Chester Valley Trail West

Project Description

This feasibility study and master plan will pick up where the Chester Valley Trail Extension to Downingtown study leaves off and will identify and evaluate potential routes for extending the Chester Valley Trail (CVT) westward across the county to connect with the future 29-mile multi-use Enola Low Grade rail trail located just outside of Atglen Borough in Lancaster County. The study will also identify potential linkages to nearby points of interest and will examine "Trail Town" precedents for using a long-distance multi-use trail to spark recreation-centered economic development.

The project study area includes eight Chester County municipalities: Caln Township; Downingtown Borough; City of Coatesville, Valley Township, Parkesburg Borough, Sadsbury Township, West Sadsbury Township, and Atglen Borough.

study area
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The CVT West study is funded in part by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (PA DCNR) Community Conservation Partnerships Program (C2P2). For more information, please contact Rachael Griffith, CCPC's project manager for the study, at 610-344-6285 or

Public Participation

Study Ride- Chester Valley Trail West

Because both the Enola Low Grade Trail to the west and the Chester Valley Trail to the east may be built before the Chester Valley Trail West, our project team is working to identify an interim on-road cycling route between Downingtown and Atglen as a short-term solution to fill this 15-mile gap. The Planning Commission is looking for cyclists who are familiar with the roads in the Downingtown, Coatesville and Parkesburg areas and who are experienced in riding these roads on a bicycle to test out our potential interim cycling routes. Cyclists can use the maps linked below to ride the routes on their own time. Comments can be shared using the form below or by emailing the project manager, Rachael Griffith, at

View maps showing the two potential on-road routes.

Public Meetings

This study will include three public meetings where interested members of the public will be invited to participate in determining the alignment for the trail.

First Public Meeting

The first public meeting was held on October 17, 2017 at the Coatesville Area Senior High School. View Presentation

Second Public Meeting

The second public meeting was held on March 1, 2018 at the The Point in Parkesburg.

Third Public Meeting

The third public meeting was held on Wednesday, November 7th, 2018 at Gateway Church in Parkesburg. View Presentation

Draft Report

Please note: comments received at the third public meeting have not yet been incorporated into the report.

Please submit all comments using the form below by 5:00pm on Friday, December 7th.

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