Ridley Creek State Park Area Trails is a 5.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Newton Square, PA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
If you want a good, thorough review, see David R's. It says it all. I hike here a lot, but mostly because it is close to home and easy to get to. I have probably been on every inch of every trail here, and it's neither too difficult, or too easy ( if you work it right). A big plus on hot summer days is the Creek. Nothing is better than sitting on a rock dangling your feet into the nice cool water after (or during) a long, sweaty hike! It can be quite crowded, especially on weekends, but once you get off the trails near the multi use path, you are not likely to see as many hikers.
David R. has an excellent and thorough review. I can't think of anything else to add. I only wish I read it before I hiked, instead of after.
The Yellow Trail is actually more like 5 miles, not 0.9 as the description says. And although there are several nice streams along the trail, there are no waterfalls.
But the Yellow Trail is an enjoyable trail. It's similar to the White and Blue trails in terms of terrain---in fact, it crosses and intersects and Blue and White trails several times. Overall, it isn't a very strenuous hike. There's a few hills that are somewhat steep, but the climb/descent don't last too long. Like all the Ridley Creek State Park trails, this trail is wooded and all-dirt (except when it intersects with the multi-use trail) and it is well maintained.
There are a few scenic spots such as the mansion at the trailhead, an old farmhouse on a hillside, an old stone bridge, some interesting older looking houses, some boulders, and numerous small, gently flowing streams.
Overall, a nice walk in the woods. There's nothing amazing about the trail, but it's a good distance with enough change in elevation for a decent workout. It's nice if you're not too far away and just looking to get outside for a couple hours.
One strange thing is that the Yellow Trail abruptly ends in the middle of the park after about 5 miles. From there, you kind of need to figure out your own route to get back to the trail head. Catching the White Trail from there gets you in the right direction.