|Knowlton Road Entrance and Parking Lot|
I thought about those stories when I arrived to take a walk on the newly opened Chester Creek Trail that has been years in the making. It all looked familiar to me as I've walked every inch of the line from the parts behind Linvilla Orchards to the Lenni Septa depot 3 miles away. What was different when we arrived at the Knowlton Road entrance was a parking lot that led right up to the path that
had bikers, walkers, runners, strollers, and dogs. What I remember being overgrown and almost impassable had turned into a beautiful recreational area.
The two railroad bridges we crossed, which are probably close to being 100 years old, seemed perfectly adapted to their new, rustic roles. Even the two roads with traffic that run across the trail at certain sections were well marked for both pedestrians and drivers. You can pretty much do the whole trail and not break stride. As we marveled at how well this trail turned out, we quickly covered 3 miles to our destination in no time.
|Adaptive reuse of train bridge|
The volunteers who saw this effort through after the passing of Friends of Chester Creek Trail President, Mike Fusco deserve a lot of credit for their persistence. I'm not sure if trails like this are given awards for layout and design, but this one would have to be a candidate. As for Mike, the true testament of his vision and success will be the many people who use this trail each and every day for generations to come. It's a masterpiece!
|Bridge over Pennel Rd (Rt 452) going towards Lenni|
|Trail through Lenni|