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Alapocas Run State Park


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Wilmington and Alapocas Run State Park are hiring seasonal maintenance and rock climbing camp staff. If you are interested in working at our parks this summer, please check out our posting!

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Bancroft Bridge Update

After historic floods from the remnants of Hurricane Ida during the last week of August in 2021, the Bancroft Bridge was struct with high flood water and heavy debris causing severe damage. The Division closed the bridge and performed structural analysis to determine the impact of the damage. The Division has a written report and recorded a presentation of the findings and alternative solutions evaluated to fix or replace the bridge.

View the video presentation from the February 10, 2022 meeting.

Available are also the Public Workshop Presentation and the DNREC Alternatives Report.

Find Your Adventure at Alapocas Run State Park

Alapocas Woods offers a short but scenic trail at Alapocas Run State Park.

Explore Alapocas Woods

Enjoy a leisure 0.7-mile-long hike through mature woodlands in the middle of the city. Look for native pawpaw trees and take in the sights and sounds of nature.

The blue rock cliffs at Alapocas Run State Park.

Observe the Blue Granite Cliffs

The cliffs, made of blue rock gneiss, offer a glimpse into the park’s quarrying past. These rocks were once used to help build the city of Wilmington!

The Blue Ball Barn at Alpocas Run State Park is the home of the Delaware Folk Art Museum

Discover the Blue Ball Barn

Step back in time at the Blue Ball Barn. Learn about the rich history of the area while touring The Delaware Folk Art Collection.

 

The Northern Delaware Greenway runs through Alpocas Run State Park

Ride the Northern Delaware Greenway Trail

Hike or bike through the natural and cultural history of Wilmington! Stop at historic overlooks to learn about the textile mills that once thrived throughout the region.

The Can-Do Playground at Alapocas Run State Park

Have Fun at the Can-Do Playground

Kids of all abilities can go for a swing, or play in the sand at Delaware's first "boundless playground." You can also read a new story on the Storybook Trail.

Rock-climbing at Alapocas Run State Park

Superintendent’s Pick: Climb the Rock Wall

Climb Delaware’s only natural rock climbing wall! Our staff offer top-rope climbing programs — with some basic tips and equipment, rock climbing can be a unique way to experience the park.

About the Park

Around Delaware’s beautiful Blue Rock cliff, formerly quarried and now home to the state’s only natural rock-climbing wall, natural resources like mature woodlands and the Brandywine River meet a rich industrial and cultural history at Alapocas Run State Park. The Blue Ball Barn, now a popular event space named for the Blue Ball Tavern that once served travelers in the area, was built in the 1900s as a dairy barn that supported A.I. DuPont’s Nemours estate. It now houses the Delaware Folk Art Collection and tells the park’s history in story form. Pawpaw trees, North America’s largest native fruit-bearing tree, grows in the forest understory. Delaware’s only venomous snake, the non-aggressive Northern Copperhead, occurs here. A Storybook Trail winds around the Can-do Playground, designed to be accessible to every child. Alapocas Run is also home to the Northern Delaware Greenway Trail, a National Recreation Trail.

Park History

The land that became Alapocas Run State Park was donated to the city of Wilmington in the early 1900s by local industrialist William Bancroft. It eventually came to include the Blue Ball Barn, built in 1914 by Bancroft's neighbor, Alfred I. DuPont, who named the barn after an inn and meeting house that was once located near the property. Alapocas Run became a state park in 2002.

Blue Ball Barn

This extraordinary barn, progressive in its environmental design, is the current home of the Delaware Folk Art Collection. Renovations have created a multifunctional conference, special event and gallery space for events, weddings and conferences, featuring meeting rooms, a large banquet room and a secluded courtyard. The Blue Ball Barn was the first public building in Delaware to become a LEED-certified building, meaning it meets stringent environmentally-friendly building design standards.

Learn more about the Blue Ball Barn, including how to host your event here.

The Delaware Folk Art Collection

The collection currently contains over 120 works from Delaware artists, reflecting the diverse cultural backgrounds that make up the First State. Visitors are able to tour the exhibits in person at the Barn or take a virtual tour. The Blue Ball Barn is a Frommer’s recommended attraction.

Can-Do Playground

can do playground

The 27,000 square foot Can-Do Playground, is the first Boundless Playground™ in Delaware. Designed to be accessible to every child, regardless of physical, mental and sensory abilities, the playground was made possible with the help of six Wilmington-area Rotary Clubs. For more information about boundless playgrounds, visit the Can-Do Playground website.

Athletic Fields

Is your club, league, or group looking for a well-maintained area for games or other activities? Three versatile fields in the East Park section of Alapocas Run State Park offer a variety of opportunities for organized sports.

Sports Accommodated:

Fields 1 and 2: Soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, flag football, Ultimate Frisbee®, kickball

Field 3: Field hockey, flag football, Ultimate Frisbee®, rugby, youth soccer, youth lacrosse

The athletic field permit application available under Maps + Downloads on this page contains field reservation information and rates.

Rock Climbing and Rappelling

Alapocas Run State Park offers top-rope climbing and rappelling. In top roping, the rope is run from the climber through an anchor at the top of the climb, then back down to attach to the belayer. The belayer is able to stop a falling climber immediately, which makes top-rope climbing one of the safest forms of climbing. Rappelling is a controlled descent on a rope from an anchor on the top of a rock or cliff face. Like top-rope climbing, rappelling requires a mechanical device that can lock the rope, preventing an uncontrolled descent. The park offers climbing programs and camps.

More info can be found on our Rock Climbing page

A climbing permit is required to use the park’s rock wall; the application is available on this page under Maps + Downloads.

Upcoming Events

Victoria Franz Exhibit Reception Event

Friday, October 7, 2022

5:00 PM

Join us at the Blue Ball Barn for the opening of the new temporary exhibit by artist Victoria Franz. Free

Add to Calendar 10/7/2022 5:00:00 PM 10/7/2022 7:00:00 PM America/New_York Victoria Franz Exhibit Reception Event Join us at the Blue Ball Barn for the opening of the new temporary exhibit by artist Victoria Franz. Free Alapocas Run State Park

Victoria Franz: Temporary Exhibition

Saturday, October 8, 2022

8:00 AM

Artist Victoria Franz describes her artistic process as, "I fling paint. I shoot it through a straw. I drip it, splatter it. I use a brush and palette knife but mostly my fingers. Whatever color calls out ends up on the paper, and often more paint gets on me than on the canvas. Intuitive painting is a path to cultivating trust in oneself - to get comfortable with not knowing what will show up. It is about process, not product. My art is an invitation to the viewer to accept the beautiful mess inherent in their own lives as I welcome it in mine." Exhibition will be at the Blue Ball Barn from October 3-30, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Call the park office for more information, 302-577-7020. Reception: October 7, 5:00 - 8:00 P.M.

Add to Calendar 10/8/2022 8:00:00 AM 10/8/2022 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Victoria Franz: Temporary Exhibition Artist Victoria Franz describes her artistic process as, "I fling paint. I shoot it through a straw. I drip it, splatter it. I use a brush and palette knife but mostly my fingers. Whatever color calls out ends up on the paper, and often more paint gets on me than on the canvas. Intuitive painting is a path to cultivating trust in oneself - to get comfortable with not knowing what will show up. It is about process, not product. My art is an invitation to the viewer to accept the beautiful mess inherent in their own lives as I welcome it in mine." Exhibition will be at the Blue Ball Barn from October 3-30, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Call the park office for more information, 302-577-7020. Reception: October 7, 5:00 - 8:00 P.M. Alapocas Run State Park

Introduction to Rock Climbing - FULL

Saturday, October 8, 2022

9:30 AM

This program is currently full and no longer available for registration. Please call 302-577-7020 with any questions.

Register Online

Add to Calendar 10/8/2022 9:30:00 AM 10/8/2022 11:30:00 AM America/New_York Introduction to Rock Climbing - FULL This program is currently full and no longer available for registration. Please call 302-577-7020 with any questions. Alapocas Run State Park

Twilight HIke

Friday, October 14, 2022

6:30 PM

Join us on this family-friendly hike as we tread carefully into the twilight. Discover the story behind things that go bump in the night. Pre-register by Wednesday, October 12th at 302-577-7020. Free.

Add to Calendar 10/14/2022 6:30:00 PM 10/14/2022 8:00:00 PM America/New_York Twilight HIke Join us on this family-friendly hike as we tread carefully into the twilight. Discover the story behind things that go bump in the night. Pre-register by Wednesday, October 12th at 302-577-7020. Free. Alapocas Run State Park

Victoria Franz: Temporary Exhibition

Saturday, October 15, 2022

8:00 AM

Artist Victoria Franz describes her artistic process as, "I fling paint. I shoot it through a straw. I drip it, splatter it. I use a brush and palette knife but mostly my fingers. Whatever color calls out ends up on the paper, and often more paint gets on me than on the canvas. Intuitive painting is a path to cultivating trust in oneself - to get comfortable with not knowing what will show up. It is about process, not product. My art is an invitation to the viewer to accept the beautiful mess inherent in their own lives as I welcome it in mine." Exhibition will be at the Blue Ball Barn from October 3-30, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Call the park office for more information, 302-577-7020. Reception: October 7, 5:00 - 8:00 P.M.

Add to Calendar 10/15/2022 8:00:00 AM 10/15/2022 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Victoria Franz: Temporary Exhibition Artist Victoria Franz describes her artistic process as, "I fling paint. I shoot it through a straw. I drip it, splatter it. I use a brush and palette knife but mostly my fingers. Whatever color calls out ends up on the paper, and often more paint gets on me than on the canvas. Intuitive painting is a path to cultivating trust in oneself - to get comfortable with not knowing what will show up. It is about process, not product. My art is an invitation to the viewer to accept the beautiful mess inherent in their own lives as I welcome it in mine." Exhibition will be at the Blue Ball Barn from October 3-30, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Call the park office for more information, 302-577-7020. Reception: October 7, 5:00 - 8:00 P.M. Alapocas Run State Park

Connecting with Nature Hike

Saturday, October 15, 2022

10:00 AM

Join us on a hike through Alapocas Woods to explore texture and how important it is in both nature and art. We'll be starting our hike at the Blue Ball Barn's Folk Art Gallery and then head out into the forest to make some observations and complete a simple art project. You'll see how using natural textures, colors and patterns in art can connect people to each other and nature. Free. Call the park office for more information, 302-577-7020.

Add to Calendar 10/15/2022 10:00:00 AM 10/15/2022 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Connecting with Nature Hike Join us on a hike through Alapocas Woods to explore texture and how important it is in both nature and art. We'll be starting our hike at the Blue Ball Barn's Folk Art Gallery and then head out into the forest to make some observations and complete a simple art project. You'll see how using natural textures, colors and patterns in art can connect people to each other and nature. Free. Call the park office for more information, 302-577-7020. Alapocas Run State Park

Connecting with Nature Hike

Saturday, October 15, 2022

10:00 AM

Join us on a hike through Alapocas Woods to explore texture and how important it is in both nature and art. We'll be starting our hike at the Blue Ball Barn's Folk Art Gallery and then head out into the forest to make some observations and complete a simple art project. You will see how using natural textures, colors and patterns in art can connect people to each other and nature. Call the park office for more information, 302-577-7020. Free

Add to Calendar 10/15/2022 10:00:00 AM 10/15/2022 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Connecting with Nature Hike Join us on a hike through Alapocas Woods to explore texture and how important it is in both nature and art. We'll be starting our hike at the Blue Ball Barn's Folk Art Gallery and then head out into the forest to make some observations and complete a simple art project. You will see how using natural textures, colors and patterns in art can connect people to each other and nature. Call the park office for more information, 302-577-7020. Free Alapocas Run State Park

Victoria Franz: Temporary Exhibition

Saturday, October 22, 2022

8:00 AM

Artist Victoria Franz describes her artistic process as, "I fling paint. I shoot it through a straw. I drip it, splatter it. I use a brush and palette knife but mostly my fingers. Whatever color calls out ends up on the paper, and often more paint gets on me than on the canvas. Intuitive painting is a path to cultivating trust in oneself - to get comfortable with not knowing what will show up. It is about process, not product. My art is an invitation to the viewer to accept the beautiful mess inherent in their own lives as I welcome it in mine." Exhibition will be at the Blue Ball Barn from October 3-30, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Call the park office for more information, 302-577-7020. Reception: October 7, 5:00 - 8:00 P.M.

Add to Calendar 10/22/2022 8:00:00 AM 10/22/2022 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Victoria Franz: Temporary Exhibition Artist Victoria Franz describes her artistic process as, "I fling paint. I shoot it through a straw. I drip it, splatter it. I use a brush and palette knife but mostly my fingers. Whatever color calls out ends up on the paper, and often more paint gets on me than on the canvas. Intuitive painting is a path to cultivating trust in oneself - to get comfortable with not knowing what will show up. It is about process, not product. My art is an invitation to the viewer to accept the beautiful mess inherent in their own lives as I welcome it in mine." Exhibition will be at the Blue Ball Barn from October 3-30, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Call the park office for more information, 302-577-7020. Reception: October 7, 5:00 - 8:00 P.M. Alapocas Run State Park

Introduction to Rock Climbing - FULL

Saturday, October 22, 2022

9:30 AM

This program is currently full and no longer available for registration. Please call 302-577-7020 with any questions.

Register Online

Add to Calendar 10/22/2022 9:30:00 AM 10/22/2022 11:30:00 AM America/New_York Introduction to Rock Climbing - FULL This program is currently full and no longer available for registration. Please call 302-577-7020 with any questions. Alapocas Run State Park

Greenwillow Folk Club: Tommy Sands Concert

Thursday, October 27, 2022

7:30 PM

Tommy Sands, County Down’s singer, songwriter and social activist has achieved something akin to legendary status in his own lifetime. From the pioneering days with the highly influential Sands Family, bringing Irish Music from New York’s Carnegie Hall to Moscow’s Olympic Stadium, he's developed into one of the most powerful songwriters and enchanting solo performers in Ireland today. Tickets $26 in advance, $28 at the door. For more information contact: info@greenwillow.org

Add to Calendar 10/27/2022 7:30:00 PM 10/27/2022 9:00:00 PM America/New_York Greenwillow Folk Club: Tommy Sands Concert Tommy Sands, County Down’s singer, songwriter and social activist has achieved something akin to legendary status in his own lifetime. From the pioneering days with the highly influential Sands Family, bringing Irish Music from New York’s Carnegie Hall to Moscow’s Olympic Stadium, he's developed into one of the most powerful songwriters and enchanting solo performers in Ireland today. Tickets $26 in advance, $28 at the door. For more information contact: info@greenwillow.org Alapocas Run State Park

Victoria Franz: Temporary Exhibition

Sunday, October 30, 2022

8:00 AM

Artist Victoria Franz describes her artistic process as, "I fling paint. I shoot it through a straw. I drip it, splatter it. I use a brush and palette knife but mostly my fingers. Whatever color calls out ends up on the paper, and often more paint gets on me than on the canvas. Intuitive painting is a path to cultivating trust in oneself - to get comfortable with not knowing what will show up. It is about process, not product. My art is an invitation to the viewer to accept the beautiful mess inherent in their own lives as I welcome it in mine." Exhibition will be at the Blue Ball Barn from October 3-30, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Call the park office for more information, 302-577-7020. Reception: October 7, 5:00 - 8:00 P.M.

Add to Calendar 10/30/2022 8:00:00 AM 10/30/2022 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Victoria Franz: Temporary Exhibition Artist Victoria Franz describes her artistic process as, "I fling paint. I shoot it through a straw. I drip it, splatter it. I use a brush and palette knife but mostly my fingers. Whatever color calls out ends up on the paper, and often more paint gets on me than on the canvas. Intuitive painting is a path to cultivating trust in oneself - to get comfortable with not knowing what will show up. It is about process, not product. My art is an invitation to the viewer to accept the beautiful mess inherent in their own lives as I welcome it in mine." Exhibition will be at the Blue Ball Barn from October 3-30, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Call the park office for more information, 302-577-7020. Reception: October 7, 5:00 - 8:00 P.M. Alapocas Run State Park

Nahova: Temporary Exhibition

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

8:00 AM

Nahova is a painter influenced by Abstract Impressionism who creates timeless pieces that reflect her past and current experiences. She utilizes acrylic, oil and glass paint to create “cells” in most of her paintings and incorporates fabric 3D objects to create deeper sensations. When composing these pieces, Nahova hopes to inspire others to bend the rules, ask why, not to conform, to be their most genuine selves irrespective of how unpolished that expression of that self may appear. Exhibition will be at the Blue Ball Barn from November 1-30, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Call the park office for more information, 302-577-7020. Reception November 3, 5:00 - 8:00 P.M.

Add to Calendar 11/1/2022 8:00:00 AM 11/1/2022 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Nahova: Temporary Exhibition Nahova is a painter influenced by Abstract Impressionism who creates timeless pieces that reflect her past and current experiences. She utilizes acrylic, oil and glass paint to create “cells” in most of her paintings and incorporates fabric 3D objects to create deeper sensations. When composing these pieces, Nahova hopes to inspire others to bend the rules, ask why, not to conform, to be their most genuine selves irrespective of how unpolished that expression of that self may appear. Exhibition will be at the Blue Ball Barn from November 1-30, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Call the park office for more information, 302-577-7020. Reception November 3, 5:00 - 8:00 P.M. Alapocas Run State Park

Nahova Exhibit Reception Event

Thursday, November 3, 2022

5:00 PM

Join us at the Blue Ball Barn for the opening of the new temporary exhibit by Abstract Impressionist painter Nahova. Free

Add to Calendar 11/3/2022 5:00:00 PM 11/3/2022 8:00:00 PM America/New_York Nahova Exhibit Reception Event Join us at the Blue Ball Barn for the opening of the new temporary exhibit by Abstract Impressionist painter Nahova. Free Alapocas Run State Park

Nahova: Temporary Exhibition

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

8:00 AM

Nahova is a painter influenced by Abstract Impressionism who creates timeless pieces that reflect her past and current experiences. She utilizes acrylic, oil and glass paint to create “cells” in most of her paintings and incorporates fabric 3D objects to create deeper sensations. When composing these pieces, Nahova hopes to inspire others to bend the rules, ask why, not to conform, to be their most genuine selves irrespective of how unpolished that expression of that self may appear. Exhibition will be at the Blue Ball Barn from November 1-30, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Call the park office for more information, 302-577-7020. Reception November 3, 5:00 - 8:00 P.M.

Add to Calendar 11/8/2022 8:00:00 AM 11/8/2022 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Nahova: Temporary Exhibition Nahova is a painter influenced by Abstract Impressionism who creates timeless pieces that reflect her past and current experiences. She utilizes acrylic, oil and glass paint to create “cells” in most of her paintings and incorporates fabric 3D objects to create deeper sensations. When composing these pieces, Nahova hopes to inspire others to bend the rules, ask why, not to conform, to be their most genuine selves irrespective of how unpolished that expression of that self may appear. Exhibition will be at the Blue Ball Barn from November 1-30, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Call the park office for more information, 302-577-7020. Reception November 3, 5:00 - 8:00 P.M. Alapocas Run State Park

Nahova: Temporary Exhibition

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

8:00 AM

Nahova is a painter influenced by Abstract Impressionism who creates timeless pieces that reflect her past and current experiences. She utilizes acrylic, oil and glass paint to create “cells” in most of her paintings and incorporates fabric 3D objects to create deeper sensations. When composing these pieces, Nahova hopes to inspire others to bend the rules, ask why, not to conform, to be their most genuine selves irrespective of how unpolished that expression of that self may appear. Exhibition will be at the Blue Ball Barn from November 1-30, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Call the park office for more information, 302-577-7020. Reception November 3, 5:00 - 8:00 P.M.

Add to Calendar 11/15/2022 8:00:00 AM 11/15/2022 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Nahova: Temporary Exhibition Nahova is a painter influenced by Abstract Impressionism who creates timeless pieces that reflect her past and current experiences. She utilizes acrylic, oil and glass paint to create “cells” in most of her paintings and incorporates fabric 3D objects to create deeper sensations. When composing these pieces, Nahova hopes to inspire others to bend the rules, ask why, not to conform, to be their most genuine selves irrespective of how unpolished that expression of that self may appear. Exhibition will be at the Blue Ball Barn from November 1-30, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Call the park office for more information, 302-577-7020. Reception November 3, 5:00 - 8:00 P.M. Alapocas Run State Park

Art in Action: Bee and Beach Candle Making

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

6:00 PM

Join Iris and Callisto's Apiary to learn how to make your own hot beeswax poured candle and take home a sand-encrusted Bees & Beach Candle. $10 per person.

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Add to Calendar 11/16/2022 6:00:00 PM 11/16/2022 8:00:00 PM America/New_York Art in Action: Bee and Beach Candle Making Join Iris and Callisto's Apiary to learn how to make your own hot beeswax poured candle and take home a sand-encrusted Bees & Beach Candle. $10 per person. Alapocas Run State Park

Nahova: Temporary Exhibition

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

8:00 AM

Nahova is a painter influenced by Abstract Impressionism who creates timeless pieces that reflect her past and current experiences. She utilizes acrylic, oil and glass paint to create “cells” in most of her paintings and incorporates fabric 3D objects to create deeper sensations. When composing these pieces, Nahova hopes to inspire others to bend the rules, ask why, not to conform, to be their most genuine selves irrespective of how unpolished that expression of that self may appear. Exhibition will be at the Blue Ball Barn from November 1-30, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Call the park office for more information, 302-577-7020. Reception November 3, 5:00 - 8:00 P.M.

Add to Calendar 11/22/2022 8:00:00 AM 11/22/2022 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Nahova: Temporary Exhibition Nahova is a painter influenced by Abstract Impressionism who creates timeless pieces that reflect her past and current experiences. She utilizes acrylic, oil and glass paint to create “cells” in most of her paintings and incorporates fabric 3D objects to create deeper sensations. When composing these pieces, Nahova hopes to inspire others to bend the rules, ask why, not to conform, to be their most genuine selves irrespective of how unpolished that expression of that self may appear. Exhibition will be at the Blue Ball Barn from November 1-30, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Call the park office for more information, 302-577-7020. Reception November 3, 5:00 - 8:00 P.M. Alapocas Run State Park

Nahova: Temporary Exhibition

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

8:00 AM

Nahova is a painter influenced by Abstract Impressionism who creates timeless pieces that reflect her past and current experiences. She utilizes acrylic, oil and glass paint to create “cells” in most of her paintings and incorporates fabric 3D objects to create deeper sensations. When composing these pieces, Nahova hopes to inspire others to bend the rules, ask why, not to conform, to be their most genuine selves irrespective of how unpolished that expression of that self may appear. Exhibition will be at the Blue Ball Barn from November 1-30, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Call the park office for more information, 302-577-7020. Reception November 3, 5:00 - 8:00 P.M.

Add to Calendar 11/30/2022 8:00:00 AM 11/30/2022 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Nahova: Temporary Exhibition Nahova is a painter influenced by Abstract Impressionism who creates timeless pieces that reflect her past and current experiences. She utilizes acrylic, oil and glass paint to create “cells” in most of her paintings and incorporates fabric 3D objects to create deeper sensations. When composing these pieces, Nahova hopes to inspire others to bend the rules, ask why, not to conform, to be their most genuine selves irrespective of how unpolished that expression of that self may appear. Exhibition will be at the Blue Ball Barn from November 1-30, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Call the park office for more information, 302-577-7020. Reception November 3, 5:00 - 8:00 P.M. Alapocas Run State Park