Ridley Creek Park Loop Trail

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Ridley Creek Park Loop Trail is a 4.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Newtown Square, Pennsylvania that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
298 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

road biking

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
4 months ago

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.

walking
5 months ago

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

6 months ago

Good for kids

trail running
7 months ago

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

trail running
8 months ago

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.

11 months ago

nice trail

11 months ago

my husband is the best trail buddy ever

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Very easy. A little simple.

walking
Saturday, March 26, 2016

The Multi-use Trail is accessible from several parking lots within the Ridley Creek State Park. There is access to bathrooms along the way. The trail is paved and is well maintained. It’s used by walkers, joggers, road bikes and dog walkers. Some sections of the trail are open to motor vehicle traffic. The trail is mostly wooded. There are a few scenic spots worth checking out, like the mansion at the park office, and the Ridley Creek. Generally, it’s a nice walk. It's a good distance (~5 miles from the lot near the Mansion) with enough change in elevation for a good workout.

hiking
Sunday, April 05, 2015

Easy hiking with a variety of good views.

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