Evansburg State Park
GOOD FOR: All Ages
RATING:


Source:Outdoors with Kids Philadelphia (AMC Books)
Address:851 Mayhall Road, Skippack, PA
Hours:8 a.m. to sunset daily
Fee: Free
Contact:
Bathrooms: At most parking areas
Water/Snacks: Water fountains at many restrooms
Map:

www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks (click on Find a Park)


Shady Skippack Creek is the centerpiece of this linear, forested park where visitors can hike, ride mountain bikes, and fish.

Evansburg State Park
Photo by: Susan Charkes

Evansburg State Park is a long, linear park that follows the path of its central natural feature, the Skippack Creek. Although it is in the midst of a populous area, the park seems less crowded than other state parks in the region. It’s a quiet, peaceful creekside refuge where families can relax and enjoy the essential beauty of southeastern Pennsylvania—a place where people and nature are on the same scale.

The park is set in a narrow woodland valley. In wet weather visitors can expect trails along the creek to be quite muddy. Trails that are open to horses and mountain bikes get even muddier. Use hiking-only trails for the best experience with kids. The main park area off of Mayhall Road, which features several picnic pavilions and a large, popular playground, is the best place to start. For young kids, a good short (1.5-mile) out-and-back hike descends from the trailhead near the restrooms at the “Pines” picnic pavilion (look for the sign for Skippack Creek Loop Trail), crosses a small footbridge, and follows the yellow-and-blue-marked trail through woods along high ground above the old mill race, to a recently refurbished bridge over the creek at Mill Road (closed to vehicles). There are great views of the very pretty creek here, and it’s a popular fishing spot. For older children, you can head over the bridge to continue on the 5-mile Skippack Creek Loop Trail, which gives access to the creek along the way.

Young anglers will enjoy fishing year-round; the creek is trout-stocked in spring. An ADA-accessible fishing pier is located in the Lewis Road
picnic area.

The Friedt Visitor Center is an eighteenth-century house that features exhibits on the German Mennonites who owned the home for almost two centuries. Call ahead to schedule a visit.

Remember: Hunting is permitted in certain areas of the park. During hunting season, exercise caution on trails in these areas; wear blaze orange or go to the park on Sundays, when hunting is prohibited.

Plan B:

You can gain access to the multiuse Perkiomen Trail in Collegeville and Graterford; also nearby is the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove, with hiking trails.

Where to Eat Nearby:

Take the Germantown Pike north a short distance to Collegeville at the PA 29 intersection, or go north on PA 73 to the village of Skippack, where diverse commercial areas feature a variety of shops and restaurants.



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