Officially called the US 202 Parkway Trail, this recently built 8.5-mile trail runs from near the Route 202 and Route 611 interchange in Doylestown, Bucks County into Montgomery County where it presently ends at Route 63 in Montgomeryville. It is a bike trail unlike any rail-trail around the Lehigh Valley. It’s not flat, not very peaceful or quiet and there is absolutely no shade but it is an interesting ride. The 12 foot wide paved trail has several trailheads which offer ample parking.
It is a noisy ride with plenty of traffic from the busy 202 Parkway which is running parallel just a few feet away. Fencing along the entire length separates the trail from the highway. There are several road crossings and a few dual crossings at intersections. Using the crossing signals is a must to safely cross 202!
There are mileage markers every quarter mile on the trail and also mileage signs for upcoming intersections and towns. Unfortunately, there are no bathrooms or benches along the way at the present time. Places to stop for a drink or snack are at the Wawa on Route 63, at a Giant Supermarket in a shopping center about a mile north of 63 (where they even sell beer for onsite consumption) and a Costco along the trail in North Wales.
There are plenty of hills. On a mountain bike without pedaling you can go down some of the hills at 20-25 mph or even faster. On a hybrid or road bike one could easily reach speeds of 30-40 mph. The downside to these hills; you also have to pedal up them, so enjoy the downhill sections. The steepest hill is a 6.5 grade at the Route 309 bridge crossing.
Please use proper trail etiquette here. Stay right (especially because of faster riders), ride single file, and announce your presence when approaching slower riders and walkers from behind.
There are several side trails, one leading to Delaware Valley University, others to side roads and developments. There is a short .07 mile one-way, paved and shady trail called the Neshaminy Greenway Trail (part of a planned 33 mile path which will eventually run from Doylestown to the Delaware River near Bristol) connecting to the 202 trail and running along the Neshaminy Creek.
Future plans will connect the 202 Parkway Trail with other trails, including the 4.8 mile Powerline Trail in Horsham and an extension from Montgomeryville to Norristown with a possible meet up at the Schuylkill River Trail (which currently runs 26 miles from Phoenixville to Philadelphia that also connects to the 19 mile Perkiomen Trail).
Trailheads can be found: At 425 Wells Rd. (off New Britain Rd.), Doylestown, at the Walter C. Berry Trailhead in Central Park, LAT: N 40° 17′ 28″, LONG: W 075° 08′ 29″.
At 3807 Bristol Rd., Chalfont, LAT: N 40° 16′ 50″, LONG: W 075° 10′ 55″.
At 49 Stump Rd., Chalfont, LAT: N 40° 15′ 18″, LONG: W 075° 12′ 22″.
At 934 Bethlehem Pike (309), Montgomeryville, LAT: N 40° 13′ 56″, LONG: W 075° 14′ 20″.
At 1133 Knapp Rd. North Wales, LAT: N 40° 13′ 37″, LONG: W 075° 14′ 36″.
And at the Wawa on Welsh at 1286 Welsh Rd., North Wales, LAT: N 40° 13′ 07″, LONG: W 075° 14′ 47″.
Preferred parking would be at the main area in the beautiful 108 acre Central Park where there are restrooms, soccer fields, pavilions, a children’s playground area and more. Directions to Central Park going south on the Route 611 Bypass, merge onto US 202 S toward Norristown for 1 mile, turn right onto Lower State Road for .1 mile, take the first right onto Wells Road, the park will be ahead on your left in about 1 mile.