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Ridley Creek State Park
Ridley Creek State Park Large boulder © James Weaver
Trail through large boulder
Ridley Creek State Park Various Trails © James Weaver
Trail leading past large rock. 08/19/2011
1023 Sycamore Mills Rd.
Media, Pennsylvania   19063

Phone: 610-892-3900
Toll Free: 888-727-2757
Reservations: 888-727-2757
Ridley Creek State Park encompasses over 2,606 acres of Delaware County woodlands and meadows. The gently rolling terrain of the park, bisected by Ridley Creek, is only 16 miles from center city Philadelphia.
History of the Area
Within the park boundaries was a small 18th century village, which grew up around the site of a mill. Now known as Sycamore Mills, the area had been previously named Bishop?s Mill and Providence Mill. The miller?s house, the office and library, and several small mill workers? dwellings are currently used as private residences. The park area has been designated as the ?Ridley Creek State Park Historic District? on the National Register of Historic Places.

Park property was purchased in the 1960s with Project 70 funds, and developed with Land and Water Conservation Fund moneys. Park facilities were dedicated to public use in August of 1972.

The park office is in the ?Hunting Hill? mansion, built by the Jeffords family in 1914. The mansion was built around a 1789 Pennsylvania stone farmhouse that forms the core of the building and serves as the reception center.

Ridley Creek is stocked with trout and provides excellent angling. The portion of the creek from Sycamore Mills Dam to the mouth of Dismal Run is a delayed harvest, fly fishing only area. A wheelchair accessible fishing platform is on the paved, Multi-use Trail along Sycamore Mills Road. Vehicle permits must be acquired at the park office. Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission laws apply.

There are hundreds of picnic tables in 14 picnic areas. Each area is equipped with restrooms and charcoal grills. Several of the areas have large fields suited to sports activities. Areas #7, #8 and #11 have playground equipment. Areas #8, #11 and #17 have picnic pavilions that can be reserved up to 11 months in advance for a fee. Unreserved picnic pavilions are free on a first-come, first-served basis.
Nature Programs
The park offers diversity in environmental education and interpretive programming. Hands-on learning experiences provide participants with the opportunity to gain awareness, appreciation and knowledge of our natural and cultural resources.

Programming is available from September to May. The environmental education specialist provides environmental education and interpretive services to private and public schools, home schooling associations, community organizations, scouting groups and park visitors. For information or to schedule a group program, call 610-892-3908.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
September 23 Great place to collect your thoughts by jamie~
For me, Ridley Creek State Park has always been a place I can go to collect my thoughts. Once I?m in these woods, all of my Life?s worries just go away.
December 7 Great Park by Lisa Robis
There is everything possible here in Ridley Creek State Park. There are great walking trails, beautiful homes and land, and lots of nature to look at on your journey.

Area Fishing Related Businesses
Sporting Gentleman The
306 E Baltimore Ave
Media, PA
(610) 565-6140
Slapp's Tire Service
301 Flower St
Chester, PA
(610) 874-7997
American Fishing Wire
205 Carter Dr
West Chester, PA
(610) 692-1971
Leonard's Sporting Goods
8508 Lansdowne Ave
Upper Darby, PA
(610) 449-6409
Eyler's Inc Fly & Tackle
895 Penn St
Bryn Mawr, PA
(610) 527-3388
South East Archery & Sports
1852 Delmar Dr
Folcroft, PA
(610) 583-1614
Xa Fishing Inc
501 Abbott Dr
Broomall, PA
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Area Cabins and Lodges
London Bridge Resorts
1150 1st Ave
King of Prussia, PA
(610) 680-3500
Epic Resorts
1150 1st Ave
King of Prussia, PA
(610) 992-0100
Wyndham Valley Forge Suites
888 Chesterbrook Blvd
Wayne, PA
(610) 647-6700
Sheraton Great Valley Inn
707 Lancaster Ave
Frazer, PA
(610) 524-5500


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