Core Creek, spread across 1,200 acres, is Bucks' second largest county park and is home to Parks Department administration building. (The largest county park is Peace Valley.)
Core Creek's centerpiece is the 156 acre reservoir, "Lake Luxembourg." Seasonal water activities include boating, fishing and ice skating. Canoes, kayaks and paddle boats can be rented lakeside. There are two boat launches and four fishing piers. Permits are required.
There are trails galore; horseback riding, hiking, biking, jogging, and just plain strolling.
If the serene lake and woods are too "calm" for you, the park offers ball fields, play fields, basketball courts and tennis courts.
Hungry from all that exercise? Make use of pavilions, picnic tables and grills at various locations throughout the park. Restrooms as well.
Parking on our weekday, cloudy-sky visit was plentiful, but we suspect that sunny weekends may be a different story. You might check with the park office for advice on the patronage volume at various times, or, just get out early.
Notable landmark, St Mary's hospital, a portion of the park on the west side. Primary park entrances are from Tollgate Road on the northern side and Bridgetown Pike on the southern end.
A number of residential neighborhoods share a park border (Core Creek Estates, Sunny Hill, Silver Lake at Newtown, and Lakeview Estates) with others immediately on the opposite side of the parks bordering roads and/or nearby (Flowers Mill, Old Mill Woods, Strawberry Ridge, Heaton's Mill, Luxemburg Estates, Swan Pointe, and Eagles Mere).