Tyler State Park
GOOD FOR: All Ages

Source:Outdoors with Kids Philadelphia (AMC Books)
Address:101 Swamp Road, Newtown, PA
Hours:Sunrise to sunset daily; fishing and boating are permitted 24 hours; see website for seasonal boat rental hours
Fee: Free
Bathrooms: At Mill Dam parking area and several playgrounds; at canoe rental and boathouse areas
Water/Snacks: Water fountain at playground

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

Walk, bike, fish, or canoe in this popular park along the lower Neshaminy Creek.

Tyler State Park
Photo by: Susan Charkes

Tyler State Park is justly popular. Easily reached by car, it is a large and vibrant green space along the Neshaminy Creek in lower Bucks County. Packed into its 1,700 acres is more than enough space for diverse outdoor activities, including hiking, fishing, boating, swimming, and biking. The park is a mosaic of natural woods, grassy areas, and fields that are actively farmed, with the creek bisecting the grounds. Families will find options for kids of various ages.

Start at the boathouse parking area, which is central to many activities. Kids can walk along (or in) the creek. Its broad, flat banks are easily negotiable and perfect for practicing the ancient art of skipping stones. For beginner boaters the creek is a good place to learn about navigating currents; head to the boathouse area, where you can put in a canoe or kayak at the public boat launch and paddle above the dam. In season, a canoe rental concession is at the same spot. It’s calm on the creek; only nonpowered and electric boats are permitted. Fishing along the banks is popular too.

The trail system is diverse. More than 10 miles of paved multiuse trails accommodate bikes, strollers, and walkers. An additional 9 miles of dirt bridle paths are open to equestrians and hikers. Horse trailer parking is available. The trails wind through the woods and around farm fields, with the flatter trails being near the creek. The Mill Dam area is convenient to a lovely trail overlooking the creek. In winter, kids can enjoy sledding on the disc golf course or by the hostel, and ice skating near the boathouse area. The equestrian trails, hiking trails, and biking trails are great for cross-country skiing.

There are numerous picnic areas, playfields, and playgrounds. At the northernmost part of the park, a historical covered bridge crosses the creek.

Here too is Tyler Hostel, operated by Hostelling International and open to overnight visitors; for more information, see hi-dvc.org.

Remember: Pets must be leashed.

Plan B:

Core Creek Park and Churchville Nature Center are nearby. Core Creek is a quiet park with a variety of trails and a large lake for boating and fishing; Churchville is a small nature center with trails for young children.

Where to Eat Nearby:

Take the Newtown Bypass (532) east a short distance to Durham Road, where there is a commercial district.


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