The EAC has established and oversees several lovely trails within the township that allow residents to savor the beauty of our natural surroundings. Special events are scheduled several times a season to expand upon our knowledge and appreciation of their unique features. Check the EAC Calendar for more information.
Extending along the East Branch of Chester Creek, this wooded trail provides a scenic waterfront hike that passes numerous historic ruins attesting to this region as a vibrant center of industry during the 18 th and 19 th centuries. Remnants of foundations from former sawmill and gristmill operations and the sluiceways that provided the water to power them are plainly visible. The trail extends to the sites of 2 old stone quarries once belonging to the John T. Dyer Quarry Company where remnants of the original stone crushing plant are prominently visible adjacent to the railroad tracks. The fern covered basin of the original quarry surrounded by its soaring rock walls makes this a very pleasing destination. Bonner Park Trails can also be accessed from this location.
Trail Length: 1½ miles from Cheyney Rd to Bonner Park at the Old Station Rd Bridge (which despite its name is found at the base of Grist Mill Rd).
Access to the Luckenbach Trail is from several signposted trailheads:
A scenic trail that meanders through a very attractive mature woodland to summit at the crest of a ridge with a seasonal broad overlook. Access is adjacent to the entrance of the Tall Trees development at the intersection of Creek Rd and Station Rd.
Trail Length : From Creek Rd to the far eastern end is about 0.8 miles; Round trip using the Summit Loop is about 1 ½ miles.
Parking can be found at either the Cheyney post office or along the road within Tall Trees.
30 acres at Creek and Tanguy Rds, currently undergoing PennDot wetlands remediation and when completed will revert to Township ownership; Existing trails have been somewhat obscured or obliterated during this remediation but will be re-established upon its completion.
This is a unique wetland meadow flanked by the banks of Chester Creek. In spring and fall, it is filled with wildflowers. Several outstanding trees are located at this site: a very large shagbark hickory, a sycamore tree measuring more than 15 ft in circumference and a relatively rare indigo bush.
Trail Length: The perimeter trail is about 0.6 miles long.
Trail begins at the back of the Palmer Arboretum, passes through a beautiful mature woodland and exits to Westtown-Thornton Rd via an easement through the Blantyre Development . Parking is available at the entrance to the Palmer Arboretum. Efforts will be underway this spring to more clearly mark the full extent of this trail.
Special events are scheduled several times a year on Saturday mornings to showcase our wonderful trail system and all residents are welcome to participate.
On several separate occasions, we have hosted a Scavenger Hunt on the Luckenbach Trail for our younger residents. Stream ecologists from the Ashland Nature Center have come equipped with fishnets, field microscopes and water testing kits. Participants learned to identify a variety of microinvertebrates inhabiting Chester Creek and to learn about their life cycle. Local arborists led informative tours along the trail as youngsters searched for hidden treats.
For several years, the EAC has sponsored hikes along the Luckenbach Trail and in Bonner Park led by local historians Sam Neumann and Walter Cressler. The 2017 Historical Hike along the Luckenbach Trail took place on May 6 and highlighted the industrial heritage of our township as exemplified by the extensive ruins of mill operations along Chester Creek and the stone crusher plants related to the John T. Dyer Quarry.
Bird Watching Event – Begun in 2016 and to be repeated this fall, “Introduction to Birding” is led by local resident John Mercer who leads bird walks for West Chester Bird Club, Longwood Gardens and The Friends of Exton park. This is a wonderful way to learn the basics of bird identification and bird calls. Date to be announced.
Wildflowers along the Trails
Sanguinaria canadensis ( bloodroot )
Jack in-the Pulpit
Yellow Trout Lily
Dutchman’s Breeches (Dicentra cucullaria)