Peace Valley Park
1,500 acres — 14.0 miles of trails
What’s to love
Lake Galena is named after the lead mining operation that once occupied this park (apparently, “galena” is the main ore of lead). In the 1970’s, Bucks County seized the property and dammed the Neshaminy Creek, creating the picturesque 365-acre reservoir that exists today.
Along the many hiking trails that circle the reservoir, you can find pieces of the community that once existed here, including the ruins of an old barn and farmhouse. Peace Valley’s trails wind through mature woods full of maples, oaks, ashes and tulip trees, and through open meadows of wildflowers. Fruiting trees and berries have survived the old farm, and wildlife is abundant.
Today, Peace Valley Park is home to a solar-powered nature center that organizes community nature walks and moonlight hikes. There’s also a bird blind, picnicking grounds and boat rentals—all in all, a great place to spend a day either relaxing or exploring.
Tips and quirks
- The main loop around the reservoir is paved, but some of the side trails are a bit overgrown and may be difficult to navigate in the warmer seasons (this blog post offers a very comprehensive review of the more off-beat trails).
- Check out the trails north west of the lake for plenty of deer sightings. The trail called Deer Path lived up to its name for me.
- This is another excellent location for birding, with 250 species reported.
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Last updated: December 30, 2018