Cycle Philadelphia, Sightseeing & Kids Ride, Tyler State Park 

Tyler State Park absolutely takes the cake for my favorite off-road paved path. Between the horses, corn fields, and forests that would well suit a production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream, cyclists are immediately transplanted to the beautiful, bucolic countryside. The terrain is varied, with lots of climbing, fast downhills and snappy curves. It is about a five mile loop, but you’ll find there are plenty of additional trails to explore.

Terrain

There are a lot of hills on this wide, paved trail!

Traffic

The traffic changes on every path – on some you’ll pass by joggers and baby strollers, others will have horses, and a few will be blissfully empty.

Access

The 130 Septa bus will drop you at Bucks County Community College, situated directly next to the park. The entrance to Tyler is a short ride down Swamp Road from Exit 49 off I-95. There are plenty of parking lots too, the largest of which is near the boat house area.

Food and Drink

In the summer, there’s usually an ice cream truck hanging around the boat house area. Otherwise, a drive into Newtown (via Swamp or Richboro Road) has options for a meal or a snack.

Side Trip

You’ll pass The Earth Center for the Arts on Stable Mill Trail. They offer classes, workshops, craft fairs and other community events. Just next to the center, there is a wild meadow speckled with rad outdoor art and sculpture.

 

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Between the horses, corn fields, and forests that would well suit a production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream , cyclists are immediately transplanted to the beautiful, bucolic countryside. The terrain is varied, with lots of climbing, fast downhills and snappy curves. It is about a five mile bike ride, but you’ll find there are plenty of additional trails to explore.

Tyler State Park is as visually appealing as it is challenging, and the trails offer enough loops and track backs to explore the park weekend after weekend. The trails are well marked and expertly manicured, offering a pleasant and comfortable setting for an afternoon bike ride. You’ll start out near the boat house area, which is just next to the main parking area (to get here, you’ll need to pick up Main Park Road and drive a ways until you reach the center of the park).

Take the bridge over Neshaminy Creek, which is usually full of bathers. It is pure heaven to have a splash in the water here after you finish your bike ride. The loop takes advantage of the Dairy Hill Trail, White Pine Trail, Number One Trail, Stable Mill Trail, and Natural Area Trail, which are all west of the Neshaminy Creek. The first mile along Dairy Hill Trail is fairly flat, but almost all of mile two is a steady climb. There are a couple of really fun and fast downhills on the Number One Lane Trail, but they are almost always immediately followed by a twisting turn, so keep it slow.

If you want an intense hill challenge, simply reverse the ride. You’ll go up some of the steeper hills and enjoy the slow downhill that you would otherwise climb between miles one and two. Explore as many trails as possible. You’ll pass wooded areas, open meadows, and horse stables. Farmers sow about a quarter of the park every year – in late August the corn is teeming and simply gorgeous on a sunny afternoon. You can also make a weekend out of it! There is a hostel at the Solly Farmhouse and Annex near the Schofield Covered Bridge, operated by Hosteling International. Other activities in the park include disk golf, fishing, sledding, ice skating, and boating. There are about a half dozen picnic areas and an entire network of equestrian trails. 

 

Ride Log

  • 0.0 Start out by the boat house area, near the main parking lot. Cross the bridge over the Neshaminy Creek.
  • 0.1 Make a right at the T, just past the bridge.
  • 0.5 At Dairy Hill Trail, make a right. 0.8 Follow the trail as it curves to the left. The locusts here are so loud in the summer!
  • 1.5 Come to an intersection with cornfields and water fountains. If you want a slight detour, make a right on the Covered Bridge Trail to visit the Schofield Covered Bridge (built in 1874, it’s the longest covered bridge in Bucks County!) If you don’t care about covered bridges, then pedal straight ahead towards the cornfields along the White Pine Trail.
  • 1.9 Make a left at the stop sign to continue along White Pine Trail. Follow the sign that points you towards the boat house. Great downhill here.
  • 2.1 Make a right to get on the Number One Ln Trail, there’s a barn on the corner. Enjoy the fast downhills and sharp turns of Number One Ln.
  • 3.1 Cross the bridge, at the intersection with College Park Trail, bear left to stay on Number One.
  • 3.3 Stay on Number One, passing the parking lot to the right. Make a left on Stable Mill Trail (you may encounter a car here and there on this road).
  • 3.6 You’ll pass the Earth Center for the Arts on the right.
  • 3.8 Bear left at the intersection to head towards Natural Area Trail. Another fast downhill here! Follow Natural Area Trail – beware the sharp turns!
  • 4.6 Come to a T and make a left on Mill Dairy Trail.
  • 4.7 Back to the bridge! Make a right to cross the bridge and head back to the boat house.
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    7.637 km / 4.745 mi

    Total Distance

    206 m / 676 ft

    Total Ascent

    206 m / 675 ft

    Total Descent

    99 m / 326 ft

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    Ride type:
    Sightseeing
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Commuter
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Difficulty: Beginner (Green)
    Ride Duration: <1 hr
    Fitness Level: All
    Terrain:
    Shared Bike Path - Paved
    Shared Bike Path - Dirt
    On-Road Bike Lane
    On-Road
    Off-Road - Fire Trail
    Off-Road - Rail Trail
    Off-Road - Single Track
    Off-Road - Downhill
    Trail Signage: Good
    Mobile Coverage: Excellent
    Estimated Distance: 4.7
    Elevation Gain: 308
    Services:
    Water
    Food
    First Aid
    Toilets
    Bike hire facilities
    Carparking
    Bike servicing
    Accessible by bike
    Accessible by car
    Accessible by public transport
    Accessible by shuttle / uber
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