What to do in Neshaminy State 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, Mr. Logan's estate "Sarobia" was given to the state upon his death in 1956. The property had in turn been a wedding gift to Robert Logan and his wife, the former Sarah Wetherill of Philadelphia, by the bride's parents. 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.

Neshaminy State Park is a terrific day use park, especially for boating enthusiasts. There is access to the Delaware River at the marina and one additional location. Approximately two hundred and fifty marina slips are rented seasonally. The picnicking area and the swimming pool are very popular attractions at the park. In addition, fishing offers a variety of warm water species along this stretch of the river. The park provides access to several hiking trails (4.0 mi.) which vary from flat (sea level) to gently sloping.

The level terrain of the park facilitates movement by visitors with disabilities. Accessible picnic tables and parking spaces have been designated throughout 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, Mr. Logan's estate "Sarobia" was given to the state upon his death in 1956. The property had in turn been a wedding gift to Robert Logan and his wife, the former Sarah Wetherill of Philadelphia, by the bride's parents. 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.

Dunks Ferry Road, forming the eastern boundary of the park, is one of the oldest roads in Pennsylvania. Beginning in 1679, Dunken Williams operated a ferry across the Delaware River. The road gave travelers access to his ferry, and today, over three hundred years later, "Dunks Ferry'' Road perpetuates both his name and enterprise.

During the mid 1700's, a large inn was built to serve travelers. Operated by many owners over the years, the Dunk's Ferry Inn had a colorful history. One of the most successful owners was John Vandergrift, who also had a profitable shad fishing business for thirty-nine years during the late 1800's.

Even though the river flows another 116 miles from here to the ocean, you're 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's called an estuary. Plants and animals from two worlds meet here, some from the ocean and some from upstream headwaters.

You can still find remnants of wetlands at Neshaminy. Take a River Walk brochure and use it to discover Neshaminy State Park.

Recreation
Neshaminy State Park is a terrific day-use park, especially for boating enthusiasts. There is access to the Delaware River at the marina and one additional location. Approximately two hundred and fifty marina slips are rented seasonally.

The picnicking area and the swimming pool are very popular attractions at the park. In addition, fishing offers a variety of warm water species along this stretch of the river.

The park provides access to several hiking trails (4.0 mi.) which vary from flat (sea level) to gently sloping.

The Play masters Theatre Workshop, located on State Road, offers entertainment throughout the year. A schedule of shows is available by contacting: The Play masters Theatre Workshop, P.O. Box 6012, Philadelphia, PA 19114, 215-245-7850.

The level terrain of the park facilitates movement by visitors with disabilities. Accessible picnic tables and parking spaces have been designated throughout the park.

Location
Neshaminy State Park is located in the southeastern area of Pennsylvania at the intersection of State Road and Dunks Ferry Road. The park is easily reached from the PA Route 132 (Street Road) Exit of Interstate 95. Boating access to the Delaware River is provided at the marina use area.

Climate
Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The Neshaminy State Park area has cold winter months with temperatures averaging above 28 degrees Fahrenheit (above -2 degrees Celsius). The area's average summer temperatures range above 74 degrees Fahrenheit (23 Celsius).

Address
3401 State Road
Bensalem, PA 19020-5930

Phone: 215-639-4538

Email: neshaminy@dcnr.state.pa.us
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