Flowers are blooming, trees are budding - springtime is one of the best times to visit Bucks County’s nature. Many trails in Bucks County hold decades of history and culture that can be experienced firsthand. Most are located near Bucks County’s small towns that are packed with eateries and shops that are sure to have you visit again. Here are some excellent outdoor walking trails for a relaxing weekend afternoon…
The High Rocks Trail offers one of the most spectacular views in Bucks County as the path gradually elevates up to the 200ft cliffs above the Tohickon Creek. This roughly 4-mile trail picks up by the Tohickon Campground and eventually splits off into multiple paths. Choose to hike along the steep cliffside or back further in the woods on an easier terrain. Watch as skilled rock climbers take on the challenge of High Rocks State Park or as adventurous kayakers float along the creek below.
The 25 miles of trails wind their way throughout Tyler State Park in Newtown. Many of these trails are multi-use trails while others are exclusively for hiking, biking or equestrians. Depending on the path you take, you may pass by Tyler State Park’s disc golf course, the Neshaminy Creek or even travel through the Schoefield Ford Covered Bridge. All of the interconnecting paths are perfect for either a quick stroll or turning it into a multi-mile adventure.
Sellersville-Perkasie-East Rockhill Trail
The Sellersville-Perkasie-East Rockhill Trail, also known as the Perkiomen Creek Trail, begins across the street from the Sellersville Fire Department, links 5 miles down along the Perkiomen Creek and ends at Iron Bridge Park in Perkasie. This path has plenty of surprises that will cross your path along the way, including two of Bucks County’s historic bridges – Mood’s Covered Bridge and the South Perkasie Covered Bridge. Depending on the route you take, you may also come across Menlo Park’s community pool, the Perkasie Carousel, a skate park, a dog park, the Sellersville Disc Golf Course, ball fields and a scout cabin.
The Lake Galena Trail is a paved trail that circles 6 miles around the lake through Peace Valley Park just outside of Doylestown. During your walk, pay a visit to the Peace Valley Park Nature Center, the Peace Valley Lavender Farm and see if you can spot it, the “Winnie the Pooh Tree” – a 150-year-old Buttonwood Tree at the northern end of the park.
The Delaware Canal Towpath was developed back in the 1800s with a series of locks, dams and towpaths to assist in the transportation of coal along the Delaware River. Today, the towpath is a popular destination for those looking to get in some hiking, biking or walking miles in Bucks County. This path runs through numerous Bucks County towns, including New Hope, Yardley, Bristol, Washington Crossing, Tinicum and even passes by designations of interest such as the Uhlerstown Covered Bridge and the Thompson-Neely House. Planning a day out on the towpath? There are many trail friendly businesses along the trail where you can stop to grab a bite to eat and rest along the way.
There are roughly 10 trails within Nockamixon State Park – ranging from easy hiking to more difficult paths. You can choose to walk the paths along the shores of Lake Nockamixon or hike through the surrounding mountain terrain. For lovers of Bucks County’s haunted destinations –Nockamixon’s Top Rock Trail located on Haycock Mountain – known to locals as “Ghost Mountain” – has a bit of a spooky history to it as well.
Ringing Rocks State Park is a bit of a natural phenomenon here in Bucks County. In the heart of the park lies a massive sea of rocks that sing like a bell when struck with a hammer – but only while in that location for when you remove the rocks from the pit, and they will no longer chime. Surrounding the rock pit is a one-mile trail that begins at the parking lot and ends at High Falls – the tallest waterfall in Southeastern Pennsylvania.