First State, First Day, First Hike


Join Delaware State Parks in celebrating the first day of the New Year with a refreshing hike in the park. Parks statewide will host a First State, First Day, First Hike program to celebrate the national movement sponsored by America’s State Parks to have all 50 states offer First Day Hikes. Join us in celebrating America’s State Parks and your Delaware State Parks!

Alapocas Run State Park

Trail: TBA
Time:
10 a.m.
Location: Meet at the Blue Ball Barn
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate
Minimum recommended age for children: None
Restrictions: None
Length of Hike: Less than 2 miles (roundtrip)
Things to Bring: Water; dress for the weather
Cancellation Information: (302) 222-7496 (Hike leader's cell phone)

Join our naturalist and photographer Lynn McDowell on a hike though our park’s winter landscape. Pre-registration at (302) 577-7020 by Friday, December 26, 2014 is required.

Bellevue State Park

Trail(s): Northern Delaware Greenway and Nature Preserve Trails
Time:
1 p.m.
Location: Meet at the Arts Center
Degree of Difficulty: Easy
Minimum recommended age for children: None; stroller-friendly
Restrictions: Pets must be on a leash
Length of Hike: 2 miles (round-trip)
Things to Bring: Water, snacks, appropriate footwear
Cancellation Information: (302) 761-6963 (park number)

We will walk mostly paved trails, by a meadow, woodland, and historic buildings. No cost or pre-registration

Brandywine Creek State Park

Trail: Indian Springs Trail
Time:
2 p.m.
Location: Nature Center
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate
Minimum recommended age for children: No minimum age. Parent supervision required.
Restrictions: Trail is not handicapped-accessible
Length of Hike: 1.8 miles (round-trip)
Cancellation Information: (302) 655-5740 (park number)
Things to Bring:Water, boots, snowshoes, hats, gloves, warm clothing, snacks, and a camera

We will walk through the first preserve in DE, Tulip Tree Nature Preserve, where we will encounter a mix of large tulip trees, a variety of shrubs, and some of DuPont’s original stonewall.  We may get to hear Pileated Woodpeckers, Cardinals, and Blue Jays singing along our journey.  Dress appropriately as we learn about native plants, historical facts, and peer out to the creek.

Cape Henlopen State Park

Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Seaside Nature Center
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate (soft sand)
Minimum recommended age for children: 7 (with adult)
Restrictions: No pets
Length of Hike: 1-1.5 miles (round-trip)
Things to Bring:
Dress for the weather, comfortable shoes, water
Cancellation Information: (302) 645-6852

Pre-registration recommended. We will be hiking along the point of Delaware, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Delaware Bay.

Delaware Seashore State Park

Trail: Prickly Pear Trail at Fresh Pond
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Hickman Road entrance
Degree of Difficulty: Easy
Minimum recommended age for children: None
Restrictions: Pets must be on a 6-foot leash
Length of Hike: 3.5 miles
Things to Bring: Dress for the weather
Cancellation Information: (302) 227-6991

Start the New Year off right with a 3.5 mile hike through the lesser-known “Fresh Pond Tract,” part of Delaware Seashore State Park.  Hikers will walk through a variety of habitats, including maritime forest, meadow, and salt marsh.

Killens Pond State Park

Trail: Killens Pond is hosting two separate hikes of the Pondside Nature Trail, one short and one long
Time:
1 p.m. for both hikes
Location: Killens Pond Nature Center
Degree of Difficulty: one easy hike, one moderate hike
Minimum recommended age for children: 4 for 1-mile hike, 8 for 2.5-mile hike
Restrictions: No pets; strollers are difficult
Length of Hike: 1 mile and 2.5 miles (round-trip)
Things to Bring: Water, weather-appropriate attire
Cancellation Information: (302) 284-4299

Join us at the Nature Center on the first day of the New Year for a hike with new friends.  You will have a choice between a one-mile hike or one that is just over 2½ miles.

Lums Pond State Park

Trail: Swamp Forest/Life Course
Time:
1 p.m.
Location: Nature Center (Area 5)
Degree of Difficulty: Easy
Minimum recommended age for children: 6
Restrictions: None
Length of Hike: 1.8 miles (round-trip)
Things to Bring: Water, snacks, hiking boot, and binoculars
Cancellation Information: (302) 368-6989 (park number)

This hike takes you along the water and into the young forests around the pond. You could see mammals and a variety of waterfowl. 

Trap Pond State Park

Trail: Raccoon Pond Trail
Time:
10 a.m.
Location: Bethesda Church
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate
Minimum recommended age for children: None, but please see difficulty and description
Restrictions: None. Leashed pets are welcome.
Length of Hike: 3 miles (round-trip)
Cancellation Information: (302) 875-5163

We will be hiking a short distance on the Loblolly Trail to the Raccoon Pond Trail. The Raccoon Pond Trail is an unimproved trail. There may be a few tree roots and some wet areas on the trail. The trail will lead us to the Ford Warrington Property at Trap Pond, where we can view a cemetery and historic house. Please prepare for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.

White Clay Creek State Park

Trail: White Clay Creek Carpenter Recreation Area
Time:
1 p.m.
Location: Carpenter Recreation Area, 880 New London Road, Newark
Degree of Difficulty: one easy hike, one moderate hike
Minimum recommended age for children: None
Restrictions: All Welcome, though some trails are not stroller/wheelchair-accessible.
Length of Hike: Varies
Things to Bring:Water, dress for the weather, walking shoes, boots
Cancellation Information: (302) 233-1434 (park number)

Join White Clay Creek State Park naturalists or volunteers for a wonderful hike for fun and fitness to start the new year.  We will be offering multiple trail hikes, along with several “Hike on Your Own” options for people who want to venture out at their own pace.