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Tyler State Park, Newtown

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Tyler State Park is a Pennsylvania state park on 1,711 acres (692 ha) in Newtown and Northampton Townships, Bucks County, Pennsylvania in the United States.
Park roads, trails, and facilities are carefully nestled within the original farm and woodland setting. Neshaminy Creek meanders through the park, dividing the land into several sections. Before becoming a state park, the land was owned by Mr. and Mrs. George F. Tyler who purchased the land between 1919 and 1928. Their first purchase was the Solly Farm, currently leased to Hostelling International at the north end of the park. The Solly House served as the Tyler’s country home until the George F. Tyler Mansion was constructed. The mansion is now the administration building of the Bucks County Community College.

The Tylers developed an Ayrshire dairy herd. In addition, they raised poultry, sheep and pigs, and had a stable of about 25 fine riding horses. The croplands were mainly used to supply feed for the livestock.

Old original stone dwellings in the park stand as fine examples of early farm dwellings of rural Pennsylvania. Some structures date back to the early 18th century. A date stone (1775) can be found on a house located by the bicycle trail north of the pedestrian causeway in the center of the park. Ten original farm dwellings are currently being leased as private residences.

The land for the park was acquired as part of the Project 70 Land Acquisition and Borrowing Act, with the governor approving the acquisition on November 17, 1964. The park was formally dedicated on May 25, 1974.
Tyler State Park contains a 36-hole disc golf course and a former landfill, which is now mainly used for archaeological digs by students from Council Rock School District elementary schools.

Tyler State Park is home to many different species of birds. The creek is home to water snakes, turtles, and eels. The secluded sections of the park are home to foxes, deer, beavers, wild turkey, rabbits, and black bears.

One of the main attractions in the park is the Schofield Ford Covered Bridge, originally built in 1874. The bridge burned down due to arson on October 7, 1991, but was rebuilt with raised funds and reopened on September 7, 1997.
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  • It was maybe 10 yrs since my last visit but today very enjoyable at the park with a warm snap of 76 degrees, everyone was out enjoying the trees and water views. Enjoyed the walk to various barns...  more »
  • Tyler State Park is a beautiful part located in Bucks County. The trails are nice , but there were a lot of trees down on some of the trails, so you have to crouch down to get by. The fall foliage.....  more »
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  • Beautiful park to go to. I started searching it out for photography reasons and found some great new places to try. The section I was in was very well maintained. I saw many walking trails and even a Disc Golf Course which I didn't even know it was a thing. Looking forward to exploring many more areas of the park.
  • Great place to take a walk, hike, have a picnic or bike ride. Good place to bring your dog or children to. There is both paved and unpaved trails. Beautiful creek! There is a covered bridge. You can rent canoe, kayak or paddle board. We saw horses being ridden too!
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