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Neshaminy State Park

3401 State Road
Bensalem, PA 19020


Neshaminy State Park is along the Delaware River in lower Bucks County. The park takes its name from Neshaminy Creek, which joins the Delaware River at this point.

The park’s 339 acres include picnic areas, a swimming pool, and a separate children’s spray park. Boating access to the Delaware River is provided at the marina.

Hiking at Neshaminy State Park

4 miles of trails

Logan Walk
0.57 mile

This activity or structure is ADA accessible.
This is the original drive to the former Robert Logan home, which has been removed. The tree-lined walk is used by visitors for numerous recreational activities and serves as a park service road. The walk is paved and ADA accessible.

River Walk Trail
0.92 mile

This trail follows the shoreline and gives views of the river with its boating traffic and also explores the tidal marsh.

The River Walk brochure compares the past to the present and describes some of the river inhabitants like sturgeon, shad, and eel. Puzzles help children explore the estuary, river, and tidal marsh. This self-guiding brochure is available at the park office.

Eagles Forest Trail
0.4 mile

This trail allows visitors to explore and learn about the Philadelphia Eagles’ “Go Green” initiative and the importance of healthy forests and healthy habitat.

Interior Park Trails
The following trails explore the interior of the park and are a great way to discover animals and plants:

Oak Lane -- 0.22 mile
Locust Lane -- 0.58 mile
Beaver Lane -- 0.29 mile
Buck Alley -- 0.26 mile
Pool, Playground, And Picnic Trails
The following trails provide access to the pool, playground, and picnic areas within the park.

 This activity or structure is ADA accessible. All of East Walk and part of West Walk are ADA accessible.
East Walk -- 0.17 mile
West Walk -- 0.17 mile
South Walk -- 0.24 mile
Playground Road -- 0.14 mile
Winks Lane -- 0.44 mile

Picnicking at Neshaminy State Park

Neshaminy has three picnic pavilions that may be reserved up to 11 months in advance for a fee.

Unreserved picnic pavilions are free on a first-come, first-served basis.

Call toll-free 888-PA-PARKS to reserve a picnic pavilion

Swimming at Neshaminy State Park

The Neshaminy swimming pool and children’s spray pool are open from the Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day.

Lifeguards are on duty when the pools are open.

For their safety, all children ten years of age or younger must be accompanied by a person at least 14 years of age. Children without such supervision will be asked to leave the pool.

Swimming is prohibited in the Delaware River from Neshaminy State Park.

Wildlife Watching at Neshaminy State Park

The Delaware Estuary
Can you feel the ocean’s tides in Pennsylvania? You can at Neshaminy State Park.

Waves will not knock you down, but if you watch the river, you can see it rise or fall an inch a minute for an overall change of seven feet between tides. Even though the river flows another 116 miles from here to the ocean, you are at sea level.

When the tide comes in at a New Jersey beach, the water rises here also. Because tides affect this part of the river, it is called an estuary.

American Indians used the rise and fall of tides to trap fish. They built low fences in the river. At high tide, the fish swam over the top of the fence. As the tide went out, the fish were trapped and easily speared.

The Neshaminy freshwater estuary is a unique place. Plants and animals from two worlds meet here, some from the ocean and some from upstream headwaters.

Tidal Marsh Natural Area

This 71-acre state park natural area encompasses part of the freshwater intertidal zone along the shores of the Delaware River and Neshaminy Creek. This area contains wetlands and unique plants.

Eagles Forest

The forest is part of the Philadelphia Eagles football team's “Go Green” program that focuses on offsetting the Eagles organization’s environmental impact and gets fans interested in conserving natural resources. During 2007, the Philadelphia Eagles kicked off the Eagles Forest at Neshaminy State Park by planting hundreds of trees and shrubs. Together, the Eagles and the DCNR are laying the cornerstone for a healthy forest and healthy habitat.

Boating at Neshaminy State Park

unlimited hp motors permitted

Privately-owned boats may be launched on the Delaware River at the two boat access areas.

Neshaminy State Park Marina
About 370 marina slips for boats are rented seasonally. Demand for these spaces is always high and waiting lists are maintained.

Fishing at Neshaminy State Park

A variety of warmwater fish species can be found in this stretch of the Delaware River and Neshaminy Creek.

Common species are:

Largemouth and smallmouth bass
The park also is a popular area in the spring for the annual run of striped bass.

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission regulations and laws apply.

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