Tohickon Valley Park/Ralph Stover State Park (High Rocks)
GOOD FOR: Ages 5-8
RATING:


Source:Outdoors with Kids Philadelphia (AMC Books)
Address:Cafferty Road, Point Pleasant, PA
Hours:Trails open sunrise to sunset; pool open Memorial Day through Labor Day (see website for hours)
Fee: Trails are free; cabins and campsite require rental fee; pool requires usage fee
Contact:

buckscounty.org, 215-297-0754 (in season)
 

Bathrooms: At pool; in campgrounds
Water/Snacks: Water fountain at pool (when open)
Map:

buckscounty.org (click on Living & Working to find the Parks and Recreation page)


Enjoy the dramatic beauty of the swift, rocky Tohickon Creek from high above or right beside it.

Tohickon Valley Park/Ralph Stover State Park (High Rocks)
Photo by: Susan Charkes

Tohickon Valley Park takes full advantage of its location on the steep gorge of the rocky Tohickon Creek. Hiking trails in the woods (some open to mountain bikes and horses) parallel the creek, so they are easy to follow even though they are not well marked. A steep paved path, navigable by strollers, leads from the main parking area down to the creek, where flat rocks are perfect for picnicking. Twice a year, the banks are jammed with onlookers as whitewater kayakers paddle in the torrents released from Tohickon’s upstream dam at Lake Nockamixon. Most of the rest of the year the creek is swift, with quiet pools and eddies where young anglers can fish for trout (the creek is stocked annually). The creek is swift and rocky—not recommended for swimming—but in summer the public pool, at the top of the hill next to the main parking lot, is very popular.

Families can camp here in tents or rent a cabin. There are 22 family tentsites near the field next to the main parking lot

For the adventurous members of the family, the 200-foot sheer cliff known as High Rocks (part of adjacent Ralph Stover State Park) is one of the Philadelphia region’s best-known rock-climbing locations. For those not wanting to rock-climb, the overlook from the top of the cliffs provides a series of awesome views of the creek below. Follow the trails from the campgrounds along the top of the ridge; it’s about a 2-mile walk to High Rocks. Or drive to Tory Road, where parking is available right at the overlook.

Remember: Rock climbing here requires supervision and skill. Dogs must be leashed.

Plan B:

If it’s a bigger stream you want, paddle or go tubing down the Delaware. Ralph Stover Park also extends along the creek beyond High Rocks and offers more picnic areas along quieter sections of the creek.
 

Where to Eat Nearby:

The village of Point Pleasant, at the intersection of PA 32 and Cafferty Road.



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