Ridley Creek State
Delaware County, PA.
Located between routes 252 and 352
Pennsylvania, I have not forgotten about you.
Top Places to See in the Philadelphia Area Before You Die.
Ridley Creek State Park is absolutely beautiful. It’s thick undisturbed forests, just outside of the city are to die for.
It consists of over 2,606 acres which makes it a very large park!
This property was acquired in the 1960s by the state of Pennsylvania from Mr. And Mrs. William Jeffords, Sr. They were horse breeders in the area.
Among the fantastic activities; there are hiking and horseback riding trails, a garden, fishing, streams and tons of places to explore.
There is a horse stable here that offers horses for your riding and exploring pleasure through the vast array of wooded pathways.
The hiking is awesome and is it’s main attraction. For those looking for something a bit easier, there’s a 5 mile multi-use trail worth ferreting out.
They even have a gorgeous mansion you can rent out for weddings and special events on the park grounds.
I wanted to have my wedding here, but the date was unavailable. 😦
My favorite thing to do here:
I like to bring a picnic lunch and drive to where the mansion is located. It’s a great little drive. It caters to nice winding roads among the surrounding lush forest canopy. The mansion’s whereabouts are in the center of Ridley Creek State Park.
You are also welcome to bring your dog.:)
To the right of the mansion is a huge grassy hill, and a clearing from the woods.
Climb to the top of this hill for an amazing view where you can see the sights below.
It will give you a full view of the mansion, gardens, and meadow. The woods are on each side of you.
This section is where I have mostly enjoyed over the last decade.
Also, near the mansion there is a sort of a French courtyard garden. It was built of native stone (keystone) and is very rustic. Explore! It’s a really neat feature on the side of the grounds. With eye-catching perennials and natural stone as you walk through.
When I lived in Pennsylvania, this was my favorite park to explore and go to. It’s extremely peaceful and an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and the surrounding congested suburbs.
It’s only 18 miles from Philadelphia.
It’s truly a local gem of Delaware County.