A Little Time and a Keyboard: Trekking Through the Dense Forest, Exploring Ravines and Crossing Creeks at Ridley Creek State Park in Pennsylvania

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Trekking Through the Dense Forest, Exploring Ravines and Crossing Creeks at Ridley Creek State Park in Pennsylvania

 

Trekking Through the Dense Forest, Exploring Ravines and Crossing Creeks at Ridley Creek State Park in Pennsylvania

Ridley Creek State Park in Newton Square, Pennsylvania Invites Hikers to a Nature Wonderland

Ridley Creek State Park in Pennsylvania encompasses 2,606 acres of meadows and woodlands with 13 miles of trails. The preserve is located close to Philadelphia and Valley Forge, making it a wonderful natural add-on to many area vacations. When researching hiking locations for our trip, Ridley Creek State Park came highly recommended and it certainly lived up to expectations!

Dense forest creating a nature frame at Ridley Creek State Park. Heaven!
Dense forest creating a nature frame. Heaven!

Wandering the Yellow Trail and White Trail at Ridley Creek State Park

For the bulk of our hike, we did hike the yellow trail and spindled off onto the white trail. The dense forest provided us with much appreciated shade on a pretty hot day. Overall, we found the natural paths quiet with few hikers during our Wednesday adventure. The head of the trail was particularly dense so we initially thought we would be walking through tall grasses. However, we soon found a clearer trail.

Old greenhouse emerging from the forest.
Old greenhouse emerging from the forest.


Ridley Creek State Park holds historic sites including stone farm ruins and Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation which is an 18th century farm. We located a pretty intriguing old greenhouse that was once used by a local technical college for research.


Gentle Creek running through Ridley Creek State Park.
Gentle Creek running through Ridley Creek State Park.

Trails at Ridley Creek rambled over terrain that was rocky in spots. At some points we gained elevation walking along a ridge. Ridley Creek and other brooks threaded throughout. We explored a mix of easy to navigate paths and some with a little more challenge to them.

Mica flakes adding a glisten to the forest floor at Ridley Creek State Park in Pennsylvania.
Mica flakes adding a glisten to the forest floor at Ridley Creek State Park in Pennsylvania.

Shimmering from the forest floor, we spotted flakes of mica.  One of the more predominant rocks forming the Ridley Creek landscape is mica schist. As you hike, you may find rocks with the shine of mica or these glistening flakes on the forest floor.

A dirt path perforated with tree roots beckoned us through the forest at Ridley Creek State Park.
A dirt path perforated with tree roots beckoned us through the forest.

The jubilant green forest, varied trails of sand, muddy dirt, craggy rocks, roots and pine needles, the softly ambling creeks and the joyfully busy wildlife welcomed us to an uplifting hiking experience at Ridley Creek State Park. We relished the time wrapped in nature away from the busy routine.

Other Activities at Ridley Creek State Park

  • Horseback Riding
  • Picnicking
  • Playgrounds
  • Fishing
  • Biking
  • Skiing
  • Sledding

Trekking Through the Dense Forest, Exploring Ravines and Crossing Creeks at Ridley Creek State Park in Pennsylvania



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