Leiper-Smedley Trail is a 4.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Swarthmore, Pennsylvania that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips and is best used from March until December. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length4.8 miElevation gain465 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingRunningForestPartially pavedRiverWildlife
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Shelby North
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Running

Nice trail! Pretty empty on a weekday. A little hilly for running. Easy to get lost in the second half but all the trails crisscross a lot so not too bad to get back on track.

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Mike Gormley
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Running

Decent trail, as a local.

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Heather Mcclintock
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Hiking
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Andy Abe
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Becky Jones
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Hiking

Easy trail with some great change in terrain throughout. I love parking at the far end where the Leiper-Smedley trail begins with access to the first playground. Its great for young kids and dogs considering if you walk the trail all of the way through, connecting to the upper park trails, you eventually arrive at another bridge and more playground access. I do agree that it can be a bit noisy as you cross the paths near the overpass but once you are on the trails, the world seems much further away.

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Jaina McGinn Cathers
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Fishing

Trees blocking water and lots of swampy wet lands. Close and easy only.

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Helen Marie
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Hiking

Beautiful in the woods and on the trails! Paths in the woods were clearly marked. However on the main roads was a different story. Beautiful views

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Megan Ellow
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Hiking

Really loud by the highway, but nice and quiet when you get into the woods.

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Sean Duffy
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Shu He
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HikingOff trailRockyScrambleSnow
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Michelle Zoch
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Olivia Santoro
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Dwayne Robinson
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HikingOff trailScramble

The trail isn't clearly marked. I like that it varies with some hills and level parts.

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Mark Mumbauer
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Mountain bikingOff trail

Tried to do this with the family, but kept getting off course, made it not too fun others of beginner level that were along for the ride. Will try again another time.

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David Gallagher
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Hiking

You can park at the Wallingford end of the trail at Copples Lane and Avondale Rd under the Blue Route overpass. It’s a paved trail that is mostly shade covered. You have to walk along the road a bit of the time and cross several roads. You can go off trail in a few spots and follow some single track through the woods to make it interesting. But mostly not much to see here other than graffiti in the woods. Beats the treadmill or the track but that’s about it.

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Mackenzie Ciotti
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Hiking

This trail had a beautiful view and amazing stops to sit and rest I would definitely recommend this trail to anyone that is looking for a beginner trail this was my very first trail and I enjoyed it very much

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Brian Perucki
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HikingRocky

also a nice hike moderately to easy you can kind of go off trail somewhat by following mountain bike off trails ..highly suggest trekking poles

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Brian Perucki
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HikingMuddyOff trailRocky

had to cut my hike short still want to explore more..unfortunately the trails are poorly marked and had to rely heavily on this app to get my bearings straight. also I would make sure to be alert for unleashed dogs and their irresponsible owners. other than I like this trail it is a little noisy when your are right next to the highway. happy hiking everyone

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Julio Casoy
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Hiking

There is too much noise from the road (476), lacks signs (AllTrails was very useful). Many beautiful spots, particularly next to the creek.

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Frank Ingiosi
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Hiking

I stopped when it had me cross Baltimore Pike. No thanks.

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Mary Allen
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NOT difficult trail hiking at all. Poorly marked. More of a dirt bike trail experience. And the noise of the blue route is deafening. The park and playground areas along with creek bridges looked good and family friendly. With so many other options for hiking in the area I wouldn't recommend trails that just criss cross back and forth underneath the blue route! Yikes!

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Jessie Landauer
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Hiking

this trail is NOT even remotely difficult! more like a Sunday stroll if you ask me or the, at the first time, 6 yr., 9 yr., and 11 yr. old that rocked it out like it was there job! come on guys, look at the pics, does that look hard to you? Maybe for older folks or very inexperienced hikers, but anyone who has hiked even once or twice could do this trail in a breeze.

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joe fisher
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Hiking

This trail is not hard. It is paved below Baltimore pike.

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