Ridley Creek State Park

Wooden paneling and bay windows grace the ballroom at the mansion at Ridley Creek State Park, Pennsylvania.

Weddings and Special Events

The Hunting Hill Mansion and the surrounding formal gardens are popular for weddings. Complete information is available here.


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.

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Hiking   -  Biking   -  Horseback Riding   -  Picnicking   -  Fishing   -  Hunting   -  Formal Gardens   -  Cross-country Skiing   -  Sledding   -  Organized Group Tenting

Park visitors enjoy a variety of recreational opportunities year-round. Public use areas are open daily from sunrise to sunset. The restrooms in picnic areas #7 and #17 are open year-round.

Picnicking: There are hundreds of picnic tables in 14 picnic areas. Each area is equipped with 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.

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Surrounded by fall colored trees, an angler fishes in Ridley Creek, Pennsylvania.The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.Fishing: Ridley Creek is stocked with trout and provides excellent angling. 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. 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.

The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.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 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 website.

Hiking: 13 miles of trails
The trails pass through a variety of habitats throughout the central portion of the park.

Surrounded by fall colored trees, walkers enjoy the paved bike trail at Ridley Creek State Park, Pennsylvania.Biking/Jogging: 5 miles of trails
The 5-mile, paved Multi-use Trail along Sycamore Mills and Forge roads is designated for bicycles, joggers, walkers and cross-country skiers. Park in lots #7, #11, #15 and # 17.

Bikes are prohibited on unpaved hiking trails.

Horseback Riding: 4.7 miles of trails
A 4.7-mile trail begins in Picnic Area #8. A parking lot for trailers is at the trailhead. Hidden Valley Farms operates a stable within the park that provides horse boarding, riding lessons, pony rides, and an assortment of horse related services. 610-892-7260 www.hiddenvalleyhorsefarm.com

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. Contact the park office for information.

Stay the Night

The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.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.

Winter Activities

Explore the Winter Report for the current snow and ice depths.

Cross-country Skiing: Cross-country skiers may use the hiking and multi-use trails 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 no longer offers environmental education and interpretive programming due to significant reductions in the budget of the Bureau of State Parks.

Access for People with Disabilities

The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit.