Tyler State Park


Located 33 miles from Center City Philadelphia, Tyler State Park consists of 1,711 acres in Bucks County. Park roads, trails, and facilities are carefully nestled within the original farm and woodland setting. Neshaminy Creek meanders through the park, dividing the land into several interesting sections.

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Hiking  -  Biking  -  Horseback Riding  -  Picnicking  -  Picnic Groves  -  Fishing  - Boating  -  Disc Golf  -  Education   -  Theater  -  Center for the Arts  -  Education  -  Cross-country Skiing  -  Sledding  -  Ice Fishing  -  Ice Skating

Seasons and Hours: The park is open every day of the year, sunrise to sunset. Day use areas close at dusk. The park office is open specific hours. Contact the park office for facility seasons and hours.

A picnic pavilion is by a field at Tyler State Park, Pennsylvania. Photo courtesy of Katie Snyder Photography.Picnicking: Welcome! All picnic areas have picnic tables, restrooms and drinking water and are surrounded by mowed, grassy areas for sunbathing and relaxing.
Please remember:

  • Picnic areas are open from sunrise to sunset, on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Park only in designated areas.
  • Because uncontrolled pets may chase wildlife or frighten visitors, pets must be physically controlled and attended at all times and on a leash, caged, or crated. Electronic fences and leashes are prohibited.
  • Please clean-up dog waste.

Boardwalk Picnic Area: first-come, first-served
This area has easy access to a variety of hiking trails that connect the picnic areas and is especially popular with families with young children.

  • Children’s playground
  • Adjacent to soccer field
  • Abundant parking

The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.Boat House Picnic Area: first-come, first-served
This centrally located area is the best place to access the west side of the park and all of its biking and equestrian trails.

  • Picnic pavilion and two shelters
  • Play field
  • Adjacent to boat rental (open summer season)
  • Hooded fire ring warming area

The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.Maze Picnic Area: first-come, first-served
This area has easy access to a variety of hiking trails that connect the picnic areas.A playground is shaded by trees at Tyler State Park. Photo courtesy of Katie Snyder Photography.

  • Large play field

Mill Dam Picnic Area: first-come, first-served
This area is adjacent to a beautiful, shaded trail which overlooks Neshaminy Creek.

  • Grass fields

Upper Plantation Picnic Area: reservable

  • Starting point for disc golf
  • Pavilion
  • Shaded picnic area

Reservable Picnic Groves


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The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.Hickory Nut Picnic Grove: reservable
This is a great area for large family events and picnics.

  • Sand volleyball court
  • Children’s play area
  • Hiking and biking trails

Lower Plantation Picnic Grove: reservable
This easy to find area is often used by people who stop in for a quick relaxing lunch and is ideal for smaller groups.

  • Ball field
  • Hiking and biking trails

Boating: electric motors only
Neshaminy Creek offers calm, easy boating upstream from the boat rental. The boat rental operates daily from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, weather permitting.

Motorboats must display a current boat registration. Non-powered boats launched in the park must display one of the following: boat registration; launching permit or mooring permit from Pennsylvania State Parks, available at most state park offices; launching permit from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission laws apply. Complete information on boating rules and regulations in Pennsylvania is available from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Web site.


Canoe Rental: The Canoe Rental is open daily from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day, weather permitting. Hours of operation are 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The last canoe goes out at 5:00 PM. A deposit and driver's license is required. Special rates apply for groups of 4 or more. There are also half day and full day rates. www.tylerstateparkboats.com


Fishing: Neshaminy Creek is stocked with trout and provides excellent fishing opportunities. Anglers may fish along the banks of Neshaminy Creek or from a canoe or kayak. Warmwater species include sunfish, black crappie, carp, smallmouth bass, and other panfish.

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.

Go to the U. S. Geological Survey Web site for the water level of Neshaminy Creek Near Rushland. http://waterdata.usgs.gov/pa/nwis/uv/?site_no=01464750&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060,00010


Trails

25 miles

Park trails lead visitors through areas rich in historic and scenic interest. The trails provide excellent views of the park and surrounding countryside. You can take a short walk or a long hike covering many miles. Several parking lots near the outer perimeter of the park allow access to remote areas and trails.

A large portion of the park is interconnected by paved hiking trails. Bicycle usage is permitted only on designated paved trails. Many trails permit multiple users, so please remember to share the trail. If you’re riding a bicycle, slow down and use caution on hills and around curves. Please stay alert for horseback riders when hiking on the equestrian trails.

Gravel hiking trails east of Neshaminy Creek connect the picnic areas. Access to trails on the western side of the park is available via the causeway across Neshaminy Creek. Here you will find most of the park’s bicycle and equestrian trails. Mountain bikes are prohibited on non-paved trails. If you ever find yourself lost or disoriented, locate a paved trail and follow the signs to the boathouse.


A hiker exits a covered bridge at Tyler State Park, Pennsylvania. Photo courtesy of Katie Synder Photography.Hiking Only:
Nature Trail: 1 mile, white blazes, more difficult hiking
This hiking only trail traverses Porter Run Creek and offers excellent views of geological features such as rock outcrops and large boulders. Discover large mature oak trees, old growth tulip poplar, and native mountain laurel. The trail starts and finishes at the western side of the causeway near the boathouse.


Biking: 10.5 miles
If you’re riding a bicycle, remember nearly all of the trails on the west side of the creek are hilly. Slow down and use caution on hills and around curves. Bicycle use is permitted only on designated, paved surfaces.

Trails are named at each intersection. Most of the bicycle trails are over eight feet wide, paved, and designed for easy, two-way travel. Paved trails are multiple-use trails. Be a courteous and safe bicycle rider.

Picnic tables are along the bicycle trails for rest stops.


Horseback Riding: 10.5 miles of bridle trails
Riders enjoy many miles of non-paved trails on both sides of Neshaminy Creek. Please stay on established, blazed trails. Horseback riding is not permitted in the picnic areas.

Parking for horse trailers is near Number One Lane Trail in the large parking lot across from the arts center, in the Fisherman’s lot on PA 332 across from Spring Garden Mill, and at the Schofield Ford Covered Bridge parking lot off of Swamp Road. Hitching posts and a mounting platform are provided at the covered bridge access area.

Cooper Trail: 3 miles, blue blazes, easiest hiking
Access this trail from the equine parking lot near the Tyler Park Center for the arts. This trail takes you through stands of mature oak and tulip poplar trees


Hay Barn Grass Trail: 4 miles, green blazes, more difficult hiking
The trail starts and finishes at the Schofield Ford Covered Bridge access area. It takes you through rolling agricultural fields, native warm-season grass fields, and past the original farmhouse and barns


Neshaminy Creek Trail: 2.5 miles, red blazes, more difficult hiking
The trail follows along the creek, beginning at the Fisherman’s Lot and offers excellent views before ending at the Schofield Ford Covered Bridge


Disc Golfing: One of the top ranked courses in the country, this 36-hole course begins at the Upper Plantation Picnic Area. Much like regular golf, but using a “Frisbee” or disc, the object is to complete each hole in as few strokes as possible. Course maps with rules and scorecards are available at the park office and at the Upper Plantation Picnic Area parking lot. The Bucks County Disc Golf Alliance offers tournaments, clinics, and leagues. www.bcdga.com


Winter Activities


Explore the Winter Report for the current snow and ice depths. Please be safe on the ice.


Cross-country Skiing: Cross-country skiers may use the edge of fields and non-paved hiking trails when snow cover permits.


Sledding: Slopes below the Upper Plantation Picnic Area parking lot and west of the covered bridge are great for sledding and tobogganing when conditions permit.


Ice Fishing: Neshaminy Creek sometimes freezes and ice fishing is permitted on the creek outside of the ice skating area. Ice thickness is not monitored.


Ice Skating: Neshaminy Creek sometimes freezes and ice-skating is permitted near the boathouse warming area. Ice thickness is not monitored.


Theater


Home to the Langhorne Players, Inc., the Spring Garden Mill was once a grain and feed mill. The Langhorne Players are a volunteer community theater company that has converted the mill into a small theater for the production of unusual, thought-provoking plays and cultural events. www.langhorneplayers.org


Tyler Park Center for the Arts


The Tyler Park Center for the Arts occupies a building that was once an equestrian and hay barn. The arts center converted the barn and surrounding buildings into artist dwellings, workshops, and studios. They offer classes and workshops. The annual Crafts in the Meadow Fall Invitational Craft Show helps support the arts center. www.tylerparkarts.org


Environmental Education and Interpretation


The park offers a wide variety of environmental education, recreation, and interpretive programs. Through hands-on activities, guided walks, history hikes, and workshops, participants gain appreciation, understanding and develop a sense of stewardship toward natural, historical, and cultural resources.

Curriculum-based environmental education programs are available for schools and youth groups. Teacher workshops are also available. Group programs must be arranged in advance and may be scheduled by calling the park office.

Programs are available from September through May. For more information, contact the park office.

Explore the Calendar of Events for a listing of upcoming events.

Explore environmental education and interpretation for more information.


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.