Hike the White Trail in Ridley Creek State Park

Ridley Creek State Park - Pavilion #9

A fairly level hike, good for some exercise and a stroll along the Ridley Creek.

The white trail is the only true loop hike in the park. Strangely enough, it has no official trailhead. You can gain access to the trail from either Pavilion/picnic are #9 or Pavilion/picnic area #16. I chose picnic area #9 and hiked in a clockwise direction. This section starts very close to and follows Ridley Creek. You do have access to Ridley Creek for a short distance where there is a side trail along the bank of the river.

The trail is easy to follow and I would consider this a beginner hike. The trail is about 5 miles in length with less than 450 feet of elevation gain. It's a nice trail through the forest however, there are no view points other than when you approach Ridley Creek and along the social riverbank trail. Great for some exercise but not for view points.  I imagine this would be an excellent trail during the fall to see the autumn colors of the trees.

Pack List

  • Light hiking shoes
  • camera
  • water
  • park map (can be found at the Hunting Hill Mansion also in the park)
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RT Distance 5 Miles
Elevation Gain 450 Feet
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Loop
Features
Scenic

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Very average hike. It was crowded, muddy, and difficult to follow the trail in places. Also there was construction along the trail where they were cutting trees and making a cleared area for a pipeline. It made completing the loop difficult because we had to find ways to go around a lot of the stuff. You also had to cross the road on the trail multiple times. The decent part was the walk along the river bank. There are better areas to hike!


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