Philadelphia August 08, 2017
9 Amazing State Parks Around Philadelphia That Will Blow You Away
One of the greatest things about living in this city is the fact that there are so many state parks near Philadelphia! Whether you’re looking for fishing, camping, boating, or a historic site, these are the top spots in the area. They’re all within an hour of Center City, so you’ll be able to escape to these natural oases without much planning for a quick day trip.
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
1. Ridley Creek State Park, Media, PA
The gorgeous creek, the living Colonial Museum, and the miles of trails make Ridley Creek State Park one of the most enchanting places in Pennsylvania, and it's just a short drive from Philadelphia. In just about half an hour, you'll be surrounded by all sort of natural beauty.
1023 Sycamore Mills Rd, Media, PA 19063
2. Evansburg State Park, Collegeville, PA
Evansburg State Park offers trails, fields, wildlife spotting, and great birdwatching. The tranquility will surprise you, because it's not very far from the busy Philadelphia suburbs. You'll likely have some trails all to yourself if you spend enough time wandering around, and it's also a great spot to have a family picnic.
851 Mayhall Rd, Collegeville, PA 19426
3. Nockamixon State Park, Quakertown, PA
Lake Nockamixon is one of the prettiest lakes in Pennsylvania, and the park that surrounds it is equally stunning. This is a popular spot for fishing, so bring your reel and get ready for a great time on the water!
1542 Mountain View Dr, Quakertown, PA 18951
4. French Creek State Park, Elverson, PA
French Creek State Park is a scenic park with plenty of trails, picnic spots, and gorgeous views. If you're looking for a little getaway, you've found your spot!
You can camp here for just $17 a night
throughout the fall, and it's one of the nicest Pennsylvania State Park campgrounds - is there anything cooler than that?
843 Park Road, Elverson, PA 19520
5. Marsh Creek State Park, Downingtown, PA
Marsh Creek State Park is located on a scenic lake that draws plenty of visitors for boating, lake tours, fishing and exploring. The park has a bit of a spooky secret, though... it's the former site of a town that was basically sunken by the area's developers!
Read the story here
and then plan a visit to check it out for yourself.
675 Park Rd, Downingtown, PA 19335
6. Benjamin Rush State Park, Philadelphia, PA
Benjamin Rush State Park is the only state park located within Philadelphia itself, and it is so worth a visit. This historic site is now home to one of the largest community gardens in the world. You can rent a plot and garden away, or go spot RC aircraft at the drone field. The 3.5 miles of hiking trails make for a great stroll through this pretty state park as well.
15001 Roosevelt Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19154
7. Fort Washington State Park, Fort Washington PA
Fort Washington was a significant site during the American Revolution, when it was known as Whitemarsh. General George Washington established a base here, successfully fending off British troops despite the bloody battle of Germantown and preventing all but local skirmishes. Eventually, Washington led his troops to Valley Forge... and the rest, as they say, is history. Modern day Fort Washington is home to historic structures, trails, and a disc golf course. The walking paths cross streams via beautiful wooden bridges that make this a haven for photographers.
500 Bethlehem Pike, Fort Washington, PA 19034
8. Washington's Crossing Historic Park, Titusville, NJ
Washington's Crossing State Park is another national historic site just outside of Philadelphia. We all know the story of General George crossing the Delaware and the Battle of Trenton, so it's awe-inspiring to walk these hallowed grounds. The park features unmatched views of the Delaware River and is close to the charming towns of New Hope and Lambertville. It's easy to make a full day out of a trip up here!
355 Washington Crossing Pennington Rd, Titusville, NJ 08560
9. Alapocas Run State Park, Wilmington, DE
Alapocas Run State Park is a great spot for rock climbing, hiking, picnicking, and more. Located in Wilmington, it's just a short drive from anywhere in the city and the views of the famous Blue Rocks are worth the trip.
1914 W Park Dr, Wilmington, DE 19803
If you’re looking for more places to explore in the Philly area, check out the
top hikes in Philadelphia and check these incredible adventures off of your bucket list!