Pastures, woodlands, walking trails and a mansion are part of what makes Ridley Creek State Park worth a stop, even in winter, for outdoor recreation. The park maintains select public areas year round for visitors to enjoy the diverse terrain of trails and woodlands, as well as, the beautiful landscape of the historic mansion grounds where the park office is located.
Winter recreational opportunities
Fresh crisp air may be enjoyed while walking, hiking, cross-country skiing or sledding down the rolling hills and multi-use trails of this free natural resource. Natural wildlife and wintering birds may be observed as you hike or cross-country ski the more than ten miles of available trails or walk along the five mile paved multi-use pathway. Horseback riding may also be considered as offered by Hidden Valley Farms which operations a stable and horse related services within the park. There is also a sloping hill near the park office at the mansion that is always popular for sledding. The referenced Hunting Hill mansion, built by the Jeffords family in 1914, is equally spectacular in winter with its snow covered formal gardens and landscaped grounds.
Ridley Creek State Park's main entrance is located on Sandy Flash Drive South off Gradyville Road in Media, just 16 miles from Philadelphia. While the 18th century Colonial Plantation section is closed until April and programs are delayed until March, this quiet space remains a delight. Be sure to do your part to keep it a refreshing free resource and allow the wildlife to enjoy their protected haven.