Struble / Lion's Trail
A Very Easy shared use path
A Very Easy 3.1 mile long shared-use path 25 minutes from Kennett Square.
Effort: This 3.1 mile out and back shared use path (6.2 miles round trip) has a Flat Equivalent Length of 3.3 miles each way. It has an Overall Grade Rating of Very Easy. Depending on the direction, the longest continuous grades are as follows: a 30-140' section with at least easy grades, and a 20' section with at least easy to moderate grades.
Our route starts in Kardon Park, at the Lions trail, which is a bit closer to Kennett and adds another .5 miles each way. Click the map below for more detailed information, and click here for information on our grades and grade rating system.
Stress: As a shared use path, this is generally rated as very low stress for most users, except that there are several road crossings with crosswalks. Roadside erosion has also raised the lip at the Norwood Road crossing.
Universal Access: The Struble Trail comes very close to meeting full standards for Universal Access. With respect to running grade, it meets standards for all except for about 250' of the path after about 1.8 miles (just north of Dowlin Forge Rd): a 200' section with 5-8.33% grades, 2 30' sections with 8.33-10" grades, and 2 10' sections with 10-12.5% grades. As a shared use path, it meets all standards for surface, obstacles, cross-slope, and passing spaces. There is, however, a raised lip on the crosswalk at Norwood Road, marking the northern end of the Lion's Trail and the southern end of the Struble Trail.
Other features: This is a busy trail, running close to the East Branch of the Brandywine Creek. Almost the entire route is generally shaded. There are plenty of benches along the way. There is a portapotty at the Dorlan Mill Lot, and numerous places to eat and shop close to the Kardon Park lot.
Connections: This connects to the Uwchlan Trail, for those who want to extend their trip. Those on a bicycle can also connect to the East Branch Brandywine Trail with the 2.4 mile Struble Connector (read more below)
Maps: Click here (or on the map below) for directions to the southern trailhead.
To see the grade in each direction for each 10' section on the map below, click on Filter and select the direction (remember to toggle the filter on).
Click on Legend to see the symbols indicating different grades.
Click Home to re-center the map on the trail.
Click here to open the map in a new window.
Click Your Location to track your progress while you hike.
An Easy 2.4 mile route for experienced cyclists connecting the Struble and East Branch Brandywine Trails for a 16 mile round trip.
Effort: This 2.4 mile out and back route (4.8 miles round trip) has a Flat Equivalent Length of 2.8 miles each way. It has an Overall Grade Rating of Easy, because of 2 very long easy uphill, and 5 long easy to moderate uphill sections.
Stress: This route is rated for Experienced Cyclists because 34% of its length involves a minor collector road (Bradford Avenue) with a BLTS rating of 4. Note that almost all of the remaining route runs on shared use paths with a BLTS rating of 0, and only 3% of the most stressful section includes uphill grades, which are Very Easy. Some will find the crossing of a principal arterial (Route 322) to be very stressful, and there is another stressful crossing at a major collector (Wallace Avenue)
Other features: Bradford and Wallace are somewhat busy road - otherwise, much of the rest of the route is quiet, running through Johnsontown and Kerr Parks. Some of the small lanes near the former are quaint.
Maps: Click here (or on the map to the right) and then click on Layer to select the direction. Click on the Legend to see the grade of each 10' section. Click Your Location to track your progress, and Click Home to re-center the map on the trail. .