Neshaminy State Park

Bensalem, Pennsylvania

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This easy, flat hike first takes you to a short spur that leads you to a site on the banks of the Delaware River where you can see the skyscrapers of downtown Philadelphia, 15 miles downriver. If you pause here long enough, you may notice the effect the Atlantic Ocean’s tides have on the river as it raises or lowers the water level of the Delaware River at the rate of an inch a minute. The hike continues to the point where Neshaminy Creek meets the river, then it’s on through a natural area and pine plantation as you make the loop back to where you started. Along the way you will discover the unique plants and animals that are found only in a freshwater estuary.
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by John L. and Debra Young (Falcon Guides)

This easy, flat hike first takes you to a short spur that leads you to a site on the banks of the Delaware River where you can see the skyscrapers of downtown Philadelphia, 15 miles downriver. If you pause here long enough, you may notice the effect the Atlantic Ocean’s tides have on the river as it raises or lowers the water level of the Delaware River at the rate of an inch a minute.

The hike continues to the point where Neshaminy Creek meets the river, then it’s on through a natural area and pine plantation as you make the loop back to where you started. Along the way you will discover the unique plants and animals that are found only in a freshwater estuary.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Bensalem
Distance: 2.3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Neshaminy State Park, 3401 State Rd., Bensalem, PA 19020; (215) 639-4538; www.visitPAparks.com
Local Maps: USGS Beverly
Driving Directions: Directions to Neshaminy State Park

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