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