Hike the White Trail in Ridley Creek State Park

5 miles 450 ft gain  - Loop Trail

Added by John Maurizi

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.

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Not bad (even in winter)

Overall an easy hike, with pretty winter scenery. A bit crowded for winter but as the other reviewers mentioned it is a good hike for exercise all the same.

Average

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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