YARDLEY, PA — The trail beckons as hikers, cyclists and walkers in the Yardley area ready to get back in touch with nature.
Across Bucks County, nestled between the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers, you’ll find 72 miles of hiking-only trails and nearly 300 miles of mixed-use trails, with even more for biking. Here are some of the best spots in Yardley, Bucks County and New Jersey.
Newtown Rail Trail and Pennypack Trail were developed in two phases as part of Bucks County’s trail program. Upper Southhampton Township announced the opening of the Newtown/Pennypack Trail in April. The project has been in the works for a long time and it is ready to be enjoyed. Find out more here and enjoy this local recreation opportunity.
Tyler State Park in Newtown is a local treasure with all manner of outdoor recreation including 25 miles of hiking trails. The Tyler Park Trail is unpaved and bicycling is only permitted in some areas, so plan before you set off. There is a 1 mile difficult trail that crosses Porter Run Creek.
Driving west from Yardley is the Schuylkill River Greenways, a system of roads between Philadelphia and Reading in Berks County. You’ll never tire of the discoveries these trails have in store.
The Perkiomen Trail connects to the Schuylkill River Trail network, 20 miles of which follow the old Perkiomen section of the Reading Railroad line in neighboring Montgomery County. The trail welcomes horses, walkers, hikers and cyclists, and you can bring your dog on a leash. Remember to clean up!
Part of Bucks County’s park system, Core Creek Park in Langhorne offers hiking and biking trails, as well as kayaking and canoeing on Lake Luxembourg. You can also rent pedal boats and rowing boats at the park, with discounts for seniors. There is also a dog park and picnic areas.
High Rocks State Park offers some great hiking and rock climbing in Tinicum Township, part of the 45-acre Ralph Stover State Park. There is a 4.5 mile trail loop with great views and challenging terrain. Owned by the state and Bucks County, High Rocks offers opportunities for true outdoor rock climbing.
Regional hiking trails
The Lawrence Hopewell Trail is a 22-mile series of hiking trails serving local communities in the townships of Hopewell and Lawerence across the Delaware. The trail series was planned to connect places and keep people healthy. The sections of the route aren’t just for recreation, they were designed for commuting too! Begin your hike at 197 Blackwell Road in Pennington, New Jersey.
The Watershed Institute does more than just conserve water. It preserves and restores habitats and offers recreation on its trails that lead through wetlands and meadows, across creeks to Wargo Pond. A portion of the trails connect to the Lawrence Hopewell Trail. The Watershed Institute trails begin at 31 Titus Mill Road in Pennington, New Jersey. You can bring a picnic and a pet on a leash, but you must take your rubbish with you.
Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park is great for walking, kayaking, and canoeing! D&R Canal Park near Princeton has a self-guided trail system for hiking, biking and even horseback riding. The park’s website suggests two local shops where you can rent a bike. The hiking trails in D&R Canal Park are extensive, so check out the maps here and plan your day.
The Lenape Trail features 36 miles of hiking trail traversing 19 parks in Essex County, New Jersey. Some sections of the trail are paved, others are unpaved and ready for hikers looking for a bigger challenge. Volunteers from the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference help maintain the trail with the help of the Partners for Health Foundation in Essex County. The trail is named for the native Lenape tribes who inhabited what is now known as the Mid-Atlantic region.
Sourland Mountain Preserve offers a short trail and a longer trail with rocky areas and some rock climbing. The paths lead through forest with gentle slopes. Take the 9.1 km hiking trail or a shorter loop through the nature reserve. Here in Somerset County, New Jersey, there are 4,000 acres to enjoy. Mountain bikes are allowed in the Preserve, as are horses.
High Rocks State Park in Pipersville, Pennsylvania attracts rock climbers and hikers.
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