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Ridley Creek State Park: Limitless leisure

Signage and directions at main entrance to the park.
Signage and directions at main entrance to the park.
Kathy Martin ( Ridley Creek State Park

Recreational options abound at Ridley Creek State Park making for a great excuse to picnic and play, exercise and explore or just relax. With more than 2600 acres, miles of trails, gardens, woods, fields and creek, it is important to plan enough time to enjoy your visit.

Picnic and sport

Ridley Creek State Park preserves a wealth of resources to be enjoyed by those who come to picnic and delight in activities of nature and sport. Centered by the Hunting Hill Mansion and its formal gardens, and divided by Ridley Creek, this state park has much to offer within its setting of woodlands, meadows, fields and hills. For starters, 14 designated picnic areas are available, each equipped with charcoal grill, tables and rest rooms. To work off your delectable picnic grub, some are located near fields for your favorite games of sport while others are settled next to playgrounds trails. Perhaps hiking or biking is preferred to burn some calories. Ridley Creek State Park features 13 miles of unpaved hiking trails and 5 miles of paved multi-use biking and jogging trails.

Riding and fishing

Although separately managed, Hidden Valley Horse Farm is located within Ridley Creek State Park. Stables and boarding, riding lessons and pony rides are among the services provided. A 4.7 mile horseback riding trail begins near picnic area #8 if your plans include this fun combination. For many that live nearby, Ridley Creek State Park’s namesake creek is reason enough to visit. Stocked with trout Ridley Creek is a favorite of many local fishermen. A portion of the creek is designated fly fishing only and a platform is accessible from the multi-use trail. Be sure to review the rules for permits and laws that apply to your fishing preference. By creek or by trail, the wealth of natural resources distinguishes Ridley Creek State Park.

Truly unique is the mansion area of Ridley Creek State Park, rich with natural beauty as well as, the lovely man-made stone work through the formal garden areas. Sharing a picnic basket on one of the benches through this section can be especially enjoyable as you relax to the sounds of bubbling fountains and chirping birds. Flowers and trees, shrubs and reflecting ponds are perfectly aligned to be serene. So visit for a picnic, exercise, and sport, or just plan to refresh your spirit and relax. Ridley Creek State Park has limitless settings to meet your comfortable leisure that encourages your return.

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