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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


nature trips

road biking


bird watching



partially paved



wild flowers


1 month ago

Good loop, takes you all through the preserve. Good for experienced walkers and a moderate challenge for beginners.

road biking
2 months ago

A very nice paved loop with great scenery. I biked this, and it was a bit busy so you definitely have to be aware (speed limit is posted as 15 mph, I was able to go that speed down most hills). The direction I went was mostly flat/downhill until the very end when I reached a pretty massive hill. A really awesome place for any outdoor lover. It's conveniently accessible and welcoming- there were people of all kinds. Great!

Solid paved walking trail. one big hill that can be rough. elsewise there is a lovely stretch along the water

7 months ago

It was a nice walk. My friend and I parked at Picnic area #14. We walked to Forge Road and then we right to a smaller trail. We walked to Sycamore Road. Then we went to the meadow. It was a cold day and muddy in some spots. It was a Sunday and it was pretty busy. We walked up through the meadow which was muddy. We got to the top. We went to the parking lot and back to the car. Nice 2.7 mile hike. Pretty easy walk.

8 months ago

Great little loop, there’s a decent hill in the loop, but a nicer Downhill after it. Just be mindful of other people on the trail

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

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

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Beautiful walk for all levels. Paved road all around.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

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

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.

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

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Good for kids

Monday, June 19, 2017

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

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.

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.

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.

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Easy hiking with a variety of good views.

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