Ridley Creek State Park
Hiking is great, but if you have small kids, you need a paved or smooth trail to make it a pleasant walk in the park. Check out these stroller- and bike-friendly parks and trails.
Philly and the Main Line
Cynwyd Heritage Trail, Bala Cynwyd
Connecting SEPTA’s Cynwyd station to Bala Cynwyd Park, West Laurel Hill & Westminster cemeteries and a pedestrian bridge across the Schuylkill River, the 1.8-mile trail boasts a wide, paved walkway. After the walk, burn even more energy at the park’s playground.
John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, Phila.
Wide, seldom-crowded paths make this preserve an ideal spot for a stroll. Along the way, you’ll encounter observation decks and a boardwalk over the water that let kids get an even closer look at wildlife. Explore the scenery from another vantage point during a canoe ride on Darby Creek.
Peace Valley Park, Doylestown
In addition to four miles of mostly flat blacktop along the shores of Lake Galena, the loop-shaped hike-and-bike trail — just north of Doylestown — passes woodlands. The park also offers boating, fishing, playgrounds and a nature center.
Ridley Creek State Park, Media
With a paved, flat path and 15mph speed limit for bikers, the multi-use trail, which starts at Barren & Chapel Hill Rds., is a family-favorite. Round out the visit at one of the many picnic areas or by trout-fishing at Ridley Creek.
Tyler State Park, Newtown
Cyclists and pedestrians share the paved, 10.5-mile trail here; perfect for families with both strollers and bikes in tow. Playgrounds, picnic areas, fishing, a disc-golf course and canoe rentals are also available.
Cooper River Park
Berlin Park, Berlin
The park offers two miles of mixed dirt and gravel trails surrounded by trees that provide plenty of shade. Round out your visit with two playgrounds or fishing in the Great Egg Harbor River.
Blueberry Hill, Gibbsboro
Several paved trails and ample signage make this a popular spot for families. At the top, take in views of a canyon and the Philly skyline.
Chestnut Branch Park, Mantua
At less than a mile in length, the loop-shaped nature trail here is ideal for families with little ones. The park also offers a paved path that circles the athletic fields. Check out the kid-favorite butterfly garden after the stroll.
Cooper River Park, Pennsauken
The 3.6-mile Cooper River Trail features a smooth surface and close proximity to other activities, including a playground, mini golf, kayaking and picnic areas.
Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Amid 4 miles of well-maintained trails that meander through upland forest, wooded wetlands and a historic village, the highlight here is a floating walkway suspended above Smithville Lake. Get an even closer look at the water with fishing and canoe opportunities.
Killens Pond State Park
Alapocas Run State Park, Wilmington
The Northern Delaware Greenway Trail spans part of New Castle County, but the portion of the trail that passes through this park is wide and paved. Along the route, you’ll encounter Piedmont forests and streams, open spaces, historic features and recreation areas including the Can-Do Playground, an accessible space for kids with and without special needs.
Bellevue State Park, Wilmington
Explore the 1.6 miles of paved trails by foot or stroller, or take advantage of two-hour bike rentals. The park also offers fishing, disc golf, picnic areas, arts center, arboretum and playground.
Cape Henlopen State Park, Lewes
The 3.3-mile Bike Loop, accessible via the main entrance on Cape Henlopen Road, is a paved path with views of the Atlantic Ocean & Delaware Bay, Seaside Nature Center and a WWII observation tower. After the hike, enjoy a packed lunch on the beach.
Killens Pond State Park, Felton
The 2-mile bike trail, complete with both paved and crushed-stone paths, comes to a head at the perfect post-hike spot: a waterpark that houses two slides, a kiddie pool and a play area.
Lums Pond State Park, Bear
The gentle terrain of the Swamp Forest Trail alternates between packed earth, crushed stone and elevated boardwalks and bridges. At nearly 7 miles, it’s a lengthy trek, but there’s plenty to do instead if the fam can’t finish: Check out the campground, boat launch, nature center and picnic areas.