Dec 16, 2021
You don’t have to go far from home to find exciting experiences for you and your kids. I live in Bucks County PA and happy to share my favorite hiking spots. I visit these local gems monthly if not weekly and could ask for better spots to hike Bucks County with kids or toddlers/babies.
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Peace Valley has a heavily trafficked 10k paved pathway that goes around Lake Galena. The paved path attracts runners (commonly myself with my jogging strollers), cyclists (I cycle my toddler around this path), walkers, boaters and bird watchers. On a sunny summer's day this path is inundated with people.
However, luckily for me (and now you), on the east side of the park there is a network of trails that are unknown to most; they are truly a hidden gem! They are the perfect spot in Bucks County to hike with kids and toddlers.
I park at the northeast side of the park off of N. Chapman Road. From here you can walk the paved path down the hill and over the bridge, just past the lake area are entrances to hiking trails. I take the first trail on my right, called the Habitat Trail, and from there you have plenty of trail options.
Single Trail Section. My 2 Year Old walking while I carry my baby using Lillebaby Carrier
The trails range from single person wide to three person wide, depending on the trail. My toddler's favorite hike is to take the trails that lead to the creek beds. From the Habitat Trail I turn left onto Swamp Trail which leads to the water. Once at the creek beds we spend half an hour or so throwing rocks into the creek and trying to learn how to skip rocks. I always have to drag my kids away from the creek bed to continue hiking.
There are several different locations where the trail intersects with the creek or small streams that you can rock hop on and explore. Depending on the time of year and the amount of rainfall these ideal spots will change up. I love exploring with my two and seeing which spot is the best spot each time.
Both my toddlers (19 months and 3 year old) are able to fully hike this on their own. Once in a while they are tired and I might have to carry them on the way back. We commonly go hiking for around 2 hours and stop for a 20 minute snack break taking the Habitat Trail to the Swamp Trail and looping back. You could be out for longer as there are plenty of trails, but I find 2 hours is a good length for the kiddos if I want them to walk most, if not all of it.
If you are going with two parents or one parent and one child you can plan a longer visit. When my husband is with me we add on the Far Out Loop trail to add distance. Just plan on bringing your hiking backpack or soft carrier for your child. I use Kelty Journey PerfectFit Signature hiking backpack and Lillebaby Carrier shown below.
Dogs are not allowed on the hiking trails in Peace Valley.
High Rocks has a more dramatic landscape and it is famous for rock climbers. The cliff is made from red Brunswick shale and was formed in ancient times. The park has 100 climbing options, but isn’t only used for rock climbers. The park offers extensive hiking trails, mountain biking, whitewater rafting and camping options. The trails are marked with different color blazes on the trees that my 3 year old has a great time spotting.
I park off of Tory Road at High Rock Vista Parking area. Fences are found along the cliff edges making it safer for little ones to be around the yellow trail. At the cliff edge there are views down to the Tohickon Creek which makes its way to the Delaware River. This view is stunning during fall foliage and spring blossom.
My three year old can hike on his own with some spots needing a hand up or down. My 19 month old can also hike but more commonly needs assistance at different spots, especially the trail leading along the cliff edge.
I plan 2 to 3 hours for this spot and expect a combination of carrying my toddlers as well as letting them hike themselves. There are a couple different spots to stop for snacks that provide a log for the family to sit on. The picture below is located at the turning point of the hiking trail that followed the cliff trail (yellow trail into the orange trail). My toddlers can normally hike the whole way to this point.
Once at the point mentioned above you can take a short cut down to get to the creek or you can continue hiking. My boys and dog like to go down to the creek and throw a couple stones in before continuing.
I use Skip Hop snack co****ntainers and **water bottle**s for hiking with my toddlers, shown below. Skip Hop items come in all different options featuring different animals; I have the dog and monkey sets.
This spot holds a special spot in my heart, when both my boys were born this was the first hike we would take them on as infants, I even have my favorite breastfeeding rock! I also have been able to hike these trails and marvel at the views throughout my whole pregnancy.
Dogs are allowed here.
Nockam****ixon State Park offers a great network of trails. This park is known for hiking, camping, fishing, boating, mountain biking and hunting. The park has different sections and is over 5,000 acres with Lake Nockamixon in the center.
The hiking trails I commonly use are north of the lake and off Karagon Road. This parking area offers only a handful of spots, but I have never seen it fully occupied. After parking you can easily see the Quarry Trail that you can either take left or right. I commonly start right (south) and follow the trail. This trail leads you through the woods, to nice lake views and past a nice private picini bench that is perfect for snack time.
The views are gorgeous and perfect during fall foliage. The terrain is slightly up and down but overall easy. Both my toddlers are capable of hiking here with minimal help. I do not expect them to hike the whole way around from Karagon Road parking spot and bring the hiking backpack along.
For a shorter easier hike you can park at the Fishing Pier. From here you can take a paved path to the Nockamixon State Park WaterFall. From the waterfall you have an option to turn around and go back (½ mile walk) or head onto a trail. One trail goes over the creek via a rock wall and gives you the feeling of being out in the middle of nowhere.
Another option is to head right after the waterfall to the Old Mill Trail, a loop that will end back at the waterfall. This trail goes through the woods and then around a nice field. At the far end of the field is a picnic bench perfect for a snack break.
I plan 3 hours for the Quarry Trail and 1.5 hour-2 hours for the Old Mill Trail taking into consideration snack breaks and toddler speed.
Dogs are allowed to join.
Bucks County is known for its canal path along the Delaware River. I have fond memories of cycling this path as young as a kid. The possibilities of where you want to go on the Canal path are endless, but I do have a favorite hiking section to take my kids, dog and husband on.
You will find a parking lot in Point Pleasant Pa called Point Pleasant Community Park. There are only a handful of spots, but I have never had issues. After you park your car you will have to walk south towards Point Pleasant, passed the car bridge and take your first left hand turn. This will lead you to a foot bridge over the canal and the tow path which starts the hike.
From the car park it is only a 5 minute walk.
The hike is completely flat and only a little over a mile, so both my toddlers are capable of walking. As you near Lumberville you will get a great view of the pedestrian bridge from PA to NJ. The bridge is worth the walk across as you enter Lumberville.
Lumberville is a small town that has a great general store. The Lumberville general store is across from the Black Bass (under the same management) and a perfect spot for breakfast, brunch or lunch. The establishment has a great outdoor seating option year long with fire pits and heat lamps. Dogs are welcome outside; inside the general store you can find free dog biscuits.
I love to take the family on this hike and stop for a meal before heading back on a bright blue sky day. We almost always sit outside with our dog and we've never been disappointed. Length of trip will be determined on how long you stay at the general store and enjoy!
The Black Bass along the river would be a great date night spot for when you leave the kids at home!
Hiking Bucks County with toddlers is a treat. There are many different great options that have miles and miles of trails. If you want to get more into hiking with kids check out some additional resources.
For those of you with a baby check out: Hiking With A Baby.
It is essential to Dress your baby or toddler correctly for a hike. A cold or wet child is NOT going to be in a good mood for a hike.
Hope this help you find hiking Bucks County with Toddlers locations!