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Benjamin Rush State Park

Benjamin Rush State Park is located in the North East section of Philadelphia and is the only state park within the city boundary. The park provides the visitor with an area to enjoy the natural beauty of open spaces along with:

  • Pennsylvania woodlands
  • Places for study
  • Recreation
  • Solace of gardening

The park offers much needed open space in this busy area. It is primarily used for passive day use activities popular with:

  • Hikers
  • Bicyclers
  • Birders and wildlife enthusiasts

The park features:

  • One of the largest community gardens
  • A large area devoted to flying radio controlled model airplanes
  • Multi-use trails that meander through open meadows and shady wooded areas

Seasons and Hours

The park is open every day of the year, 8:00 A.M. to sunset. See park bulletin boards for specific closing times.

Contact the Neshaminy State Park office for facility seasons and hours.

This map shows the park in Pennsylvania. 

Directions

Benjamin Rush State Park is in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, 2 miles south of PA Turnpike Exit 351. From Exit 351, take US 1 (Lincoln Highway) south approximately 1.5 miles.

Turn left onto Southampton Road. Turn left onto shared road for the Delaware Valley Veterans Home and the park. Park entrance is on the left.

GPS DD: Lat. 40.11284  Long. -74.98636

This circular map shows the roads near the park. 

Driving Directions: The Interactive GIS Map has turn-by-turn driving directions to the park office from the Park Information Window.

Please note that the background maps are maintained by a variety of public sources and driving directions usually go to the nearest large road.

Community Gardens

The park hosts one of the largest community gardens in the area. Gardeners may rent a plot in the community garden to grow their own flowers and vegetables. For more information about how to be involved, contact the Benjamin Rush Garden Association at 215-969-0507.

Trash Disposal and Recycling

Benjamin Rush State Park participates in a carry-in/carryout trash disposal program. There are no trash collection or recycling facilities. Visitors are asked to limit the amount of disposable items brought to the park and to take all trash, garbage, and recyclables home.

No Hunting

Hunting is prohibited at Benjamin Rush State Park.

Law enforcement officers and individuals with a valid Pennsylvania License to Carry Firearms are authorized to carry a firearm concealed on their person while they are within a state park.

Access for People with Disabilities

This activity or structure is ADA accessible. If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit.

In an Emergency

Call 911 and contact a park employee.

Directions to the nearest hospital are posted on bulletin boards.

Nearest Hospital

Aria - Jefferson Health Torresdale
Red Lion and Knights Roads
Philadelphia, PA 19114
215-612-4000

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