Tyler State Park
Located just off of Swamp Road in Newtown, Pennsylvania, Tyler State Park tops the local nature scenes. It’s 1,711 acres are filled with fields, forests, and wetlands that provide scenic views and a natural habitat for various plants and animals. During my visit, I discovered that the trails throughout the park lead to all sorts of fun and interesting things.
Originally a farm, many of the acres in the park are still used for growing crops. Some old farm buildings are still
in use; some are leased as residences. The Neshaminy Creek flows throughout Tyler and is used for boating and fishing. There are picnic tables, and there are trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. There’s also a playground, soccer field, softball field, 27-hole disc golf (Frisbee) course, hostel, and canoe rental.
Langhorne Players Theater
The Langhorne Players theater is inside the park. Originally an old grain mill (The Spring Garden Mill), today it hosts plays and cultural events. Each year, five plays run from spring through fall. When I stopped by, the stage crew was working on the set of an upcoming play, True West (a comedy by Sam Shepard). They were a friendly bunch and proudly gave me a tour of the theater. They got a good laugh at my reaction to the 30 or so toasters lying in wait for True West.
Schofield Ford Covered Bridge
Bucks County’s longest covered bridge is located three-quarters of a mile from the park’s Swamp Road entrance. Although it was recently refurbished, the original structure was built in 1874 with good old mud and horsehair. It’s no longer used as a roadway, but you can get to it on foot. Just follow the signs.
Green Living Workshops
This year, Tyler is hosting a series of green living workshops beginning on January 29. Topics include winter interest gardens, home composting, organic vegetable gardening, rain gardens, and pollinator gardens.
Take to the Trails
Here are a few tips you may want to consider before heading off to the park.
Bring bottled water.
Dress in layers.
Bring your cell phone in case you lose your way on the trails.
If you plan to walk the trails, consider bringing a pedometer with you so you can see how far you’ve walked.
If you’re wondering what kind of dog you might like to have, go to the dam area on a weekend. You’re likely to
see lots of breeds in action and have a chance to talk with their humans. Plus, that’s where the ice cream truck stops.
Don’t leave your telephoto lens in the car; you’ll wish you had it with you.
Binoculars might be a good idea if you hope to get a better look at some of the birds.
Don’t bother bringing your duck call. They’ve heard it before and know it’s not real.