Darby Creek Trail
The Darby Creek Trail is located just outside of Philadelphia. It travels along a wooded creek throughout the western neighborhoods of Haverford Township. The trail ends in its southernmost end by Merry Place, a playground and nature area within Havertown, Delaware County, Pennsylvania.
Darby Creek Trail is a paved mile-long trail is part of The Circuit. The Circuit is a great effort in the Philadelphia area to create a 750-mile network of interconnected trails. Parking is available in Merry Place which is located at the trail’s southern end.
The Northern Segment of the Darby Creek Trail can be accessed from Darby Creek Road, near the Haverford Reserve. The Northern Segments consists of earthen, grassy, and gravel surfaces. Parking is found within the Reserve, near the Southbrook Trail entrance and the Dog Park.
The Center Segment of the Darby Creek Trail is a very popular macadam trail. This part connects the Merry Place park to the school bus yard which sits off of Old West Chester Pike and Hilltop Road. Parking is found at either Merry Place or off Hilltop Road. There are also three “spur” walking trails which provide access from nearby neighborhoods to the main trail. The earthen Westgate Hills Spur is narrow and starts from the Westgate Hills neighborhood and leads down to the Darby Creek Trail. The Hilltop Spur connects the Bon Air and Hilltop neighborhoods to the Darby Creek Trail and Merry Place. This spur is a pretty steep earthen foot trail that leads to Glendale Road from the Hilltop and Steel Road park areas and ballfields. The third spur is the Pilgrim Gardens Spur. This is a short spur that connects with Pilgrim’s Garden’s neighborhood’s sidewalks.
Finally, the Southern Segment of the Darby Creek Trail passes near the edge of Jack McDonald Field which is along Burmont Road. The Southern Segment consists of stones, grass, and earthern surface.
Darby Creek Trail is a 2 mile trail that is heavily trafficked. It features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is mostly used for running, walking, mountain biking, and road biking. Dogs are also allowed to use this trail but must be kept on leash. The Merry Place playground is nearby and is well maintained. It is great for small kids.
The Darby Creek Trail can be accessed at 600 Glendale Rd, Havertown, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, 19083.
Check out information for Haverford Township Free Library.