Ridley Creek State Park

CYCLE PHILADELPHIA, SIGHTSEEING & KIDS RIDE, RIDLEY CREEK STATE PARK There are plenty of places to begin your bike ride. Park in the lower lot and look for the sign marking the trail. You’ll have to walk your bike for just a bit on the hiking trail to reach the paved trail. Once you arrive at the paved trail, you have a major decision to make. Do I turn right, or do I turn left? If you turn right, you’ll have a slow steady climb for three and a half miles of your trip with a steep half mile downhill in the middle. If you choose left, you’ll be coasting downhill for most of the ride but then be faced with a super steep incline. Your call! Of course. The path can be narrow at times and it is well traveled, so be sure to call out when passing. The area near the steep hill is a little wider, so even though it seems like a good idea to burn it, there are strict speed limits for bicycles on the downhill. There is quite a bit to do in Ridley Creek State Park, including 12 miles of hiking trails through the woods, formal gardens near the entrance, summer fishing in Ridley Creek, and sledding and cross-country skiing when snow covers the ground. The paved multi-use trail along Sycamore Mills and Forge Road are very popular for biking, and it provides city-dwellers with a relatively close (only 16 miles from Center City!) option for a change of scenery. FOOD AND DRINK This bike ride is a great excuse for a big, delicious picnic. Shady places to stop for a rest abound, in addition to 14 designated picnic areas with charcoal grills. ACCESS Ridley Creek is located in Media, about 15 miles west of the city. Not a ton of public transit options to get here, so it might be best to pack up the car and drive on out. Lots 7, 11, 15, and 17 will give you access to the trail, as well as the lot at the park office (the address is 351 Gradyville Road in Newtown Square).
Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Kid friendly
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Beginner (Green)
Ride Duration: options
Fitness Level: Low
Shared Bike Path - Paved
Shared Bike Path - Dirt
On-Road Bike Lane
Off-Road - Fire Trail
Off-Road - Rail Trail
Off-Road - Single Track
Off-Road - Downhill
Estimated Distance (Kms): 6.75
First Aid
Bike hire facilities
Bike servicing
Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle / uber
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