Neshaminy State Park
A tidal estuary along the banks of Neshaminy Creek, more than 100 miles upriver from the Delaware Bay
The ocean’s tides show themselves here, where the fresh waters of Neshaminy Creek meet the Delaware River. Salty ocean waters, pushing 100 miles upstream, create a tidal estuary.
If you’ve got a boat, you can launch it here at the full service marina, and you might want to bring your fishing gear. Swimming is not permitted in the river, but there’s a large pool and spray fountains for hot summer days. Meanwhile, two picnic areas are great spots for a group gathering.
There’s also great hiking — four miles of it. If the wooded trails that wind through the 330-acre park are too much for you, stick to Logan Walk, a paved drive to the mansion that once occupied this site.
American Indians once used the rise and fall of these tides to trap fish, building low fences in the river and spearing the ones that were caught behind it when the tide went out.
Much later, in 1679, Dunken Williams operated a ferry across the Delaware River from this spot. Today, three centuries later, the road that gave travelers access to his ferry remains as one of the oldest in Pennsylvania and forms the eastern boundary of the park.
The major portion of what is now Neshaminy State Park was a gift to the Commonwealth by Mr. Robert R. Logan, a descendant of James Logan, colonial secretary to founder William Penn. The Logan’s home has been removed, but many of their furnishings and belongings are now in the collections of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
Logan Walk is paved and handicapped accessible. Picnic pavilions may be reserved up to 11 months in advance, otherwise they’re free on a first-come, first-served basis.
The park closes at sunset, alcoholic beverages are prohibited and pets must be leashed.
The Playmasters Theatre Workshop, located in The Playhouse on State Road, offers entertainment throughout the year. A schedule of shows is available by contacting the Playmasters at (215) 245-7850.
The River Walk Trail offers an incredible view of the Philadelphia skyline from Logan Point, which gets its name from James Logan, the colonial secretary to Pennsylvania’s founder William Penn.
A major portion of what is now Neshaminy State Park was Logan’s old estate, “Sarobia,” a gift to the Commonwealth by Robert Logan upon his death in 1956.
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.