Ridley Creek State Park

Newton Square, Pennsylvania

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This park is just 16 miles from downtown Philadelphia in Delaware County, but when you explore the colonial setting here, it feels like you’re in another country. On this easy 4.3-mile loop hike, you have a chance to visit a circa 1700 Quaker farm, complete with period-dressed interpreters and farm animals. There’s also the Tyler Arboretum, home to more than 1,000 varieties of native and exotic trees and shrubs. This hike is great for seniors and children. Visitors to Ridley Creek State Park will be pleased to learn that aside from everything else you’d expect to find in a state park, this park has a fully restored eighteenth-century farm. The village buildings are gone now or used as private residences, but the area that was the hub of activity, now known as Sycamore Mills, has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Hikers or bicyclists can get on the paved multiuse trail and make their way to this site. The multiuse trail runs for 5 miles and essentially makes a loop around the center of the park.
Hiking Pennsylvania

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Hiking Pennsylvania

by John L. Young (Falcon Guides)

This park is just 16 miles from downtown Philadelphia in Delaware County, but when you explore the colonial setting here, it feels like you’re in another country. On this easy 4.3-mile loop hike, you have a chance to visit a circa 1700 Quaker farm, complete with period-dressed interpreters and farm animals. There’s also the Tyler Arboretum, home to more than 1,000 varieties of native and exotic trees and shrubs. This hike is great for seniors and children.

Visitors to Ridley Creek State Park will be pleased to learn that aside from everything else you’d expect to find in a state park, this park has a fully restored eighteenth-century farm. The village buildings are gone now or used as private residences, but the area that was the hub of activity, now known as Sycamore Mills, has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Hikers or bicyclists can get on the paved multiuse trail and make their way to this site. The multiuse trail runs for 5 miles and essentially makes a loop around the center of the park.

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Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking
Nearby City: Newton Square
Distance: 4.3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2.5 to 3 hours
Season: Best in summer
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Ridley Creek State Park, 1023 Sycamore Mills Rd., Media 19063; (610) 892-3900; www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/ findapark/ridleycreek/
Local Maps: USGS Media, PA
Driving Directions: Directions to Ridley Creek State Park

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