Evansburg State Park
Evansburg State Park is in southcentral Montgomery County between Norristown and Collegeville. Evansburg offers a significant area of green space and relative solitude in an urbanized area. Its main natural feature, the Skippack Creek, has dissected the land into ridges and valleys that create feelings of enclosures and provide scenic views.
The narrow valley was first settled and farmed by Mennonites who also powered their industries with the water of the Skippack. Even now, mill remnants, mill buildings and houses from the eighteenth and nineteenth century dot the park landscape and serve as reminders of early American life.
Today, the park is a quiltwork of cropland, meadows, old fields and mature woodlands that attracts day use visitors from the Montgomery County and Philadelphia areas. People come to the open play fields, picnic areas, trails, golf course and the relatively tranquil, natural environs.
Park visitors may enjoy a variety of recreational opportunities throughout the year. Public use areas are open daily from sunrise to sunset. Park only in designated areas.
Picnicking: Over 150 picnic tables, many charcoal grills and modern restrooms are located throughout the park. The main picnic area is on May Hall Road. An additional picnic area is on Lewis Road in the southern portion of the park. Visitors can enjoy a quiet setting along the Skippack Creek, or engage in non-organized family games such as badminton, horseshoes and Frisbee.
Picnic Pavilion: It holds 60 people and may be reserved up to 11 months in advance for a fee. If not reserved, the picnic pavilion is free on a first-come, first-served basis.
Ballfields: Four regulation softball fields are available on Skippack Creek Road.
Fishing: Skippack Creek has spring trout fishing and warm water fishing throughout the year. The creek is stocked with brown and rainbow trout from preseason to Memorial Day. Warm-water fish are smallmouth bass, catfish, sucker, carp, panfish and eel. An accessible fishing dock is in the picnic area on Lewis Road.
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission laws apply. Complete information on fishing rules and regulations in Pennsylvania is available from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Web site.
Hunting and Firearms: Over 1,000 acres are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are deer, pheasant, rabbit and squirrel.
Evansburg lies within a special regulation area for deer hunting. For information on the rules and regulations that apply to this area, refer to the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Digest of Hunting and Trapping Regulations.
Be alert for the 150-yard safety zone surrounding each of the many occupied buildings and for other signs posting areas closed to hunting.
Hunting woodchucks, also known as groundhogs, is prohibited. Dog training is only permitted from the day following Labor Day through March 31 in designated hunting areas. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Pennsylvania Game Commission rules and regulations apply. Contact the park office for ADA accessible hunting information.
Use extreme caution with firearms at all times. Other visitors use the park during hunting seasons. Firearms and archery equipment used for hunting may be uncased and ready for use only in authorized hunting areas during hunting seasons. In areas not open to hunting or during non-hunting seasons, firearms and archery equipment shall be kept in the owner's car, trailer or leased campsite. Exceptions include: law enforcement officers and individuals with a valid Pennsylvania License to Carry Firearms are authorized to carry a firearm concealed on their person while they are within a state park.
Complete information on hunting rules and regulations in Pennsylvania is available from the Pennsylvania Game Commission Web site.
Hiking: 6 miles of trails
Biking: 5 miles of trails
Horseback Riding: 15 miles of trails
Golf: The picturesque, eighteen-hole, par 71, Skippack Golf Course includes a clubhouse and is open to the public. 610-584-4226 www.skippackgolfclub.com/
Organized Group Tenting: A clearing in the forested Pines Picnic Area, the group tenting area is open from April to mid-October. Up to five people may occupy each of the 18 sites. There are flush toilets, but no showers, and picnic tables and fire rings. Qualified adult and youth groups may use this area. Reservations are required. Call toll-free 888-PA-PARKS for reservations.
Explore organized group tenting for more information.
Explore the Winter Report for the current snow and ice depths.
Cross-country Skiing: Most of the trails are open to cross-country skiing.
Environmental Education and Interpretation
Environmental education and interpretive programs explore a wide variety of ecological and environmental topics. Through activity-oriented programs utilizing the park’s resources, participants gain a better understanding of our fragile natural ecosystems.
School group programming for all grade levels and teacher workshops are available. Scout, church, civic and private groups can also arrange for special programs. Advanced scheduling for group programming is required.
All programs are available March through November. For more information, contact the environmental education specialist at 610-409-1150.
Explore the Calendar of Events for a listing of events from today forward.
Explore environmental education and interpretation for more information.
Friedt Visitor Center: This farmhouse was built in the early 1700s. This historic building interprets the lifestyles of the German Mennonite families who owned the home for 190 years. Outside, the root cellar, well, and herb and sensory gardens add to the eighteenth century atmosphere.
An exhibit room in the house is devoted to the natural history of the area, and the house also provides an area for visitors to watch songbirds and other animals.
Access for People with Disabilities
Accessible picnic tables, parking spaces, and sanitary facilities have been designated in the main day use area at May Hall Road.
If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit.