Explore the most popular birding trails in Ridley Creek State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

I hike and/or run this trail often. Great when you don’t have time for a long trek. The hill is challenging and the creek is beautiful.

Nice trail, however stay away right now because they are deforesting sections of the trail because of a problem with emerald ash trees. There were no signs to let me know so I was walking through deep mud tracks from large vehicles and in front way off trail trying to get around all the down trees in the way. It was a hassle and very unpleasant. I'm not sure when it will be completed (I hiked this on March 6, 2018).

I am on the fence about rating this trail a 5. Wish we could give half points. This amazing 2.25 mile trail takes you through everything you want. Its a loop, flats overlooking the babbling creek. One steep section with ~100 feet of elevation that plateaus to allow you to stretch out. A picnic table about a third of the way right where you want it. Only reason why not a five is because there isn’t a vista panoramic view to top it off. Sorry Hawk Mountain has set a high standard. Visited the trail in February and am going to return during every season. Was able to hike the trail in just over an hour with a group of 12 including young Cub Scouts.

I love this path along the creek. This trail is hilly so I recommend bringing water with you. This is one of my favorite hikes but be prepared for the steep hill.

Unimproved dirt road - not a really a trail at all. It’s pretty along the creek but otherwise unremarkable. Easy walking.

Great short hike - some water, only minor elevation / a few ducks - great way to spend a little time connecting to the earth.

This is our go-to trail when we need to get out of the City. We've hiked it countless times in all sorts of weather. It's a gem!

Probably my favorite trail at RCSP, not well traveled since the trailhead is accessible only via Gradyville Road. The lower part follows Ridley Creek and is very scenic. I hiked clockwise around the loop and finished in under 40 minutes, including taking photos. Upper portion is hilly but manageable. I wore heavy goretex hikers and hiked on wet leaves. Hiking poles for us balanced challenged folks are recommended.

Nice moderate trail which is peaceful and quite. Lower section goes by the river and upper part is up on the hill next to it.

Great day to hike the yellow trail in my favorite PA State Park.

Pretty quick loop missing many of the bigger hills in the park

This is a great loop through a lot of Ridley Creek State Park. There is one spot around where the blue and the white trails meet where the lines on the map didn't jive with reality, but it was easily remedied.

This has been a favorite park for 15 years. The main loop is an easy walk and good for running and biking. It can get a bit busy on weekends and parking isn't always easy.

My default trail in the area, and a good one for all seasons. By starting a little bit up Chapel Hill Red, entire loop can be calculated at 5.0 miles (4.3 for path + 0.35 to start + 0.35 to parking spot on Chapel Hill Rd). Sticking with the 'right' side of the break presents you with a steady incline for appx 3.0 mi. Fairly crowded on weekends, but still worth the walk

9 months ago

Good for a run.
A little swampy in the summer. Might be better to come back in fall or winter when the foliage is thinner.

Good for kids

Fine. Not many people on trail

trail running
11 months ago

Multi-Use Trail - Great place to run long runs with amazing views of the creek.

Gets better and better each year.

It was a nice, quiet hike. More hilly than I expected. A few of the climbs were steep enough to have me bent over to maintain balance, which was fun. Started on the yellow and got lost early on, ending on the white trail.

Bring bug spray! Yellow, white, and blue trails are all narrow dirt paths.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

RCSP Yellow goes from park office parking lot to pavilion #17. Yellow definitely has its hills but not as rigorous as other trails. The SE flat section is filled with tall pines, that are very relaxing. The part inside the multi-use trail is the most difficult for climbing, for this trail. The part near the mansion connects to a normally un-mapped (except for alltrails.com) small paved trail that forms an oval close to the mansion garden. Near the park office, where Yellow parallels the multi-use trail, this section is used as a toilet by joggers on the multi-use. I have seen countless puddles (not after rain) & wads of browned tissue thrown along this section. It is disgusting.

trail running
Sunday, May 07, 2017

MULTI-USE TRAIL - The most popular trail at Ridley Creek State Park is the Multi-Use Trail. It is a more or less circular paved road (most is Sycamore Mills Rd), covering 4.3 miles total. It is accessible by a gravel path from the lower mansion parking lot, but most easily accessed directly from the Barren Rd lot, where the dam is. It is called multi-use b/c it is for walkers, strollers, dogs, bikes, rollerblades, etc. (Lots of stroller-jogging.) This trail is closed to vehicle traffic (except residents & rangers). If this is your first trip, I recommend this trail. It allows scenic views, combined w/a taste of the creek, the woods, a cornfield, black walnut tree grove around mile 2, views of resident homes & ruins, & a steep hill climb (if you walk the circle clockwise). This will familiarize you with the park, & show you the access points to most of the colored woods trails, to choose one for a later visit. This trail can get busy on weekends especially in fair weather. Barren Rd parking gets horrible at times, but the mansion lot is bigger. One aggressive retired resident has assigned herself to police the Multi-Use Trail on foot (w/aggressive senior friends) & they will yell at you if you don't walk on the side they think you should walk on.

Great park for everyone!

Monday, April 03, 2017

Good challenging trail with hills, scenery and of course, Ridley Creek.

I think this is meant to be noted as 'Yellow Trail'.

Per my GPS and starting at the lot by the park office, the trail runs appx 4.0 miles and has an elevation gain of 545ft. I counted six (6) substantial climbs in total. You cross the paved activity loop four (4) times along the way, including a brief walk early before turning at the overpass and towards the first major hill.

Got lost on two occasions:

1) Yellow Trail combines with the blue trail briefly, but markings aren't great. When they combine, turn right!

2) parking area #17, trail doglegs to the right while passing behind restrooms. Look for picnic tables to right of restrooms to continue journey.

Trail ends at picnic area #16, however, this is where the white trail comes in handy. Follow white across driveway, will lead back to paved road right at driveway to park offices. Total of combined trails should be 5.0mi.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Nice mix of trails.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

nice trail

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

my husband is the best trail buddy ever

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Very easy. A little simple.

Friday, November 18, 2016

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.

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