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Description - Ralph Stover State Park marks the site of a water powered grain mill of the late 18th century. The park, named for Ralph Stover who owned and operated the mill, contains remnants of the mill, including the millrace. This millrace diverted the water from above the dam to power the mill.

This lovely day use state park offers a few other amenities that the majority of PA state parks don't offer. Whitewater boating and rock climbing are the two unique recreation opportunities. In addition, warm water fishing is offered in Tohickon Creek. Picnicking at several locations offer beautiful scenic vistas such as the outstanding view of a horseshoe bend in Tohickon Creek and the surrounding forest.

Attractions - Ralph Stover State Park marks the site of a water powered grain mill of the late 18th century. The park, named for Ralph Stover who owned and operated the mill, contains remnants of the mill, including the millrace. This millrace diverted the water from above the dam to power the mill.

Since the gift of this property for use as a state park, from the Stover heirs to the Commonwealth in 1931, an additional property known as the "High Rocks" was added through the donation of the late James A. Michener, a noted author. This area is popular for its spectacular views and geological features and is used extensively as a rock-climbing site. The 200-foot sheer rock face of this cliff offers a unique challenge to the experienced climber.

Recreation - This lovely day use state park offers a few other amenities that the majority of PA state parks don't offer. Whitewater boating and rock climbing are the two unique recreation opportunities. In addition, warm water fishing is offered in Tohickon Creek. Picnicking at several locations offer beautiful scenic vistas such as the outstanding view of a horseshoe bend in Tohickon Creek and the surrounding forest.

Climate - Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The Ralph Stover State Park area has cold winter months with temperatures averaging around 24 to 28 degrees Fahrenheit (-4 to -2 degrees Celsius). The area's average summer temperatures range above 74 degrees Fahrenheit (above 23 Celsius).

Location - Ralph Stover State Park is 2 miles north of Point Pleasant on State Park Road and Stump Road. Situated in eastern Bucks County, the park contains 45 acres along the Tohickon Creek in southeastern Pennsylvania.


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Filed By: Mark Decker (Perkasie, PA)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Love hiking here! I start by parking at the entrance at the end of Stump Rd, cross the wooden bridge, and half way up Stover Park Rd take a right into the woods and pickup the trail to High Rocks. From High Rocks you can keep going all the way to the trail head by the campsites. Wear good supportive hiking shoes as there are a lot of rocks and roots to navigate, which may also be wet. There're a few ups and downs that may have you catching your breath if you're out of shape. The whole hike takes about two hours out and back. If you go early enough in the morning you may have long stretches of not encountering anyone else. Watch out for the mountain bikers who also have their own trails in sections. Not much wildlife beyond deer and small animals to be seen but the forest is old growth so you never know. Very quiet and peaceful and yet only 1.5hrs from Philly. Take you litter out with you please. At the campsite trailhead there are restrooms and a water pump (in season).

Filed By: Tim Case (Princeton , NJ)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: If there are any bears,when would they be safely in hibernation?


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Contact Information:
Ralph Stover State Park, c/o Delaware Canal State Park, R.R. 1, Box 615-A , Upper Black Eddy, PA, 18972-9540, Phone: 610-982-5560
, delaware@dcnr.state.pa.us

Additional Information:
Pennsylvania State Parks and Forests - Pennsylvania is known for producing some of the most valuable hardwood timber in the world. The 2.1 million acres of state forest land are protected from fire, destructive insects and diseases while offering a beautiful recreation environment for the visitor. Pennsylvania's State Park system offers visitors year-round recreational enjoyment as well. Amenities include: camping, picnicking, hiking, an assortment of winter sports and the viewing of the natural biological diversity and ecosystems found within the Commonwealth.
Philadelphia, Country-Side, Lehigh Valley Area - The Philadelphia area is historically rich and diverse in natural resources. This beautiful area beacons as a vacation destination.

Links:
Pennsylvania State Parks - Official agency website

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