20 May

Rider Park Open House

05/20/2018
12:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Rider Park

Rider Park is one of Pennsylvania’s great scenic and recreational treasures - 867 acres of private land available to the public 365 days a year for hiking, trail running, mountain bike riding, cross country skiing and other low impact recreational activities.  The park offers 15 miles of major and secondary trails leading to three breathtaking vistas.  Choose from four major trails appropriate for various fitness levels—from the 0.5 mile Francis X. Kennedy Trail with its 252 foot vertical rise to the 3.6 mile Cheryl Trail with a 560 vertical rise.  Visitors can combine the trails for longer hikes or continue on to trails in the adjacent Loyalsock State Forest. Rider Park is the legacy of local businessman and civic leader, Thomas J. Rider, who wanted to share his love of recreation and the outdoors with the people of Lycoming County.

View the Park Map and Brochure.

Upcoming Events

Rider Park Open House

Sunday, May 20, 2018  12:00 - 5:00 PM
Grab your family and plan to spend a relaxing afternoon while connecting with nature!  Complimentary activities including: Bird Watching; Children’s Crafts; Hikes and Wildflower Walks; Science in the Park Displays; and Snake & Bat Shows.  Event Schedule

All Open House parking will be at the Eldred Township Volunteer Fire Company, 5556 Warrensville Road, starting at 11:30 AM. From this site, a shuttle service will transport guests to Rider Park.  To ensure safety for all visiting guests, we ask that only service animals visit the Park during the Open House.  Closed-toe shoes are encouraged.

 

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  • Cost: Free
  • Event Website: https://www.fcfpartnership.org/rider-park
  • Rider Park is a gift of the late Thomas J. Rider to the residents of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. Mr. Rider included a special request that the Sisters of Christian Charity and Divine Providence Hospital, now part of Susquehanna Health System, use the area for employee recreation and patient rehabilitation. He also provided funds for the maintenance of the park.

    A noted businessman and civic leader, Mr. Rider strongly believed in the benefits of a life of community service. Rider Park is a fitting legacy. Located in Lycoming County, north of Warrensville, Pennsylvania, the park has over 867 acres of woodlands and meadows and is a tribute to a man whose life embodied a healthy balance of work, volunteerism and the enjoyment of recreation.

    Hours
    Rider Park is free and open daily to the public from dawn to dusk.

    Directions
    From Williamsport, take I-180 East/US–220 North toward Montoursville. Take the Warrensville Road Exit. Turn left on Warrensville Road just before the bridge to Montoursville. Travel North on Warrensville Road to Warrensville, past the junction of Route 973. Approximately one mile from that intersection, turn right onto Caleb Creek Road. Take Caleb Creek Road for about 1.7 miles to the parking lot and gate to Rider Park. Please observe the 15 mph speed limit.

    Activities
    Rider Park is an 867 acre low impact park offering a variety of outdoor activities. The activities permitted in the park are: hiking, picnicking, cross-country skiing, mountain biking, trail running, bird watching and snow shoeing. There are three scenic vistas along park trails.

    Facilities
    A covered pavilion with picnic tables and seating for 40 is available for your use. It may be reserved free of charge for picnics, family reunions, or other special gatherings by calling 570-321-1500 or through the Request to use Rider Park Form. One handicapped accessible portable restroom facility is available.

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