Monday, September 16, 2019

Ridley Creek State Park Multi-Use Trail (9/16/2019)

Monday, September 16, 2019
Today was a Granite Farms Estate "Nature Walk." About a dozen hardy residents boarded one of the Acts mini-buses, and we headed to Ridley Creek State Park with our Fitness Director, Janel. We took a left on W Baltimore Pike, then a left on PA-452, continuing on Barren Road past Tyler Arboretum to a parking area located just before a bridge crossing Ridley Creek. We piled off the bus, were offered an ice cold bottle of water, and were given an hour. Most everyone started right off on the paved multi-use trail that passed private residences that used to be the miller's house, office and library, and small tenant dwellings of Sycamore Mills, a village around a mill that began in the 18th century.
Ridley Creek State Park sign
Small dam
The former grist mill and sawmill were located on the other side of Ridley Creek.
Ruins of a tenant house built between 1785 and 1810,
on the creek side of the road (KSS)
Reflections in a still part of Ridley Creek
Multi-use trail and Ridley Creek (KSS)
Stream Access for those with disabilities, built in 1987
by the Delco-Manning Chapter of Trout Unlimited
Kent finds there are no fish off this stream access
Probably another tenant house on the
non-creek side of the road
Passed the crossing of the Blue and White Trails
We turned around at the crossing of the Yellow Trail
Heading back on the multi-use trail
Our bus was waiting, bottles of water were handed out, and we were driven back to the home!

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