Brookline / Llanerch
The map below shows the extent of the Pennsy Trail through the heart of Haverford Township. One segment is in Llanerch, while the other, longer segment runs through Brookline to Oakmont. The trail's map color is the Pennsylvania Railroad's signature "Tuscan Red."
The longer "Brookline" section of the Pennsy Trail leads from Manoa Road at the Boyle Energy access road below the Police Station and runs all the way north to the rear of the Haverford Area YMCA parking lot. It also connects to the bottom of Veterans Field, the paved Princeton Road - Lincoln Avenue path, Harvard Road and Ralston Avenue.
It was originally cleared and a woodchip surface was added during 2013 and 2014, through the efforts of many organizations and hundreds of volunteers, in time for the grand opening of the "Y." During 2015-2016 Haverford Township, using grant funding, transformed the new and popular trail into a wider, accessible and bikeable macadam trail.
At present, the southern end of the trail, just short of Manoa Road, is adjacent to the vicinity of the construction site for the township's new municipal building, so there may be issues there at times. The best access points, with curbside parking, are on Princeton and Harvard roads.
The southern, shorter "Llanerch" section of the Pennsy Trail starts at the bend in Llanerch Avenue on one side and the back of the L.A. Fitness parking lot on the other side, and heads north to Manoa Road. This section was re-cleared and given a woodchip surface by the Llanerch Civic Association and the Friends of Haverford Trails. If you are willing to clamber down a steep "goat path" you can reach Manoa Road. Someday, we hope, grant funding will provide for a slightly-arched trail bridge across Manoa Road, where the old railroad bridge once was. This will connect the isolated section of Llanerch between the trail and Darby Road, giving it improved walking, running and bicycling access to the township facilities, library, middle and high schools, and other attractions.