Core Creek Park
GOOD FOR: All Ages

Source:Outdoors with Kids Philadelphia (AMC Books)
Address:Tollgate Road, east of PA 413, Middletown Township, PA
Hours:Trails, sunrise to sunset daily; fishing, 24 hours a day; see website for boathouse season (usually May through September) and hours
Fee: Grounds, free; fees for boat rental
Contact:, 215-757-0571; Core Creek boat rental, 215-757-1225

Bathrooms: At picnic areas and boathouse
Water/Snacks: Water fountains at picnic areas
Map: (click on Living & Working to find the Parks and Recreation page)

Room to roam and paddle too: The whole family will enjoy Core Creek’s peaceful lakeside location.

Core Creek Park
Photo by: Pif0407

Core Creek Park is a 1,200-acre Bucks County park that surrounds serene Lake Luxembourg. A bit off the beaten track, Core Creek is not crowded as often as nearby Tyler State Park, a virtue in itself in this densely populated region. With its combination of wide-open grassy areas and pockets of woods, the park provides families with many options to enjoy the changing seasons. Indeed, while Core Creek is lovely year-round, it is especially magical in snowy winters, when there’s plenty of room for skiing, sledding, and snowshoeing along the shores overlooking the lake.

The centerpiece lake lives up to its grand name as a small but “rich” destination; its wealth is in its beauty. The calm waters provide beautiful, quiet recreational opportunities particularly appropriate for young or beginner boaters. Many fishing spots are along the shore.

A cartop boat launch is near the boathouse. Kayaks, canoes, rowboats, and paddleboats are available to rent during warmer months. The boat rental concession also conducts classes in boating and fishing. Visit the website or call for more details.

On land, walking trails wind around two wooded sections of the park. Stroller-friendly, paved walkways closely following the lake offer lovely views and easy biking. Some trails are open to horses. There are plenty of places to picnic, and kids will enjoy visiting the playgrounds by the lake.

Bring your dog along to enjoy the off-leash dog park, or take advantage of the tennis courts. If the winter is cold enough, Lake Luxembourg is even open for ice skating.

Remember: Dogs should be leashed outside of the dog park.

Plan B:

Tyler State Park and Churchville Nature Center are both a short drive away.

Where to Eat Nearby:

Follow PA 413 south to Langhorne or north to Newtown.


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