Though folks looking for a strenuous run with lots of elevation gain may not find what they're looking for at Tyler State Park, this network of mostly paved paths provides an easy and scenic outdoor experience in Bucks County that accommodates visitors of all ages and abilities.
This loop run heads from the Boat House parking area up along Neshaminy Creek to the Schofield Ford Covered Bridge and back along a few paved trails, accessing the hiking-only Nature Trail
as a final reward.
Lots of paved trails to choose from for those looking for sure-footed trail tread without motor vehicle traffic. The Nature Trail
is a natural surface hike-only trail for a more classic trail running experience.
From the main Boat House parking area, head across the Pedestrian Causeway downstream from one of the dams. At the first intersection, look for signage for the Mill Dairy Trail
and Neshaminy Creek Trail
and turn right (north). Stay straight (north), following the Mill Dairy Trail
along the boundary of an open field. At the next main intersection, turn right (northeast) onto the Dairy Hill Trail
to link up with the Neshaminy Creek Trail
. This section of trail can be bypassed by staying straight and continuing on a connector from the Mill Dairy Trail
toward the Dairy Hill Trail
and cutting over to the Neshaminy Creek Trail
Staying with this route, take the Neshaminy Creek Trail
to the left (west) to follow above the banks of the creek as the trail bends to the north toward the Schofield Ford Covered Bridge. This scenic spot is a favorite among photographers and anglers for its scenic charm, especially in the autumn months when leaves are changing. There are a few picnic tables across the bridge to relax and enjoy a snack or rest before you continue on the Covered Bridge Trail
to the southwest.
Just over two miles from the start, you'll arrive at an intersection with a drinking fountain. Turn right onto the White Pine Trail
to follow the western boundary of the park to the Dairy Hill Trail
. Take the Dairy Hill Trail
to the left (northeast) for a brief section before looking for the Number One Lane Trail
to the right (southeast).
Stay on the Number One Lane Trail
, passing another opportunity to fill up at a water fountain, crossing through more exposed fields. The wooded area ahead of you is where the hike-only Nature Trail
loops around Porter Run (either leg of the loop can be used), providing the return section to the Neshaminy Creek Trail
and Pedestrian Causeway.
Neshaminy Creek is stocked with trout and home to other warm-water species. PA Fish and Boat Commission regulations/laws apply.
This area was originally inhabited by the Lenni Lenape people. Some of the land was purchased from William Penn in 1682 and numerous mills, barns, and houses were built over the following decades. Schofield Ford Covered Bridge was built in 1873 to connect Newtown and Northampton Townships. The bridge burned down in 1991 and was reconstructed in 1997.