11 Jan Discover Ridley Creek State Park
When you’re looking for outdoor things to do near West Chester, Ridley Creek State Park is one of the top options. Although it’s located only 10 miles away from Media, PA, and 25 miles from Philadelphia, this 2,606-acre park feels like a different world. With hiking, camping, and fishing, it’s the perfect wilderness escape.
Things to Do in Ridley Creek State Park
Tucked into a picturesque forest, Ridley Creek State Park is an adventurers’ paradise. Lace-up your hiking boots, and explore the park’s 13-mile trail network. The 5-mile, paved, multi-use trail is also open for biking. In the winter, cross-country skiers keep the park alive. Drop by the Hidden Valley Farms stable for a pony ride, or bring your horse for a ride along the 4.7-mile equestrian trail.
If you like spending time alone, pack your tackle box and fish for trout in Ridley Creek. Afterward, stop by one of the 14 different picnic areas to grill your catch. Three different playgrounds keep little ones busy for hours. When the snow falls, locals flock to the park for sledding.
Step back in time at the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation, which is open from April to November. Watch historical re-enactors working the farm and find out what life was like before the Revolutionary War.
How To Get to Ridley Creek State Park
From West Chester, head east on PA-3. After 7 miles, turn right onto Delchester Road and left onto Gradyville Road. Drive until you see signs for the park.
Ridley Creek State Park is open 365 days a year. The gates open at sunrise and close at sunset.
Explore the park any day of the week when you live in an apartment at the Village at Windermere in West Chester, PA. With elegant apartments and resort-style amenities such as a fitness center, swimming pool, and tennis court, this property near Media, PA, offers something for everyone.