Neshaminy State Park

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Neshaminy State Park

Pennsylvania

(215) 639-4538

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Overview

Can you feel the ocean's tides in Pennsylvania? You can at Neshaminy State Park. Waves won't knock you down, but if you watch the river, you'll see it rise or fall an inch a minute. Even though the river flows another 116 miles from here to the ocean, you're at sea level. When the tide comes in at a New Jersey beach, the water rises here also. Because tides affect this part of the river, it's called an estuary. American Indians used the rise and fall of tides to trap fish. The Indians built low fences in the river. At high tide, the fish swam over the top of the fence. As the tide went out, the fish were trapped and easily speared. Neshaminy State Park is along the Delaware River in lower Bucks County. The park takes its name from Neshaminy Creek, which joins the Delaware at this point. The Neshaminy freshwater estuary is a unique place. Plants and animals from two worlds meet here, some from the ocean and some from upstream headwaters. This 71-acre state park natural area encompasses part of the freshwater intertidal zone along the shores of the Delaware River and Neshaminy Creek. This area contains wetlands and unique plants. The picnic areas and swimming pools are the most popular park attractions. Boating access to the Delaware River is provided at the marina use area. Another interesting fact about Neshaminy, the forest is part of the Philadelphia Eagles football team "Go Green" program that focuses on offsetting the Eagles organization's environmental impact and gets fans interested in conserving natural resources. The Philadelphia Eagles kicked off the Eagles Forest at Neshaminy State Park by planting hundreds of trees and shrubs.

Map of Neshaminy (PA)

Latitude, Longitude: 40.076389, -74.920969

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Activities

  • Boating

    Privately owned boats may be launched on the Delaware River at the two boat access areas. About 370 marina slips for boats are rented seasonally. Demand for these spaces is always high and waiting lists are maintained.

  • Fishing

    A variety of warm-water fish species can be found in this stretch of the Delaware River and Neshaminy Creek. Common species are largemouth and smallmouth bass, muskellunge, catfish and various panfish. The park is also popular in the spring for the annual run of striped bass, American shad and herring.

  • Hiking

    The Logan Walk is the original drive to the former Robert Logan Home, which has been removed. The tree-lined walk is used by visitors for numerous recreational activities and serves as a park service road. The walk is paved and ADA accessible. The River Walk Trail follows the shoreline and gives views of the river with its boating traffic, and also explores the tidal marsh. The River Trail Inner Loop explores the interior of the park and is a great way to discover animals and plants.

  • Picnicking

    Neshaminy has two picnic pavilions that may be reserved up to 11 months in advance for a fee.

  • Water Sports

    The main pool and children's spray pool are open from the Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day. Regular hours for weekends and holidays are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, unless otherwise posted.

Directions

Driving

At the intersection of State Road and Dunks Ferry Road, the park is easily reached from the PA 132 (Street Road) Exit of Interstate 95.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(215) 639-4538

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