Ralph Stover State Park High Rocks Hike
|In This Guide|
|Distance||2.7 miles (4.3 km)|
|Hike Time||1:30 Hours (Total)|
|Total Ascent (?)||220 feet (67m)|
|Highest Elevation||408 feet (124m)|
|Fees & Permits||Free|
|Park Website||Ralph Stover State Park|
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The High Rocks hike at Ralph Stover State Park is a local’s favorite. The High Rocks trail follows along a (fenced) 200 foot sheer rock face cliff overlooking Tohickon Creek, eventually reaching the creek itself. As you hike along High Rocks, you might notice ropes leading off the cliff edge, it’s a popular spot for climbers. And as you look down into Tohickon Creek (Lenape for “Deer-Bone-Creek”), keep your eyes open for whitewater kayakers. It’ss a popular whitewater kayaking spot when spring rains flood it. Occasionally they release water from Lake Nockamixon, another popular time for kayakers. It’s a fun hike on many levels, and offers that quintessential Bucks County scenery that people drive miles for.
The park has an interesting history. The High Rocks section of Ralph Stover State Park was donated in 1956 by James A. Michener, author of books such as Alaska and Texas. You can walk the trails that he once enjoyed. The original park dates to 1931.
Getting to the Ralph Stover State Park High Rocks Hike
There are a few ways to start this hike. These hike directions start at a big lot with bathrooms. Be sure to use the address below. Map programs could take you to the other parking areas.
Use this GPS address: 5987 State Park Rd, Plumstead Township, PA, 18947, USA.
Gear for the Hike
Hiking gear helps on the primitive trails here, but you certainly don’t require it, you can get away with casual or fitness clothing too.
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Ralph Stover State Park High Rocks Trail Maps
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Ralph Stover State Park High Rocks Hike Directions
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Turn by Turn Hike Directions
A note about the blazes. There’s a white blaze, yellow blaze, and red dot blaze. The trails here used to be marked much better, but these days they’ve been spotty. In general you want to follow the yellow blaze, but these directions are more precise. Stick to these directions or the GPX file if in doubt.
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