The Newlin Grist Mill features 160 acres of historic woodlands, meadows and streams. There are shaded picnic areas by the pond (pictured above), and 7 unique trails totaling 8.5 miles of natural lands for exploring. Read about all of them below, but first - consider spending 2 hours helping preserve these trails!

June 2nd is National Trails Day - and from 10am to noon, the Mill is offering a rare opportunity to help build, repair and beautify their trails:

If you're a walker or a hiker, then you already know how important it is to have safe, natural places to explore.  This is a wonderful chance to help preserve and maintain one of Delco's most beautiful and historic sites.
There will be a variety of activities designed to keep their trails in top working order! Volunteers will assist with a variety of trail maintenance projects, including trail building, repair, and beautification. This is a great morning of service for families, scout troops, community groups, or individuals looking to spend a morning in the great outdoors.

Pre-registration is required, to make sure there is enough equipment for everyone. CALL 610.459.2359.

Industrial Trail – 1.6 miles, easy  Offers a walk through NGN’s forgotten industrial past.  Following the Octorara Railroad, it passes the Markham Station (Visitor Center), railroad bridges, site of a cannery and creamery.  Today it is home to a variety of plants and birds.

The Osage Trail – 0.8 miles, moderate  Named for the distinctive 100-year-old trees along its edges, it is a living connection with prehistoric megafauna like mastodons and giant sloths which  used them as a food source.  These trees form a natural tunnel along the trail.

The Beech Trail – 0.8 miles, moderate  This passes through the oldest forest on the property. This native hardwood forest is populated with Beech, Oak, Hickory, Maple and Poplar.  Forest-loving species like nuthatches, woodpeckers and titmice are found here and the hillside is a good place to see native wildflowers in the spring.

The Sequoia Trail – 1.4 miles, easy  This trail offers paths through the Metasequoia grove, a tree only known through fossils until 1949.  Explore the former Christmas Tree Farm that is now a mature conifer forest.

Forest Trail – 1.2 miles, moderate  This winds through a series of forests and grasslands.  The forested areas were farmland in the early 20th century and since have been reclaimed by nature.  White-tailed deer, red fox and bluebirds are seen in this area.

Mill Race Trail – 0.9 miles, easy  The trail gets its name from the races (canals) that carry water to the Grist Mill.  Explore the dams, gates, and races that regulate and deliver water to the water wheel.  Along the trail are the Beech Forest and Frog Pond.  Woodpeckers, chickadees, wrens, and warblers are seen on this trail.

Creek Trail – 1.1 miles, easy with stepping stones  Hike along the waters of the Chester Creek and Concord Creek using three stepping stone crossings. Walk through a streamside forest dominated by Sycamore trees, and visit NGM’s reforestation areas.  Kingfishers and herons can be seen fishing in the stream.

Newlin Grist Mill
219 Cheyney Rd, Glen Mills, PA 19342
Newlin Grist Mill Website

You may have noticed the symbols in the top photo...the hiker, the fish, the picnic table and the dog friendly symbol.  These are notations found only in the Bureau's new Hiking & Biking Trails Guide.  From our Riverside to the Main Line and the Brandywine, read about all of Delco's unique and historic trails, with easy-to-see activity symbols plus maps, historic notes and more! Delco's Hiking & Biking Trail Guide