Family-Friendly Bike Trails on the Main Line and Beyond
Take off your training wheels and enjoy the weather!
Want to take advantage of the cooling weather, appreciate the changing colors, and get some exercise with your family? Biking is a perfect way to do it! Here are some great trails to get you started.
Originally part of the Philadelphia & Western Railway Company Track, which dates back to 1907, Radnor Township resurrected the empty corridor as a 2.4-mile macadam trail that runs between Radnor-Chester Road and Sugartown Road. With seven trail entrances, two with parking lots and bathroom access (Conestoga Road and Brooke Road), unpacking and gearing up are a breeze. Sneak in history lessons about the defunct railroad reading signage, sponsored by the Radnor Historical Society and Radnor Conservancy, highlighting various train stops.
Tucked into the mini-community of Chesterbrook off Route 202, with the entrance at the end of Lee Road, is the 90-acre Wilson Farm Park. Families can trek the roughly 3 miles of paved flat path that goes around and intersects the park, take a pit stop at the all-abilities playground, or picnic. Three on-site pavilions have bathrooms.
At the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove in Montgomery County, you can bike and bird-watch at the same time! The rolling-hill 2.5-mile paved loop starts at Lower Perkiomen Valley Park. Double the distance if your tribe has the extra go-power when you connect with the Schuylkill River Trail or the Perkiomen Trail.
Cross the Manayunk Bridge Trail, a highlight of the 2-mile linear paved trail, and get a different perspective on Philadelphia traffic, which straddles the Schuylkill Expressway. Parents can park at the Cynwyd Station Park, Bala Cynwyd Park (bathrooms on-site), and the northern end of Belmont Avenue.