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Initially, the land on which the park sits was an estate belonging to Walter M. Jeffords's family before being purchased by the state in 1960. It was designated as a state park in 1972. Ridley Creek State Park gets its name from Ridley Creek, a tributary of the Delaware River that meanders through the park.
Ridley Creek State Park's rugged terrain is dotted with vast grasslands, oaks, maples, and meadows. Ridley Creek State Park offers plenty of activities in summer. Visitors can fish, hike, ride horses, bike, and hunt. During winter, the park is a popular joint for cross-country skiing. Book an RV in Media to explore the remnants of the 18th century abandoned ruins, including Worrell House, Mosser House, and Hunting Hill Mansion, a former stone house farm.
Should you enjoy hiking, you’ll no doubt fall in love with Ridley Creek State Park trails. There are many well-marked and color-coded trails crisscrossing the park. The Blue Trail is perfect for visitors interested in exploring the ruins of Riddle Creek State Park. Other popular trails include White Trail and Orange Trail. If you are keen enough, you can spot ducks, blue herons, and deer.
If you came with your horse in your RV rental, it would thrill you to know Ridley Creek State Park offers five miles of equestrian trail. Should you be a novice rider, Hidden Valley Horse Farm, a privately-owned stable inside the park, offers riding lessons and horse rentals.
Hunting is a popular outdoor activity for most of the park visitors. Hunting of deer is permitted in designated areas within the park. If you are an avid hunter, consider renting a motorhome rental during the Annual Shotgun Hunting season. Hunters interested in this two-day event need to apply early enough for consideration. If you love water-based activities, Ridley Creek offers excellent fly-fishing opportunities.
While there are no RV camping options within Ridley Creek State Park, there are many parks where guests can park their travel trailer rentals in the neighboring towns. For KOA fans, Philadelphia/West Chester KOA Holiday is a perfect choice. Perched along the banks of the Delaware River, this park is about 19 miles away. Campground amenities include full hookups, a dump station, camp store, showers, and laundry facilities.
Philadelphia South/Clarksboro KOA is another nice campground. Located in Clarksboro, this pet-friendly campground offers full hookups. Other amenities include laundry facilities and showers.
Located in Downingtown, PA, Brandywine Creek Campground is just 23 miles away. Amenities offered here include full hookups, restrooms, and showers.
Once you’ve found your ideal motorhome rental in Media, you will discover that the areas near Ridley Creek State Park have a lot to offer. But before hitting the road with your travel trailer rental, make a point of spending a few minutes in Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation located inside Ridley Creek State Park.
Encompassing 122 acres, this is a living museum with a history dating back to the 18th century. A guided tour through this restored colonial plantation gives guests detailed information about the history of this plantation. To make history more vivid, the workers are dressed in historic attires to give visitors a glimpse of how life was like working in the plantation back in the days. There is an on-site farm with animals such as pigs, horses, cows, and sheep, and chicken.
If you love animals, head over to Philadelphia Zoo in your RV rental. Located less than an hour’s drive away, this 42-acre park is noted for its fine collection of plants and wildlife. Considered one of the oldest zoos in the region Philadelphia Zoo is a habitat for animals such as tigers, lemurs, cheetahs, leopards, gorillas, jaguars, and orangutans. Besides wildlife watching visitors can enjoy paddle boating at Bird Lake or climbing ropes.
Should you want a break from the outdoors, Jumpers Family Fun Zone is just a stone's throw away. Located in Newtown Square, this is an indoor entertainment center with many kid-friendly activities. Children can burn off some energy on the bouncy houses and slides.
Located in Kennett Square, about 16 miles away, Longwood Gardens is 1,077 acres in size. It features woodlands, lakes, meadows, flowers, and hundreds of plant species. While here, don’t miss Fountain Lights Shows. Also, visitors can check out the four-acre conservatory.