Tyler State Park

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Tyler State Park

Pennsylvania

(215) 968-2021

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Overview

Tyler State Park consists of 1,711 acres in Bucks County. Park roads, trails, and facilities are carefully nestled within the original farm and woodland setting. Neshaminy Creek meanders through the park, dividing the land into several interesting sections. Farming has been a tradition here for more than 300 years. About one quarter of the park is still under cultivation using modern conservation practices. With the changing of the seasons, field crops like winter wheat, grains, corn, soybeans and hay provide a breathtaking pastoral landscape. Several fields were planted with native grasses in 1999. These fields will provide habitat for a variety of wildlife. Three main habitats dominate Tyler State Park, forests, fields and wetlands. The mixed hardwood forests are composed of oaks, maples and walnuts and are great habitat for forest birds like warblers, tanagers, thrushes and vireos. The richest and most diverse habitats of the park are the wetlands. Neshaminy Creek and the land it borders are riparian zones. The creek is home to fish and turtles. The stream north of the Spring Garden Mill Dam is a popular spot for turtles and wood ducks. The land bordering Neshaminy Creek are wetlands, which have unique plants that can survive in the perpetually moist soil. Before becoming a state park, the land was owned by Mr. and Mrs. George F. Tyler who purchased the land between 1919 and 1928. Their first purchase was the Solly Farm, currently leased to Hostelling International at the north end of the park. The Solly House served as the Tyler's country home until the mansion was constructed. The mansion is now a part of the Bucks County Community College. A 27-hole disk golf course begins by the Upper Plantation Picnic Area.

Map of Tyler (PA)

Latitude, Longitude: 40.233049, -74.969582

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Activities

  • Boating

    Neshaminy Creek offers calm, easy boating upstream from the canoe rental. The canoe rental operates daily from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, weather permitting.

  • Bicycling

    If you're riding a bicycle, remember that nearly all of the trails on the west side of the creek are hilly. Slow down and use caution on hills and around curves.

  • Fishing

    Anglers may fish along the banks of Neshaminy Creek or from a canoe. Warm-water species include sunfish, black crappie, carp, smallmouth bass and other panfish. Neshaminy Creek is also the home of large snapping turtles, eels, frogs, water snakes and muskrats.

  • Hiking

    Hikers are permitted on all trails. Gravel hiking trails to the east of Neshaminy Creek link each picnic area. If you want a longer hike, cross over Neshaminy Creek to the west side of the park via the causeway at the center of the park. There you will find most of the park's bicycle and equestrian trails. The trails give excellent views of the park and surrounding countryside. You can take a short walk or a long hike covering many miles. Several parking lots near the outer perimeter of the park allow access to remote areas and trails.

  • Historic Sites

    Built in 1874, the Schofield Ford Covered Bridge is the longest covered bridge in Bucks County. In 1991, this county landmark burned. Using authentic materials and methods, a group of concerned citizens from various parts of the county undertook a united effort to rebuild this historic 166-foot, two-span bridge. After five and a half years of planning and fund-raising, the Schofield Ford Bridge Committee organized a partnership of over 200 volunteers, many DCNR employees, skilled construction workers, equipment operators, and Woodhouse Inc. (timber framers) to rebuild the bridge in the summer of 1997.

  • Horseback Riding

    Riders enjoy many miles of dirt trails on both sides of Neshaminy Creek.

  • Picnicking

    Five separate picnic areas offer scenic views of the park.

  • Water Sports

    Contact the area for more information.

  • Winter Sports

    Neshaminy Creek sometimes freezes and ice-skating is permitted near the boathouse warming area. The equestrian trails, hiking trails and bicycle trails are unplowed and great for skiing.

Directions

Driving

You can reach the park from I-95 at the Newtown/Yardley Exit 49, then drive west on the four-lane bypass around Newtown. The park entrance is on the left at the intersection of Swamp Road and the four-lane bypass.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(215) 968-2021

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