five miles of walking trails to enjoy in wooded areas with varying degrees of difficulty. Though these trails are mostly for walkers and joggers, the township does permit off-road bicyclists, as well.