Certainly, Ridley Creek is a year round park, but early autumn offers up great opportunities to enjoy the still green woodlands, quiet pathways and active wildlife that surrounds. Biking, fishing and even horseback riding are options, but take time for a simple stroll or heart-beat-raising hike, in this park, this fall.
A walking park to explore
There are plenty of parks in Delaware County, especially if one counts the county and ample local municipality parks in the area. Granted, many offer a great stroll in the fall. But Ridley Creek State Park features a unique approach for visitors that allows for their connection to grandiose history and long-established wildlife, gardens, woodlands, and streams. Early autumn, more than any other season, perfects the connection of visitors to its wild year-round inhabitants, in a most refreshing manner. One needs only to listen, and pause in mid stride, to recognize the incredible gem of a park, Ridley Creek State Park truly represents. While the fountains are flowing, and the leaves gradually changing, early autumn is the time visit and connect with the grand history, architecture, and natural beauty of Ridley Creek State Park.
Elegant remains of grand history
Grandeur of architecture and landscape, wildly beautiful woodlands, formal and forgotten gardens, and vast terrain divided by its namesake, Ridley Creek, positions Ridley Creek State Park as more than just a park. Within the immense 2,606-acre spread are a wide variety of options for visitors to explore. Walk, hike, or run the 12 miles of trails, 5 miles of paved multi-use pathways, ideal for biking and jogging, as well as, 4.7 miles of trails for horseback riding. Take a leisurely walk through formal gardens and wild woodlands. The remains of Hunting Hill Mansion is worthy to investigate with its professionally designed grounds that surround the elegant 1915 Jeffords estate. The landscape architects were one and the same who designed New York City’s Central Park, and you may note some similarities. The stonewall overlooks, and garden party courtyards can be easily imaged in its heyday with guests wearing their finest. Few parks can offer such pristine grounds as Ridley Creek State Park, with the opportunity to walk paved and rugged trails to the stream, into the mature forest and across vast lawns.
Early autumn is the time to catch the glimmer of what was summer, in the quiet of fall, and before the cold winds shift us all into the next season. Wildlife, and the plant life that sustains many, include berries of many colors, acorns, walnuts and habitats that were once gardens and walls. Explore, and be refreshed. Listen and breathe in the changing world as fall offers its new color pallet. Early autumn offers that rare combination of the perfect walk in a park perfect for that brisk or leisurely walk. Stretch your legs, leash the dog, and visit Ridley Creek State Park while the temperature and light is at its best.