Updated September 23, 2020
Ridley Creek State Park covers more than 2,500 acres of diverse flora and fauna in southeastern Pennsylvania. The park is also home to the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation, a beautifully restored historic site over 300 years old. Whether you and Tucker like wildlife watching, picnicking, hiking, or all of the above, you'll find "pawlenty" of fun activities to enjoy at Ridley Creek.
Unfortunately, Ridley Creek State Park doesn't offer individual campsites. A group tent area is available from April to October, but it's not dog-friendly. The good news is, the trails and picnic pavilions welcome hound-dog hiking enthusiasts and nature lovers. Why not pack a doggy bag and make a day of it?
After your picnic, leash up and trek more than 10 miles of nature trails with your favorite four-legged explorer. Respect this protected area by cleaning up after your dog and keeping them on-leash at all times. On your adventures, watch out for deer, squirrels, and great blue herons. All the more reason to keep Lassie leashed!
Try your paw at catch-and-release fly fishing down by the pier. It's unclear from the park's official page whether dogs are allowed to join you. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, pets are welcome in day-use areas. Call ahead to double-check pet policies at Ridley Creek State Park.
Looking for a place to camp out near Ridley Creek State Park? If you're willing to drive an hour northwest, French Creek State Park welcomes canine campers on designated sites. You're sure to snag a pet-friendly spot in Loop A. Once you're all settled in, head out to explore more than 35 miles of hiking trails that cater to amateur and experienced hikers alike.
Ridley Creek State Park is the perfect place to unwind in nature after a busy day exploring "muttropolitan" Philadelphia!