Swarthmore and the surrounding communities offer a wealth of opportunities to get out of the house and explore the Borough and the great outdoors. We have mapped about 20 different trails and walks that you can take. Many of these have been created over the years by other organizations such as the Swarthmore Historical Society and the Swarthmore Horticultural Society, as well as the Scott Arboretum at the College.
The data for these walks have been entered into the AllTrails hiking app and are available there. Here are the instructions for downloading and using the AllTrails app. The app uses GPS information to guide you along each trail.
In addition, there is a downloadable map and directions for each trail available here. You may print these, or download them to your smartphone or tablet device. (This is not the same as downloading the app, as described above.) Using the downloaded version you will not have access to GPS information, but what you do have is the equivalent of a paper map.
Some of the trails go in or near the Crum Woods, where there may be a higher risk of contracting Lyme’s Disease (from deer ticks). Pennsylvania's fact sheet lists precautions hikers should take, and the CDC provides comprehensive information about Lyme’s Disease here.
Send an email to SwarthmoreTrails@gmail.com to ask for help of any kind related to following Swarthmore Walks and Trails.
Swarthmore Walks and Trails is a project of the Swarthmore Senior Citizens Association in collaboration with the Swarthmore College Office of Sustainability. SSCA is partially funded through a grant from Swarthmore Borough.