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.

One of the better trails for a short hike or dog walk in Delco. A short circle. It starts with a short hill climb followed by a stroll along the creek (my preferred way to walk it). There are a few views down the creek bed from up on the hill.

We took a combination of the yellow trail and the white trail for extra mileage, a good mix of ups and downs, and additional opportunities for stream crossings/water walking. Most of the trail was through the woods and was well marked and lightly traveled. We encountered a fair amount of mud, but since the expedition we’re training for will include a lot of mud and water, this was perfect for us! Will definitely do this hike again.

Title should be Yellow trail start point! Very nice trail and state park... a must do! Bring binoculars and bug spray!

Was there on Columbus Day 2018 and saw a red fox, boxer turtle, tail of a snake that was too fast to get a good look at... trail is really nice with bathrooms and visitors center... will definitely make this high on my hiking trail list!!! Don’t forget to bring binoculars as there were many birds to look at!

Went there on Columbus Day 2018... lots of cars there but saw NOBODY on the trail... very nice bonus! This place is beautiful with nice bathrooms and picking tables at visitors center... also maps are available at visitors center.... be sure to read all the rules and regulations as I did see the police patrolling the area which was nice!

2 months ago

Beautiful! Enjoyed this trail and will definitely go back. The hill was a challenge but made it up :)

Beautiful walk for all levels. Paved road all around.

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3 months ago

The highlight of this trail for sure is the small abandoned cemetery. I can’t wait to go back in the fall or winter when it’s not so overgrown so I can really take a good look. Take bug spray if you go this time of year! And also, a park ranger was driving down the trail in a van so I was super happy to have obeyed the rules and keep my dog on a leash.

3 months ago

Beautiful place well kept up with can't wait to go again

Great trail. Short but easy to do the loop twice. Dog friendly

I run on this trail pretty often. One of my favorites routes to take when starting a run from Ridley Creek State Park. Beautiful long stretch along the creek with a view of the golf course on the other side.

We enjoyed this hike through the woods and along the creek. My Golden Retriever loves it!

This is an excellent family trail. Lots of spots to splash in the water. It is an easy hike for families.

Great solstice Hike!

sometimes hard to follow; lots of elevation changes

Great short hike, not boring. Along water. Big boulders to climb in the creek

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!

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

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.

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

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.

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Monday, September 11, 2017

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

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Monday, September 04, 2017

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

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

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.

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Friday, August 25, 2017

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.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

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

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