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.
Park visitors enjoy a variety of recreational opportunities throughout the year. 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.
Make a reservation.
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. A wheelchair 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.
Hiking: 12 miles of trails
Biking/Jogging: 5 miles of trails
Bikes are not permitted on unpaved hiking trails.
Horseback Riding: 4.7 miles of trails
Hidden Valley Farms operates a stable within the park that provides trail rides, 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. Call the park office for information.
Organized Group Tenting: Qualified organized groups can camp in the primitive group tenting area from April to October. The area has a restroom with flush toilets and can accommodate up to 120 individuals. Shower facilities are not available. Reservations are required.
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 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
If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit.