Explore the most popular trail running 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.

hiking
24 days ago

Good hiking, some deep incline keeps the variety. But the trail markers are very poorly kept. Pretty hike, spots by the water are gorgeous. Plenty of areas for rest and to refill on water.

hiking
24 days ago

Very busy day on the trails.

hiking
1 month ago

Really nice walk. Couple of hills to go up and down (watch for roots). The map on this app DOES NOT match up with the actual white trail. With about a quarter left in the walk make sure to pull the app out and follow the red gps line (pretty much end up on the yellow trail).

walking
1 month ago

Great trail, very peaceful on this Easter Saturday. I wouldn’t really call it a loop more an in and out trail except for small loop at one end.

Closed!!! Drove all the way here just to find no access because of tree removal! Bummer!

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

hiking
3 months ago

"It's a trap, It's a trap lol " Be careful , lots of detours and cut trees making it easy to lose trail. Crosses often with white & yellow trails.
Overall great sights, streams and views.

hiking
5 months ago

1st snow of the season this morning.

hiking
5 months ago

Took my Jack Russell Piper out to hike there today. Lots of fun we had the place to ourselves, she wasn’t a big fan of meeting the horses but other than that we loved it. It’s got just enough inclines/declines to keep it interesting but manageable with my repaired knee. Will be taking all three dogs the next time!

hiking
6 months ago

The first half of the hike was great but after the half way point the All Trails map took us way off course which was disappointing. I recommend the blue trail over the white trail.

Not that well marked and gets a bit confusing with alternative trails that are available...

hiking
7 months ago

Very nice loop with good variety of flat and hills. Many roots and rocks on the trail so need to be mindful of your footing. We did the entire loop on a sunny Saturday afternoon in October. Parts near the roads are more heavily traveled, but it is still a peaceful trail.

hiking
7 months ago

Thought I might have my work cut out for me but I was pleasantly surprised that the blue trail wasn't as difficult as I thought it might be. Took a day off hike the whole thing there and back starting at the Picnic Area #9 trailhead. Really cool old farmhouse and barn ruins just off of the trail near picnic area 16. Gave myself 4 hours but was finished in under 2. The areas just as you leave Picnic area 9 are hilly but doable. Really not much of a challenge for me after that (I'm 59 and in reasonably good shape). The actual "loop" part at the south end is essentially flat. I hiked in wet leaves after a storm the day before and was fine in heavy hikers. Dry conditions would require only sneakers or light hikers. Older folks with balance issues like me should consider a hiking stick.

7 months ago

awesome trail! wish there were maps along the trail.

hiking
7 months ago

For my experience level (duffer) and fitness level (super chubby), I love Ridley State Park. A bunch of different trails and all clearly marked. Great hike.

hiking
8 months ago

I've hiked this trail in its entirety 3 times so far, and it definitely earns a moderate rating. I prefer the sections near the water (doesn't everyone) but it has its fair share of hilly forest and a bit of open field near the petroleum pipeline (oh, yay). It can be rather flat in sections but also has some rather challenging hills (one of which is practically all gravel and yes, I fell on my butt). Lots of tree roots jump out and try and to grab you. I'd recommend light hikers, a water bottle and hiking sticks for us older folks.

The trails can be very secluded. Brought my dog, we explored a quarter of it. was looking for the water fountain. deff found it. If u ask around ask for the dam. That's really what it is. U can find the dam (waterfall) on the creek. ask about the creek and u find it. The location of the waterfall is no where near the trails. For those chasing the falls lol.. other than that we enjoyed. the trails nothing complicated its very basic. Btw the waterfall is small so weather u wanna make that trip its on u. ppl are just good with taking photos. Like the one u will see of my dog lol...

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

hiking
8 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

pretty great hike, definitely a workout! not much of a scenic route but there are some horses and trails for them too.

hiking
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.

hiking
10 months ago

This was a great moderate hike. With such close proximity to the city, it doesn't get much better for a relaxing, quiet stroll through the woods. With a few ups and downs, we were under solid canopy most of the way. While there are a lot of trail intersections, we didn't have any problems keeping on the white trail—just keep your eyes peeled for the blazes on the trees.

Good for kids

Fine. Not many people on trail

hiking
10 months ago

Good little loop, I recommend a hybrid though... start at the parking lot near the main office, walk across the street + along the horse farm, then get on the White Trail via the paved road. On the White Trail cut over to the trail right alongside the creek until you run into the paved Sycamore Mills Rd. Walk along that to the Falls/Dam, then use Forge Rd -> Yellow Trail back to the parking lot. Lots of ducking and dodging if you're over 5' tall!

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