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.
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.
Picnicking: Welcome! All picnic areas have picnic tables, restrooms and drinking water and are surrounded by mowed, grassy areas for sunbathing and relaxing.
Boardwalk Picnic Area: first-come, first-served
Boat House Picnic Area: first-come, first-served
Maze Picnic Area: first-come, first-served
Mill Dam Picnic Area: first-come, first-served
Upper Plantation Picnic Area: reservable
Reservable Picnic Groves
Call toll-free 888-PA-PARKS for information, pricing and reservations.
Hickory Nut Picnic Grove: reservable
Lower Plantation Picnic Grove: reservable
Boating: electric motors only
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
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.
Biking: 10.5 miles
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
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
Hay Barn Grass Trail: 4 miles, green blazes, more difficult hiking
Neshaminy Creek Trail: 2.5 miles, red blazes, more difficult hiking
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
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.
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
If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit.