COVID-19 Mitigation UPDATE 3/17/2021: Effective Sunday, April 4, 2021
Outdoor, in-person programs will resume with a limit of 40 participants per program.
Volunteer work days will resume with a limit of 40 participants per group.
Virtual and self-guided programs will continue to be offered.
Visitor center exhibit halls, interpretive areas, and theaters will open with a 75% capacity visitation allowance.
Check the calendar of events
https://events.dcnr.pa.gov for scheduled programs.
Large, DCNR-sponsored events remain canceled until further notice.
Masks are required to be worn:
In park offices and visitor centers
In any other indoor public space
During outdoor educational programs
Masks are recommended throughout the park when you are unable to adequately social distance
If you have questions, please call the park office before your visit.
Warning: The spotted lanternfly has invaded our area. This invasive insect could cause serious harm to Pennsylvania’s resources, businesses, and economy. LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAVE! Help us stop the spread of these unwelcome hitchhikers. Inspect your vehicle, camper, tent, gear, etc. before you leave the park and destroy any lanternflies you find. For more information, visit the
Penn State Extension’s Spotted Lanternfly website.
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:
Places for study
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:
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Aria - Jefferson Health Torresdale
Red Lion and Knights Roads
Philadelphia, PA 19114