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ALAPOCAS RUN STATE PARK


Special Notice 1/25/19

The Bancroft Mills pedestrian bridge will be closed for maintenance February 4th to February 8th.

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.

Featured Program: Macro-Mayhem

Featured Program: Macro-Mayhem

Get your feet wet and your hands dirty searching for aquatic critters in the freshwater streams of Alapocas Woods. Naturalists will lead a biological survey of the stream and chemical assessment of the water. Pre-registration by April 5 is required. Free Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 10 a.m.

Add to Calendar America/New_York Featured Program: Macro-Mayhem Get your feet wet and your hands dirty searching for aquatic critters in the freshwater streams of Alapocas Woods. Naturalists will lead a biological survey of the stream and chemical assessment of the water. Pre-registration by April 5 is required. Free Alapocas Run State Park


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 50 artists and reflects the local cultures of Delaware. Visitors are able to tour the exhibit and use the interactive touchscreens to learn about the collection and its artists. 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

Winter Tree Hike

Saturday, February 23, 2019

10 a.m.

Winter can be the best time to identify trees based on their winter buds. Learn this skill during a hike through Alapocas Woods. Pre-registration required by noon, February 22. Free. Blue Ball Barn, 1914 W Park Dr, Wilmington, DE 19803, USA

Add to Calendar 2/23/2019 10:00 2/23/2019 12:00 America/New_York Winter Tree Hike Winter can be the best time to identify trees based on their winter buds. Learn this skill during a hike through Alapocas Woods. Pre-registration required by noon, February 22. Free. Blue Ball Barn, 1914 W Park Dr, Wilmington, DE 19803, USA Alapocas Run State Park

Young Brandywine Artists Opening Night-Elementary

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

5 p.m.

The Young Brandywine Artists Exhibition features outstanding artwork created by students in all schools within the Brandywine School District, from elementary through high school. Each year, many wonderful works are on display, including paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture, and three dimensional pieces. The elementary exhibition will be open on March 5th and 6th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and run to March 17th. The secondary exhibition will open on March 20th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and run to March 31st.

Add to Calendar America/New_York Young Brandywine Artists Opening Night-Elementary The Young Brandywine Artists Exhibition features outstanding artwork created by students in all schools within the Brandywine School District, from elementary through high school. Each year, many wonderful works are on display, including paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture, and three dimensional pieces. The elementary exhibition will be open on March 5th and 6th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and run to March 17th. The secondary exhibition will open on March 20th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and run to March 31st. Alapocas Run State Park

Young Brandywine Artists Opening Night-Elementary

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

5 p.m.

The Young Brandywine Artists Exhibition features outstanding artwork created by students in all schools within the Brandywine School District, from elementary through high school. Each year, many wonderful works are on display, including paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture, and three dimensional pieces. The elementary exhibition will be open on March 5th and 6th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and run to March 17th. The secondary exhibition will open on March 20th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and run to March 31st.

Add to Calendar America/New_York Young Brandywine Artists Opening Night-Elementary The Young Brandywine Artists Exhibition features outstanding artwork created by students in all schools within the Brandywine School District, from elementary through high school. Each year, many wonderful works are on display, including paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture, and three dimensional pieces. The elementary exhibition will be open on March 5th and 6th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and run to March 17th. The secondary exhibition will open on March 20th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and run to March 31st. Alapocas Run State Park

Featured Program: Young Brandywine Artists Exhibition

Thursday, March 7, 2019

8 a.m.

The Young Brandywine Artists Exhibition features outstanding artwork created by students in all schools within the Brandywine School District, from elementary through high school. Each year, many wonderful works are on display, including paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture, and three dimensional pieces. The elementary exhibition will be open on March 5th and 6th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and run to March 17th. The secondary exhibition will open on March 20th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and run to March 31st.

Add to Calendar America/New_York Featured Program: Young Brandywine Artists Exhibition The Young Brandywine Artists Exhibition features outstanding artwork created by students in all schools within the Brandywine School District, from elementary through high school. Each year, many wonderful works are on display, including paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture, and three dimensional pieces. The elementary exhibition will be open on March 5th and 6th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and run to March 17th. The secondary exhibition will open on March 20th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and run to March 31st. Alapocas Run State Park

Young Brandywine Artists Opening Night- Secondary

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

6 p.m.

The Young Brandywine Artists Exhibition features outstanding artwork created by students in all schools within the Brandywine School District, from elementary through high school. Each year, many wonderful works are on display, including paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture, and three dimensional pieces. The elementary exhibition will be open on March 5th and 6th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and run to March 17th. The secondary exhibition will open on March 20th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and run to March 31st.

Add to Calendar America/New_York Young Brandywine Artists Opening Night- Secondary The Young Brandywine Artists Exhibition features outstanding artwork created by students in all schools within the Brandywine School District, from elementary through high school. Each year, many wonderful works are on display, including paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture, and three dimensional pieces. The elementary exhibition will be open on March 5th and 6th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and run to March 17th. The secondary exhibition will open on March 20th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and run to March 31st. Alapocas Run State Park

Green Willow: Jim Malcolm

Thursday, March 21, 2019

7:30 a.m.

As both singer and songwriter, Jim Malcolm is one of the most distinctive voices in Scottish music. He was lead singer of the phenomenal Scottish band Old Blind Dogs for seven years. Jim has a huge repertoire of songs from the Scottish tradition and is a noted interpreter of Robert Burns. These old songs are complemented by his own original and award-winning songs. For more information and tickets, visit greenwillow.org

Add to Calendar America/New_York Green Willow: Jim Malcolm As both singer and songwriter, Jim Malcolm is one of the most distinctive voices in Scottish music. He was lead singer of the phenomenal Scottish band Old Blind Dogs for seven years. Jim has a huge repertoire of songs from the Scottish tradition and is a noted interpreter of Robert Burns. These old songs are complemented by his own original and award-winning songs. For more information and tickets, visit greenwillow.org Alapocas Run State Park

Featured Program: Young Brandywine Artists Exhibition

Thursday, March 21, 2019

8 a.m.

The Young Brandywine Artists Exhibition features outstanding artwork created by students in all schools within the Brandywine School District, from elementary through high school. Each year, many wonderful works are on display, including paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture, and three dimensional pieces. The elementary exhibition will be open on March 5th and 6th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and run to March 17th. The secondary exhibition will open on March 20th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and run to March 31st.

Add to Calendar America/New_York Featured Program: Young Brandywine Artists Exhibition The Young Brandywine Artists Exhibition features outstanding artwork created by students in all schools within the Brandywine School District, from elementary through high school. Each year, many wonderful works are on display, including paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture, and three dimensional pieces. The elementary exhibition will be open on March 5th and 6th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and run to March 17th. The secondary exhibition will open on March 20th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and run to March 31st. Alapocas Run State Park

Featured Program: Pacem in Terris: Youth Peace Art Exhibiton

Thursday, April 4, 2019

8 a.m.

Pacem in Terris is a grassroots, non-partisan, interfaith, member-supported non-profit organization that brings together people of all ages, ethnic backgrounds and professions for the purpose of positive peaceful change on the local, national and global level. The Youth Peace Art Exhibition is where the art and words of young people can help us all see the world anew. “It is an opportunity for all of us to learn from our younger citizens what the world should be like.”

Add to Calendar America/New_York Featured Program: Pacem in Terris: Youth Peace Art Exhibiton Pacem in Terris is a grassroots, non-partisan, interfaith, member-supported non-profit organization that brings together people of all ages, ethnic backgrounds and professions for the purpose of positive peaceful change on the local, national and global level. The Youth Peace Art Exhibition is where the art and words of young people can help us all see the world anew. “It is an opportunity for all of us to learn from our younger citizens what the world should be like.” Alapocas Run State Park

Featured Program: Macro-Mayhem

Saturday, April 6, 2019

10 a.m.

Get your feet wet and your hands dirty searching for aquatic critters in the freshwater streams of Alapocas Woods. Naturalists will lead a biological survey of the stream and chemical assessment of the water. Pre-registration by April 5 is required. Free

Add to Calendar America/New_York Featured Program: Macro-Mayhem Get your feet wet and your hands dirty searching for aquatic critters in the freshwater streams of Alapocas Woods. Naturalists will lead a biological survey of the stream and chemical assessment of the water. Pre-registration by April 5 is required. Free Alapocas Run State Park

Macro-Mayhem

Saturday, April 6, 2019

10 a.m.

Get your feet wet and your hands dirty searching for aquatic critters in the freshwater streams of Alapocas Woods. Naturalists will lead a biological survey of the stream and chemical assessment of the water. Pre-registration by April 5th is required. Free

Add to Calendar America/New_York Macro-Mayhem Get your feet wet and your hands dirty searching for aquatic critters in the freshwater streams of Alapocas Woods. Naturalists will lead a biological survey of the stream and chemical assessment of the water. Pre-registration by April 5th is required. Free Alapocas Run State Park

Meandering Meal

Saturday, April 20, 2019

12 p.m.

Join us for our second annual progressive lunch hike. Hike along the Northern Delaware Greenway Trail and experience a three course meal prepared by local restaurants. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite at meandering-meal-2019.eventbrite.com. $40 per person

Add to Calendar America/New_York Meandering Meal Join us for our second annual progressive lunch hike. Hike along the Northern Delaware Greenway Trail and experience a three course meal prepared by local restaurants. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite at meandering-meal-2019.eventbrite.com. $40 per person Alapocas Run State Park

Green Willow: Kevin Burke

Thursday, April 25, 2019

7:30 p.m.

Kevin Burke, has been among the most highly regarded traditional Irish fiddlers in the world, not only for his solo career but for his work with legendary bands as well. This will be an intimate, solo performance featuring Kevin performing his favorite tunes - and telling a few stories as well. For more information and tickets, visit greenwillow.org

Add to Calendar America/New_York Green Willow: Kevin Burke Kevin Burke, has been among the most highly regarded traditional Irish fiddlers in the world, not only for his solo career but for his work with legendary bands as well. This will be an intimate, solo performance featuring Kevin performing his favorite tunes - and telling a few stories as well. For more information and tickets, visit greenwillow.org Alapocas Run State Park

Art in Science Opening Night

Friday, May 3, 2019

5 p.m.

What do you get when you combine Art in Science with Foodie Friday? A delicious opening reception! The Art in Science exhibit educates visitors on the cutting-edge research taking place at University of Delaware and its potential impact on local, national, and international communities. The art displayed is created by UD researchers, graduate students, and undergraduates, and is representative of the research at UD and the creativity behind it. Proceeds of print sales support Art in Science’s goal to promote community outreach, education, and inclusion. Beer and wine will be available for purchase along with tasty bites from local food trucks. Listen to live music while purchasing prints from the exhibit. The entry fee will benefit Friends of Wilmington Parks and Art in Science. $5 per person.

Add to Calendar America/New_York Art in Science Opening Night What do you get when you combine Art in Science with Foodie Friday? A delicious opening reception! The Art in Science exhibit educates visitors on the cutting-edge research taking place at University of Delaware and its potential impact on local, national, and international communities. The art displayed is created by UD researchers, graduate students, and undergraduates, and is representative of the research at UD and the creativity behind it. Proceeds of print sales support Art in Science’s goal to promote community outreach, education, and inclusion. Beer and wine will be available for purchase along with tasty bites from local food trucks. Listen to live music while purchasing prints from the exhibit. The entry fee will benefit Friends of Wilmington Parks and Art in Science. $5 per person. Alapocas Run State Park

Featured Program: 3rd Annual Art in Science Exhibition

Saturday, May 4, 2019

8 a.m.

The Art in Science exhibit educates visitors on the cutting-edge research taking place at University of Delaware and its potential impact on local, national, and international communities. The art displayed is created by UD researchers, graduate students, and undergraduates, and is representative of the research at UD and the creativity behind it. Proceeds of print sales support Art in Science’s goal to promote community outreach, education, and inclusion.

Add to Calendar America/New_York Featured Program: 3rd Annual Art in Science Exhibition The Art in Science exhibit educates visitors on the cutting-edge research taking place at University of Delaware and its potential impact on local, national, and international communities. The art displayed is created by UD researchers, graduate students, and undergraduates, and is representative of the research at UD and the creativity behind it. Proceeds of print sales support Art in Science’s goal to promote community outreach, education, and inclusion. Alapocas Run State Park

Introduction to Rock Climbing

Saturday, May 4, 2019

9:30 a.m.

Ages 8 and up After a brief introduction to equipment, climbing and safety, get harnessed up and climb on our natural rock wall. Park staff will instruct, guide and belay all climbers. Children under 18 must be accompanied by parent. Please note that it is a 10 minute walk from the parking lot with hills. Pre-registration and payment required by noon on the Friday prior to the program date. $25 per person

Add to Calendar America/New_York Introduction to Rock Climbing Ages 8 and up After a brief introduction to equipment, climbing and safety, get harnessed up and climb on our natural rock wall. Park staff will instruct, guide and belay all climbers. Children under 18 must be accompanied by parent. Please note that it is a 10 minute walk from the parking lot with hills. Pre-registration and payment required by noon on the Friday prior to the program date. $25 per person Alapocas Run State Park

Creek Fest

Saturday, May 4, 2019

12 p.m.

Stop by to see the Wilmington State Parks’ Naturalist at White Clay Creek State Park’s Creek Fest! Join Delaware State Parks, White Clay Wild and Scenic Program, National Park Service, Suez United Water and other local organizations as we celebrate our precious natural resource – the White Clay Creek! We will have guided hikes, special presentations, great food, local and live music, kid’s activities, displays and exhibits including live animals!

Add to Calendar America/New_York Creek Fest Stop by to see the Wilmington State Parks’ Naturalist at White Clay Creek State Park’s Creek Fest! Join Delaware State Parks, White Clay Wild and Scenic Program, National Park Service, Suez United Water and other local organizations as we celebrate our precious natural resource – the White Clay Creek! We will have guided hikes, special presentations, great food, local and live music, kid’s activities, displays and exhibits including live animals! Alapocas Run State Park

Introduction to Rock Climbing

Saturday, May 18, 2019

9:30 a.m.

Ages 8 and up After a brief introduction to equipment, climbing and safety, get harnessed up and climb on our natural rock wall. Park staff will instruct, guide and belay all climbers. Children under 18 must be accompanied by parent. Please note that it is a 10 minute walk from the parking lot with hills. Pre-registration and payment required by noon on the Friday prior to the program date. $25 per person

Add to Calendar America/New_York Introduction to Rock Climbing Ages 8 and up After a brief introduction to equipment, climbing and safety, get harnessed up and climb on our natural rock wall. Park staff will instruct, guide and belay all climbers. Children under 18 must be accompanied by parent. Please note that it is a 10 minute walk from the parking lot with hills. Pre-registration and payment required by noon on the Friday prior to the program date. $25 per person Alapocas Run State Park

Pedal through the Parks

Saturday, May 25, 2019

9:30 a.m.

Join the naturalists from Alapocas Run and Bellevue State Parks and our partner Delaware Greenways for a leisurely bike ride from the Blue Ball Barn, Alapocas Run State Park to Bellevue State Park using the Northern Delaware Greenway Trail. The ride will start and end at the Blue Ball Barn. Participants must bring their own bike, helmet and lunch. Pre-registration and payment required by noon, May 23rd. $5 per person/$15 per family of 4

Add to Calendar America/New_York Pedal through the Parks Join the naturalists from Alapocas Run and Bellevue State Parks and our partner Delaware Greenways for a leisurely bike ride from the Blue Ball Barn, Alapocas Run State Park to Bellevue State Park using the Northern Delaware Greenway Trail. The ride will start and end at the Blue Ball Barn. Participants must bring their own bike, helmet and lunch. Pre-registration and payment required by noon, May 23rd. $5 per person/$15 per family of 4 Alapocas Run State Park

Nature Rock Climbing Camp

Monday, June 17, 2019

8:30 a.m.

Learn to climb, make some friends and have great nature adventures. Campers will learn the basics of rock climbing while exploring the natural world in Alapocas Run State Park. Climbing equipment is provided.

Add to Calendar 8 10 America/New_York Nature Rock Climbing Camp Learn to climb, make some friends and have great nature adventures. Campers will learn the basics of rock climbing while exploring the natural world in Alapocas Run State Park. Climbing equipment is provided. Alapocas Run State Park

Rock Climbing Adventure Camp

Monday, June 24, 2019

8:30 a.m.

Test your strength, agility and concentration while exploring the world of rock climbing. Campers will enjoy climbing and hiking at Alapocas Run, and will go on a camping adventure. Climbing equipment is provided.

Add to Calendar 11 13 America/New_York Rock Climbing Adventure Camp Test your strength, agility and concentration while exploring the world of rock climbing. Campers will enjoy climbing and hiking at Alapocas Run, and will go on a camping adventure. Climbing equipment is provided. Alapocas Run State Park

Rock and Rappel Climbing Camp

Monday, July 8, 2019

8:30 a.m.

Challenge your mental and physical skills while exploring the world of rock climbing. Campers will discover the basics of top rope climbing, learn belaying and rappelling, and have an adventure. Climbing equipment is provided.

Add to Calendar 13 16 America/New_York Rock and Rappel Climbing Camp Challenge your mental and physical skills while exploring the world of rock climbing. Campers will discover the basics of top rope climbing, learn belaying and rappelling, and have an adventure. Climbing equipment is provided. Alapocas Run State Park

Rock Climbing Adventure Camp

Monday, July 15, 2019

8:30 a.m.

Test your strength, agility and concentration while exploring the world of rock climbing. Campers will enjoy climbing and hiking at Alapocas Run, and will go on a camping adventure. Climbing equipment is provided.

Add to Calendar 11 13 America/New_York Rock Climbing Adventure Camp Test your strength, agility and concentration while exploring the world of rock climbing. Campers will enjoy climbing and hiking at Alapocas Run, and will go on a camping adventure. Climbing equipment is provided. Alapocas Run State Park

Rock and Rappel Climbing Camp

Monday, July 22, 2019

8:30 a.m.

Challenge your mental and physical skills while exploring the world of rock climbing. Campers will discover the basics of top rope climbing, learn belaying and rappelling, and have an adventure. Climbing equipment is provided.

Add to Calendar 13 16 America/New_York Rock and Rappel Climbing Camp Challenge your mental and physical skills while exploring the world of rock climbing. Campers will discover the basics of top rope climbing, learn belaying and rappelling, and have an adventure. Climbing equipment is provided. Alapocas Run State Park