Evansburg State Park
Green space and natural solitude along the banks of Skippack Creek
A mix of cropland, meadows, old fields and mature woodlands, Evansburg State Park offers a chance to relax in the tranquility of the natural world — a welcome respite amid the growth of surrounding communities in Montgomery County.
There’s also plenty for the sports enthusiast: a golf course, 4 regulation baseball fields, 15 miles of designated trails for horseback riding, a five-mile mountain bike trail, some 150 picnic tables and more than 1,000 acres open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons.
And fishing. There’s plenty of fishing. Skippack Creek, which runs through the park, is stocked with bass and trout, along with more uncommon finds like eel and catfish.
The earliest inhabitants of this narrow valley were the Unami of the Lenni Lenape (Delaware) Nation. It was later settled and farmed by Mennonites, who utilized the water of Skippack Creek to power their industries.
Even now, mill remnants, mill buildings and houses from the 18th and 19th century dot the park landscape and serve as reminders of early American life.
Today, as communities surrounding the park grow and expand, preservation of this significant area of unspoiled, natural beauty in Montgomery County is growing ever more important. The park regularly holds environmental education programs targeted for children and young adults.
Meanwhile, the nearby Skippack Golf Course is a par 71. Though slightly more than 6,000 yards in length, the course plays longer on account of its beautiful, rolling terrain.
Watch for poison Ivy. Cyclists must stick to bike paths. The Picnic Pavilion holds 60 people. If it isn’t reserved, it’s free on a first-come, first-served basis. The Park closes at sunset. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited and pets must be leashed.
The eight-arch stone bridge spanning Skippack Creek on Germantown Pike, built in 1792, is the oldest bridge in continuous, heavy use in the nation. And the visitor center, an early 18th century Mennonite farmhouse, is a great place for bird-watching.
The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has an ambitious program of environmental education that strives to create a more informed citizenry. The activities, which are scheduled March through November, emphasize environmental knowledge, responsibility, motivation and commitment. Find out more at their website.