Bull’s Island~ Ain’t No Bull On This Island

Bull’s Island Recreation Area

2185 Daniel Bray Highway
(Route 29)
Stockton, NJ. 08559
(609) 397-2949

There ain’t no bull on this island. She’s a drop-dead knockout. Bull’s Island sits within the gorgeous 70-mile Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park.

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Bull’s Island beach, NJ

The island sits on 80 acres of immaculate land in the middle of the Delaware River. A bridge connects you to the park via the New Jersey side and you can also get here from the Pennsylvania side. There is a pedestrian walkway that connects you via Lumberville (in beautiful Bucks County) near the pristine Black Bass Hotel.

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Bull’s Island pedestrian bridge connecting New Jersey and “no bull” Bucks County, PA

There’s no bull about this structure.

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Bulls Island pedestrian bridge

This forested natural area supports a floodplain plant community with mixed oak trees among the landscape. Bull’s Island also boasts itself as one of the best spots to observe the spring migration of pretty birdies in all of NJ.

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Gorgeous forest canopy with underlying ferns in the park

Such offerings are prothonotary warblers and cerulean warblers. Yes, I am trying to use BIG words. Making this a true bird enthusiast site.

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Pedestrian bridge up close

The Bull’s island grounds are captivating. There are public facilities, boat launches, campgrounds, grills and semi-private beaches along the serene Delaware River.

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Go ahead she’s safe

The pedestrian bridge is impressive. If looking for a classy spot to grab lunch or dinner, the Black Bass Hotel is the way to go. It offers a wide selection of dining options overlooking the Delaware River. The town of Lumberville, in which the hotel resides, is one class act in itself worth exploring.

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The stunner. Black Bass Hotel, Lumberville, PA

For the fishing nuts out there, bass in this area are huge! Bring your boat and get your fishy fishy on. Let’s go. The water is 80 degrees….aaaaaaahhhh…. Refreshing.

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View from the bridge

This is a wonderful place to go and visit. Bring the family. Make it an entire day. Go to Lambertville or New Hope for lunch in the general vicinity. This area is all worth exploring, trust me!

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Isn’t she a gem?

Bull’s Island is a natural beauty. I’m quite bummed I’m posting this island out to the world. I wanted to be the only “island woman” here. Now, I spoiled it for future generations 😦

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The quaint town of Lumberville, PA

However, my dear readers…I know you will treat it as special as I have.

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I love you, Bull’s Island. I mean hubby

Toodle-Loo…Yummygal is leaving for another adventure!

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The Delaware River. See how clear she is?

Ridley Creek State Park, Delaware County, Pennsylvania

Ridley Creek State

Delaware County, PA.
Located between routes 252 and 352
Edgmont, PA.

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!

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Ridley Creek State Park Mansion

 

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. 😦

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irises blooming in the garden

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.

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another shot of the mansion

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.

Our #1 infamous saying, “Down the Shore.”

Our #1 infamous saying, “Down the Shore.”

 

A New Jersey Educational Moment:

This is probably the most used phrase during the summer in our Delaware Valley area, “Down the shore.” If you aren’t from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, or Delaware. It may seem a bit confusing to outsiders.

This is our culture and our slang and I will attempt at explaining our way.

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The Jersey Shore, the Atlantic Ocean, In Sea Isle, NJ

When we say we are going, “Down the shore.” We are just traveling to the beach. Most likely a beach town in New Jersey for the day, week, month, it doesn’t matter.

An example talking on the phone:

1st caller- “Hey what are you doing this weekend?”

2nd caller -“Oh, this weekend? Well, I’m going down the shore.”

We never say we are going to the beach. IT HAS GOT TO BE, “Down the shore” at all times. Now, to confuse you even further, if you are already “Down the shore.” You are then permitted to say at your house, rental, or hotel that you are “Going to the beach” and that is only if you are presently staying in that beach town or close proximity to a beach town.

An example:

“Now that we’re down the shore. Let’s go to the beach.”

We say it as if we are drinking a glass of water. It’s second nature.

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My little monkey down the shore and slightly sunburnt 😦

In fact, our local weatherman, Adam Joseph, got a lot of flack about this a few weeks back on his Facebook page. He had to explain to the folks in the area that he cannot say “Down the Shore” on TV because it isn’t grammatically correct and not permitted with his contract.

When promoting New Jersey in advertising for tourism purposes they will never say Jersey beaches. It will always be the Jersey Shore. If any of my Jersey counterparts have ever noticed.

Honestly, if someone said, “I’m going to the beach” around here they would probably look at you odd and think you are literally from another planet and say….”You mean down the shore?” Hahaha

It’s just our thing.