Ridley Creek State Park Yellow Trail

MODERATE 80 reviews
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Ridley Creek State Park Yellow Trail is a 5.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Newton Square, Pennsylvania that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.1 miles
662 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


over grown

1 month ago

Great solstice Hike!

2 months ago

sometimes hard to follow; lots of elevation changes

11 months ago

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

Sunday, August 06, 2017

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.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Fine. Not many people on trail

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Gets better and better each year.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Great park for everyone!

Monday, April 03, 2017

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

Monday, March 06, 2017

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.

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.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016


Thursday, March 24, 2016

David R. has an excellent and thorough review. I can't think of anything else to add. I only wish I read it before I hiked, instead of after.

Monday, November 23, 2015

The Yellow Trail is actually more like 5 miles, not 0.9 as the description says. And although there are several nice streams along the trail, there are no waterfalls.

But the Yellow Trail is an enjoyable trail. It's similar to the White and Blue trails in terms of terrain---in fact, it crosses and intersects and Blue and White trails several times. Overall, it isn't a very strenuous hike. There's a few hills that are somewhat steep, but the climb/descent don't last too long. Like all the Ridley Creek State Park trails, this trail is wooded and all-dirt (except when it intersects with the multi-use trail) and it is well maintained.

There are a few scenic spots such as the mansion at the trailhead, an old farmhouse on a hillside, an old stone bridge, some interesting older looking houses, some boulders, and numerous small, gently flowing streams.

Overall, a nice walk in the woods. There's nothing amazing about the trail, but it's a good distance with enough change in elevation for a decent workout. It's nice if you're not too far away and just looking to get outside for a couple hours.

One strange thing is that the Yellow Trail abruptly ends in the middle of the park after about 5 miles. From there, you kind of need to figure out your own route to get back to the trail head. Catching the White Trail from there gets you in the right direction.

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