Ridley Creek State Park
Ridley Creek State Park encompasses over 2,606 acres of Delaware County woodlands and meadows. The gently rolling terrain of the park, bisected by Ridley Creek, is only 16 miles from center city Philadelphia and is an oasis of open space in a growing urban area.
Seasons and Hours: The park is open every day of the year, sunrise to sunset, including the restrooms in picnic area #7 and #17. Day use areas close at dusk. The park office is open specific hours. Contact the park office for facility seasons and hours.
Picnicking: There are hundreds of picnic tables in 14 picnic areas. Each area is equipped with modern restrooms and charcoal grills. Several of the areas have large fields suited to sports activities. Areas #3, #8, #11, and #17 have playground equipment and picnic pavilions. The pavilions can be reserved up to 11 months in advance for a fee. Unreserved picnic pavilions are free on a first-come, first-served basis.
Fishing: Ridley Creek is stocked with trout and provides excellent angling opportunities. The portion of the creek from Sycamore Mills Dam to the mouth of Dismal Run is a catch and release, fly fishing only area. An ADA accessible fishing platform is on the paved, Multi-Use Trail along Sycamore Mills Road Trail. Vehicle permits must be acquired at the park office.
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: About 1,200 acres are open to archery hunting for deer during established seasons.
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 vehicle or enclosed trailer. 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 website.
Hiking: 13 miles of trails
Biking/Jogging: 5 miles of trails
Bikes are prohibited on unpaved hiking trails.
Horseback Riding: 4.7 miles of trails
Formal Gardens and Landscaping: The gardens by the park office are a popular attraction and wedding site. The mansion ballroom is available for weddings and events.
Organized Group Tenting: Qualified organized groups can use the 120-person area from April to October. A restroom with flush toilets, but no showers, is available. Call toll-free 888-PA-PARKS (888-727-2757) for required reservations.
Explore organized group tenting for more information.
Explore the Winter Report for the current snow and ice depths.
Cross-country Skiing: Cross-country skiers may use hiking trails and Multi-Use Trail when snow cover permits.
Sledding: A large grassy slope by the park office is popular for sledding.
Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation
The Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation provides visitors with an accurate picture of life on a Delaware County farm prior to the American Revolution.
The Plantation has been a working farm for over 300 years. It is restored to a late 18th century appearance complete with animals typical of the period and authentically clothed historical interpreters. On weekends from April to November, visitors can observe the farm family cooking over the open hearth, preserving foods, processing textiles, tending field crops, and performing other chores necessary to survival in the 18th century world.
A fee is charged and group tours are available by reservation. The plantation is closed to public visitation during the winter months. www.colonialplantation.org
Environmental Education and Interpretation
Ridley Creek State Park offers a wide variety of interpretive and environmental education programs. Programs are offered April to November. Through hands-on activities, guided nature walks, historical tours, and volunteer trail maintenance programs, participants gain appreciation, understanding, and develop a sense of stewardship toward natural and cultural resources. Special events, guided nature walks, and roving naturalist activities offer fun ways to explore and learn about the park.
Curriculum-based environmental education programs are available to schools, scouts, and other youth groups and with advance partnership can often be custom developed or tailored to meet specific program needs. Teacher/educator orientations and workshops are also available. Group programs must be arranged and scheduled in advance by calling the park education office at 610-892-3908.
Explore the Calendar of Events for a listing of upcoming events.
Explore environmental education and interpretation for more information.
Access for People with Disabilities
If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit.