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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!

Maintenance staff position | Rock Climbing staff position

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

Introduction to Rock Climbing

Saturday, August 13, 2022

9:30 AM

Discover the basics of outdoor top rope climbing. Get harnessed up and climb on our natural rock wall, after a brief introduction of equipment, climbing and safety. Helmets, harness and ropes provided. Park staff will instruct, guide and belay all climbers. Ages 8 and up. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a guardian. Pre-registration with full payment required by noon Friday, the day before the program date. Register online; call 302-577-7020 with any questions. $26 per person

Register Online

Add to Calendar 8/13/2022 9:30:00 AM 8/13/2022 11:30:00 AM America/New_York Introduction to Rock Climbing Discover the basics of outdoor top rope climbing. Get harnessed up and climb on our natural rock wall, after a brief introduction of equipment, climbing and safety. Helmets, harness and ropes provided. Park staff will instruct, guide and belay all climbers. Ages 8 and up. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a guardian. Pre-registration with full payment required by noon Friday, the day before the program date. Register online; call 302-577-7020 with any questions. $26 per person Alapocas Run State Park

Samara Weaver: Temporary Exhibition

Sunday, August 14, 2022

8:00 AM

Samara Weaver combines large numbers of smaller, often simple elements into multi-faceted compositions, gaining complexity and space from their combination. Her work often invites touch and asks the observer to explore it further with multiple senses. Currently her focus has been on a process which she created developing colorful paper pieces, composed of layers upon layers of painted paper. This exhibit will be open daily from August 1-August 26, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Call the park office for more information, 302-577-7020.

Add to Calendar 8/14/2022 8:00:00 AM 8/14/2022 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Samara Weaver: Temporary Exhibition Samara Weaver combines large numbers of smaller, often simple elements into multi-faceted compositions, gaining complexity and space from their combination. Her work often invites touch and asks the observer to explore it further with multiple senses. Currently her focus has been on a process which she created developing colorful paper pieces, composed of layers upon layers of painted paper. This exhibit will be open daily from August 1-August 26, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Call the park office for more information, 302-577-7020. Alapocas Run State Park

Nature On The Go: Imagi-Nature (Week 9)

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

10:00 AM

Nature on the Go is a weekly program in which we explore the different aspects of our natural world, and provide take-home experiences that encourage further investigation of what's around us. This year's theme is 'Natural Designs.' Journey into the world of engineering and design within our parks. Tuesday at Can-Do Playground, Thursdays at 18th Street Playground. Call the park office for more information, 302-577-7020. Free

Add to Calendar 8/16/2022 10:00:00 AM 8/16/2022 11:30:00 AM America/New_York Nature On The Go: Imagi-Nature (Week 9) Nature on the Go is a weekly program in which we explore the different aspects of our natural world, and provide take-home experiences that encourage further investigation of what's around us. This year's theme is 'Natural Designs.' Journey into the world of engineering and design within our parks. Tuesday at Can-Do Playground, Thursdays at 18th Street Playground. Call the park office for more information, 302-577-7020. Free Alapocas Run State Park

Medicinal Plant Walk - FULL

Saturday, August 20, 2022

10:00 AM

This program is full, and we are no long accepting registrations. The program is also being run at Trap Pond State Park on 8/28. Thank you for your understanding.

Add to Calendar 8/20/2022 10:00:00 AM 8/20/2022 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Medicinal Plant Walk - FULL This program is full, and we are no long accepting registrations. The program is also being run at Trap Pond State Park on 8/28. Thank you for your understanding. Alapocas Run State Park

Samara Weaver: Temporary Exhibition

Sunday, August 21, 2022

8:00 AM

Samara Weaver combines large numbers of smaller, often simple elements into multi-faceted compositions, gaining complexity and space from their combination. Her work often invites touch and asks the observer to explore it further with multiple senses. Currently her focus has been on a process which she created developing colorful paper pieces, composed of layers upon layers of painted paper. This exhibit will be open daily from August 1-August 26, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Call the park office for more information, 302-577-7020.

Add to Calendar 8/21/2022 8:00:00 AM 8/21/2022 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Samara Weaver: Temporary Exhibition Samara Weaver combines large numbers of smaller, often simple elements into multi-faceted compositions, gaining complexity and space from their combination. Her work often invites touch and asks the observer to explore it further with multiple senses. Currently her focus has been on a process which she created developing colorful paper pieces, composed of layers upon layers of painted paper. This exhibit will be open daily from August 1-August 26, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Call the park office for more information, 302-577-7020. Alapocas Run State Park

Introduction to Rock Climbing

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

5:30 PM

Discover the basics of outdoor top rope climbing. Get harnessed up and climb on our natural rock wall, after a brief introduction of equipment, climbing and safety. Helmets, harness and ropes provided. Park staff will instruct, guide and belay all climbers. Ages 8 and up. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a guardian. Pre-registration with full payment required by noon Friday, the day before the program date. Register online; call 302-577-7020 with any questions. $26 per person

Register Online

Add to Calendar 8/24/2022 5:30:00 PM 8/24/2022 7:30:00 PM America/New_York Introduction to Rock Climbing Discover the basics of outdoor top rope climbing. Get harnessed up and climb on our natural rock wall, after a brief introduction of equipment, climbing and safety. Helmets, harness and ropes provided. Park staff will instruct, guide and belay all climbers. Ages 8 and up. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a guardian. Pre-registration with full payment required by noon Friday, the day before the program date. Register online; call 302-577-7020 with any questions. $26 per person Alapocas Run State Park

Art in Action: Beginner's Paper Quilling

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

6:00 PM

Learn some basic quilling techniques with Kelly Martin, owner of Paper Hibiscus, while creating a floral card to take home. Spots are limited, pre-registration is required. Please call 302-577-1164 to register. This program is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com.

Add to Calendar 8/24/2022 6:00:00 PM 8/24/2022 8:00:00 PM America/New_York Art in Action: Beginner's Paper Quilling Learn some basic quilling techniques with Kelly Martin, owner of Paper Hibiscus, while creating a floral card to take home. Spots are limited, pre-registration is required. Please call 302-577-1164 to register. This program is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com. Alapocas Run State Park

Samara Weaver: Temporary Exhibition

Friday, August 26, 2022

8:00 AM

Samara Weaver combines large numbers of smaller, often simple elements into multi-faceted compositions, gaining complexity and space from their combination. Her work often invites touch and asks the observer to explore it further with multiple senses. Currently her focus has been on a process which she created developing colorful paper pieces, composed of layers upon layers of painted paper. This exhibit will be open daily from August 1-August 26, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Call the park office for more information, 302-577-7020.

Add to Calendar 8/26/2022 8:00:00 AM 8/26/2022 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Samara Weaver: Temporary Exhibition Samara Weaver combines large numbers of smaller, often simple elements into multi-faceted compositions, gaining complexity and space from their combination. Her work often invites touch and asks the observer to explore it further with multiple senses. Currently her focus has been on a process which she created developing colorful paper pieces, composed of layers upon layers of painted paper. This exhibit will be open daily from August 1-August 26, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Call the park office for more information, 302-577-7020. Alapocas Run State Park

Introduction to Rock Climbing

Saturday, August 27, 2022

9:30 AM

Discover the basics of outdoor top rope climbing. Get harnessed up and climb on our natural rock wall, after a brief introduction of equipment, climbing and safety. Helmets, harness and ropes provided. Park staff will instruct, guide and belay all climbers. Ages 8 and up. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a guardian. Pre-registration with full payment required by noon Friday, the day before the program date. Register online; call 302-577-7020 with any questions. $26 per person

Register Online

Add to Calendar 8/27/2022 9:30:00 AM 8/27/2022 11:30:00 AM America/New_York Introduction to Rock Climbing Discover the basics of outdoor top rope climbing. Get harnessed up and climb on our natural rock wall, after a brief introduction of equipment, climbing and safety. Helmets, harness and ropes provided. Park staff will instruct, guide and belay all climbers. Ages 8 and up. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a guardian. Pre-registration with full payment required by noon Friday, the day before the program date. Register online; call 302-577-7020 with any questions. $26 per person Alapocas Run State Park

Artist Showcase:Temporary Exhibition

Thursday, September 1, 2022

8:00 AM

Artists’ Katelyn Casula, Tegan Clark, and Renn Kingsbury will display their works at the Blue Ball Barn. Come see their illustrations, paintings, and other mixed media creations. This exhibit will be open daily from September 1-September 24, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Call the park office for more information, 302-577-7020.

Add to Calendar 9/1/2022 8:00:00 AM 9/1/2022 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Artist Showcase:Temporary Exhibition Artists’ Katelyn Casula, Tegan Clark, and Renn Kingsbury will display their works at the Blue Ball Barn. Come see their illustrations, paintings, and other mixed media creations. This exhibit will be open daily from September 1-September 24, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Call the park office for more information, 302-577-7020. Alapocas Run State Park

Artist Showcase:Temporary Exhibition

Sunday, September 4, 2022

8:00 AM

Artists’ Katelyn Casula, Tegan Clark, and Renn Kingsbury will display their works at the Blue Ball Barn. Come see their illustrations, paintings, and other mixed media creations. This exhibit will be open daily from September 1-September 24, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Call the park office for more information, 302-577-7020.

Add to Calendar 9/4/2022 8:00:00 AM 9/4/2022 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Artist Showcase:Temporary Exhibition Artists’ Katelyn Casula, Tegan Clark, and Renn Kingsbury will display their works at the Blue Ball Barn. Come see their illustrations, paintings, and other mixed media creations. This exhibit will be open daily from September 1-September 24, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Call the park office for more information, 302-577-7020. Alapocas Run State Park

Alapocas After Dark Hike

Friday, September 9, 2022

7:30 PM

Girl Scout exclusive program* Join us on this hike as we tread carefully into the twilight. Discover the story behind things that go bump in the night and learn more about your senses. FREE - Preregister by noon, Thursday, Sept 8 at 302-577-7020. Limit 20 people.

Add to Calendar 9/9/2022 7:30:00 PM 9/9/2022 9:30:00 PM America/New_York Alapocas After Dark Hike Girl Scout exclusive program* Join us on this hike as we tread carefully into the twilight. Discover the story behind things that go bump in the night and learn more about your senses. FREE - Preregister by noon, Thursday, Sept 8 at 302-577-7020. Limit 20 people. Alapocas Run State Park

Intro to Rock Climbing

Saturday, September 10, 2022

12:30 PM

Girl Scout exclusive program* Discover the basics of outdoor top rope climbing.  Get harnessed up and climb on our natural rock wall, after a brief introduction of equipment, climbing and safety. Helmets, harness and ropes provided.  Park staff will instruct, guide, and belay all climbers.  Children under 18 must be accompanied by a guardian/troop leader. $22 per person – Preregister by noon, Friday, September 9 at 302-577-7020. Limit 12 people.

Add to Calendar 9/10/2022 12:30:00 PM 9/10/2022 2:30:00 PM America/New_York Intro to Rock Climbing Girl Scout exclusive program* Discover the basics of outdoor top rope climbing.  Get harnessed up and climb on our natural rock wall, after a brief introduction of equipment, climbing and safety. Helmets, harness and ropes provided.  Park staff will instruct, guide, and belay all climbers.  Children under 18 must be accompanied by a guardian/troop leader. $22 per person – Preregister by noon, Friday, September 9 at 302-577-7020. Limit 12 people. Alapocas Run State Park

Artist Showcase:Temporary Exhibition

Sunday, September 11, 2022

8:00 AM

Artists’ Katelyn Casula, Tegan Clark, and Renn Kingsbury will display their works at the Blue Ball Barn. Come see their illustrations, paintings, and other mixed media creations. This exhibit will be open daily from September 1-September 24, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Call the park office for more information, 302-577-7020.

Add to Calendar 9/11/2022 8:00:00 AM 9/11/2022 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Artist Showcase:Temporary Exhibition Artists’ Katelyn Casula, Tegan Clark, and Renn Kingsbury will display their works at the Blue Ball Barn. Come see their illustrations, paintings, and other mixed media creations. This exhibit will be open daily from September 1-September 24, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Call the park office for more information, 302-577-7020. Alapocas Run State Park

Artist Showcase:Temporary Exhibition

Sunday, September 18, 2022

8:00 AM

Artists’ Katelyn Casula, Tegan Clark, and Renn Kingsbury will display their works at the Blue Ball Barn. Come see their illustrations, paintings, and other mixed media creations. This exhibit will be open daily from September 1-September 24, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Call the park office for more information, 302-577-7020.

Add to Calendar 9/18/2022 8:00:00 AM 9/18/2022 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Artist Showcase:Temporary Exhibition Artists’ Katelyn Casula, Tegan Clark, and Renn Kingsbury will display their works at the Blue Ball Barn. Come see their illustrations, paintings, and other mixed media creations. This exhibit will be open daily from September 1-September 24, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Call the park office for more information, 302-577-7020. Alapocas Run State Park

Artist Showcase:Temporary Exhibition

Saturday, September 24, 2022

8:00 AM

Artists’ Katelyn Casula, Tegan Clark, and Renn Kingsbury will display their works at the Blue Ball Barn. Come see their illustrations, paintings, and other mixed media creations. This exhibit will be open daily from September 1-September 24, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Call the park office for more information, 302-577-7020.

Add to Calendar 9/24/2022 8:00:00 AM 9/24/2022 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Artist Showcase:Temporary Exhibition Artists’ Katelyn Casula, Tegan Clark, and Renn Kingsbury will display their works at the Blue Ball Barn. Come see their illustrations, paintings, and other mixed media creations. This exhibit will be open daily from September 1-September 24, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. 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