Ralph Stover State Park is a 411-acre area that's very popular with the local watersports community. The whitewater rapids at this park offer a great chance to test your mettle. In addition, the still standing historic structures provide a bit of history during your visit.
Rock climbing is quite popular in Ralph Stover State Park, with guests often attempting the 150-foot rock faces of the High Rocks area. These cliffs are completely unsupervised, so guests engage in the sport at their own risks. If you're not engaging in the sport but would still like to see the cliffs, park officials remind guests that you're required to follow all signage and stay behind the safety rails. Dogs are not allowed on the cliff faces.
If whitewater rafting is something you have been wanting to try, Ralph Stover State Park has everything you need to get going. When the weather conditions permit it, Tohickon Creek provides a challenging stretch of rapids for both closed deck canoes and kayaks.
You can launch your vessels anywhere in the park, as long as you've come with up to date registration or a launch permit from the state of Pennsylvania. This area has several drop-offs and impediments as you progress, so its suggested to never attempt these rapids alone and to wear all recommended safety gear.
Hikers can enjoy the one mile of trails that wind through three park loops. These loops provide glimpses of all the different habitats contained within Ralph Stover State Park, including marshlands and sandy shorelines. Also seen here are several Depression-era structures that have been preserved to this day.
Canines are welcome to attend hiking trips with their owners, as long as they're on a leash and owners take care of any refuse that their companions might leave on the trail. Tohickon Creek also offers fishing throughout the warmer months. Favorite species regularly caught here are sunfish, carp, catfish, and smallmouth bass.
If you're looking to fish, make sure you have a Pennsylvania state fishing license, as well as stamps for any catfish you catch. Dogs are allowed to come on fishing expeditions as long as they're on a leash and refrain from bothering other park guests.