2022 Great Outdoors Guide: Activities

Make a day of outdoor fun in Bucks with this list of activities! Go on a scavenger hunt for covered bridges, watch a drive-in movie, or get motivated for a hike. Take advantage of the early fall weather outdoors while you can and check some of the Bucks activities on your bucket list!

Your guide to hiking and biking in Bucks

Whether you’re a beginner, an avid hiker or biker, or an expert, there are trails for you in your county. Let us organize it for you based on skill level and popular trails so you can choose the adventure that’s right for you!

Beginner Friendly

Delaware’s beloved canal towpath

Walk the flat, easy towpath through Bucks, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties to explore the area around you! The towpath is 60 miles long and pet friendly. It is the ideal starting point for a beginner for an easy walk, run and bike ride.

Ringing Rocks Hike

This is an easy 0.8 mile loop near Upper Black Eddy and takes about 21 minutes to complete. Where does it get its name from? Glad you asked. The seven-acre field is known as the rining rocks because of the sounds the rocks make when hit with a hammer. Be sure to check this gem out on a nice day and bring a hammer!

Lake Towhee Park

Explore this 549 acre park with your family and friends on a walk, bike ride or run! The park also offers a baseball diamond, boating, fishing, picnicking, and more. Take the afternoon for a friendly ball game and have a sunset picnic in the evening after an active day.

For the view

Ralph Stover State Park – High Rocks Trail

If you like hiking to admire the view, you have found the right place. The High Rocks Trail connects two parks, Ralph Stover and Tohickon Valley Park. The trail is 2.7 miles and takes approximately 90 minutes to complete. Take in views of Tohickon Creek and watch out for whitewater kayakers as they race down the creek.

Silver Lake Nature Center and Park

This park with approximately 4.5 miles of nature trails has a gem of a lake to admire throughout your time. All trails are easy to navigate and perfect for beginners. For great views of the lake, follow the trail along it to find an observation deck overlooking the water. Stay here for the day in Bristol Township and take in the views!

The high rocks

Photo credit: Tyler Cranden for The Outbound

Covered Bridge Hunt

Did you know that Bucks has 12 covered bridges spread throughout the county? Yes, we do and you should make it an adventure! Here are a few to add to your list.

two for one

  1. Loux covered bridge
  2. Covered cabin deck

On the east side of Bucks there are two covered bridges in Pipersville 2.1 miles apart! There is the covered bridge of Van Sandt and the covered bridge of Loux. Immediately knock 2 bridges off your list and while you’re in the area, stop in for a bite to eat or a drink at the Plumsteadville Inn for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Quakerville

Visit the Sheard Covered Bridge located on the ironically named Covered Bridge Road. Drive to explore on a Friday or Saturday to also catch Quakertown’s remarkable year-round Farmer’s Market. With over 500 vendors, this will help make it a day!

Hike and a bridge for the view

Tyler’s State Park has its very own covered bridge located within the park! Hike the park, rent boats, or take a swim and venture to the large covered bridge. It’s a great photo opt spot! Hungry after a long day? Head into town for a meal at one of the many delicious restaurants. Check out our guide to local flavors for recommendations around Bucks!

Tyler State Park Covered Bridge

Photo credit: Bridget Reilly

Take the popcorn! Bucks Outdoor Movies to Attend

Hawker’s Village

Routes 202 and 263 Lahaska, Bucks County, Pennsylvania 18931

215-794-4000

Peddler’s Village is set to host several outdoor movies this fall to thank the local community for supporting the village year-round. Upcoming screenings include “The Wizard of Oz,” “Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” and “Hocus Pocus.”

Movies at the Mercer Museum

84 South Pine Street, Doylestown, Pennsylvania 18901

215-345-0210

Every third Thursday of the month, the Mercer Museum, in partnership with The Moving Picture Cinema, will show films suitable for families. Bring your blankets, snacks, garden chairs and come and enjoy the series on the museum green. Upcoming screenings include “Legally Blonde” and “Labyrinth.”

Off the beaten track

Shankweiler Drive-In Theater

4540 Shankweiler Road, Orefield, Pennsylvania 18069

610-481-0800

Make the trip to Lehigh County for America’s oldest drive-in movie theater! Shankweiler’s is in its 89th straight season and invites you to join them for a screening of two feature films for a weekend prize. Visit their website to see the weekend screenings! Tickets are only available at the box office for purchase: $12 for adults, $8 for children 12 and under and free for children 2 and under. Don’t miss the magic of the drive-in!

The entrance to Shankweiler

Photo credit: Shankweiler Drive-In Theater

28th Annual New Hope Arts and Crafts Festival

When: Saturday September 24 and Sunday September 25

Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: New Hope Solebury Secondary School
180 W Bridge St, New Hope, Pennsylvania 18938

It’s on! The Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce will host the 28th Annual New Hope Arts and Crafts Festival on Saturday and Sunday, September 24-25, 2022. Over 160 juried artists and artisans will exhibit and sell media, including but not limited to oil paintings, watercolors, pastels, sculpture, fine and fun jewelry, ceramics, woodwork, fiber, furniture, wearable art, glass art, photography and outsider art.

The festival will take place in the parking lot of New Hope Solebury High School, a few minutes walk from the center of the business district. At Bucks County Playhouse, a free bus will transport attendees to and from the festival parking lot and South Main Street. This year we will be hosting various food trucks offering options ranging from brick oven pizza to vegan cuisine to traditional “fair food”. Along with great dining options, the Arts and Crafts Festival will host some of our region’s finest singers and songwriters to entertain the crowds. As tradition dictates, this wonderful event offers something for everyone! For the kids, you’ll find a make-and-go craft project area where they’ll be entertained and engaged.

Visitors browsing the Arts & Crafts Festival

Photo credit: New Hope Arts & Crafts Festival

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