Walking Trails in
The map below identifies over 15 miles of walking trails in Haverford Township. The trails are summarized below, with some having links to specific map views and further information. Many of these trails act as portions of the larger Haverford Heritage Trail loop around the township.
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 click here.
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.
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.
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. For more information click here.
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 signalled crosswalk at Eagle Road. For more details click here.