Leave your stress at home and lose yourself in the woods...surrounded by nature...with a fishing pole in hand, or a pair of hiking shoes on your feet.

Ridley Creek State Park is an oasis of open space just 16 miles from Center City Philly. It encompasses over 2,600 acres of woodlands and meadows bisected by the beautiful Ridley Creek.
  • 13 miles of hiking trails
  • 5 miles of paved multi-use trails
  • 4.7 miles for equestrian use
  • And there's a connecting trail between the Park and Tyler Arboretum for those who like longer walks.
Stocked with Trout, Ridley Creek State Park Offers Excellent Angling
No matter what type of fishing you do, or how mobile you are...Ridley Creek Park is a great place to get lost for a day. The portion of the creek from Sycamore Mills Dam to the mouth of the Dismal Run is a catch and release, fly fishing only area. There is also an ADA accessible fishing platform on the paved, multi-use trail along Sycamore Road.  Vehicle permits must be acquired at the park office.

If you're looking for a way to totally disconnect from all your digital connections --  go fishing.  Bring your kids or an older neighbor who doesn't get out much.  You won't be sorry.

On a personal note...
Dad taught me to fish when I was five, and hokey as it sounds, it was love at first bite! The world spins a little slower when you have a fishing rod in your hand. The colors of the trees get brighter and the smell of the outdoors stays with you for days. Best of all, I learned to love nature the way he did.

But don't take my word for it.
If you never saw the film "A River Runs Through It"...click on the link below for one of the best fly-fishing scenes in the movie.

Brad Pitt in 'A River Runs Through It'