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ALAPOCAS RUN STATE PARK


Special Notice 6/5/19

The Bancroft Mills pedestrian bridge and the trail running underneath the bridge will be closed June 6, 7, and 10 for maintenance. The bridge will be open over the weekend. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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: Pawpaw Folk Festival

Come to the Blue Ball Barn for a unique folk experience. We are going to make a day of music, storyteller fun, "down home" food, folk artists and Pawpaw tasting. Free Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 10:00 AM

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Add to Calendar 8/10/2019 10:00:00 AM 8/10/2019 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Featured Program: Pawpaw Folk Festival Come to the Blue Ball Barn for a unique folk experience. We are going to make a day of music, storyteller fun, "down home" food, folk artists and Pawpaw tasting. 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

Nature on the Go

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

10:00 AM

Join the naturalists as we explore the world around us. Drop in each week to discover how everything on Earth is connected. Can -Do Playground, Free with paid park admission.

Add to Calendar 6/18/2019 10:00:00 AM 6/18/2019 11:30:00 AM America/New_York Nature on the Go Join the naturalists as we explore the world around us. Drop in each week to discover how everything on Earth is connected. Can -Do Playground, Free with paid park admission. Alapocas Run State Park

Rock Climbing Adventure Camp - FULL

Monday, June 24, 2019

8:30 AM

This camp is full. Please select another 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.

Add to Calendar 6/24/2019 8:30:00 AM 6/28/2019 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Rock Climbing Adventure Camp - FULL This camp is full. Please select another 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

Nature on the Go

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

10:00 AM

Join the naturalists as we explore the world around us. Drop in each week to discover how everything on Earth is connected. Free with paid park admission. Can Do Playground

Add to Calendar 6/25/2019 10:00:00 AM 6/25/2019 11:30:00 AM America/New_York Nature on the Go Join the naturalists as we explore the world around us. Drop in each week to discover how everything on Earth is connected. Free with paid park admission. Can Do Playground Alapocas Run State Park

Introduction to Rock Climbing

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

6:00 PM

Ages 8 and up $25 per person 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. Pre-registration with full payment required by noon Tuesday/Friday before the program date. Call (302)577-1164 to register.

Add to Calendar 7/3/2019 6:00:00 PM 7/3/2019 8:00:00 PM America/New_York Introduction to Rock Climbing Ages 8 and up $25 per person 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. Pre-registration with full payment required by noon Tuesday/Friday before the program date. Call (302)577-1164 to register. Alapocas Run State Park

Introduction to Rock Climbing

Saturday, July 6, 2019

9:30 AM

Ages 8 and up $25 per person 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. Pre-registration with full payment required by noon Tuesday/Friday before the program date. Call (302)577-1164 to register.

Add to Calendar 7/6/2019 9:30:00 AM 7/6/2019 11:30:00 AM America/New_York Introduction to Rock Climbing Ages 8 and up $25 per person 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. Pre-registration with full payment required by noon Tuesday/Friday before the program date. Call (302)577-1164 to register. Alapocas Run State Park

Brandywine Rugby Cheesesteak 7's Tournament

Sunday, July 7, 2019

8:00 AM

Outside group event - contact event coordinators for information

Add to Calendar 7/7/2019 8:00:00 AM 7/7/2019 5:00:00 PM America/New_York Brandywine Rugby Cheesesteak 7's Tournament Outside group event - contact event coordinators for information Alapocas Run State Park

Rock and Rappel Climbing Camp

Monday, July 8, 2019

8:30 AM

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 7/8/2019 8:30:00 AM 7/12/2019 12:00:00 AM 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 AM

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 7/15/2019 8:30:00 AM 7/19/2019 12:00:00 AM 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 AM

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 7/22/2019 8:30:00 AM 7/26/2019 12:00:00 AM 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

Nature on the Go

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

10:00 AM

Join the naturalists as we explore the world around us. Drop in each week to discover how everything on Earth is connected. Free with paid park admission

Add to Calendar 7/23/2019 10:00:00 AM 7/23/2019 11:30:00 AM America/New_York Nature on the Go Join the naturalists as we explore the world around us. Drop in each week to discover how everything on Earth is connected. Free with paid park admission Alapocas Run State Park

Introduction to Rock Climbing

Saturday, August 3, 2019

9:30 AM

Ages 8 and up $25 per person 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. Pre-registration with full payment required by noon Tuesday/Friday before the program date. Call (302)577-1164 to register.

Add to Calendar 8/3/2019 9:30:00 AM 8/3/2019 11:30:00 AM America/New_York Introduction to Rock Climbing Ages 8 and up $25 per person 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. Pre-registration with full payment required by noon Tuesday/Friday before the program date. Call (302)577-1164 to register. Alapocas Run State Park

Introduction to Rock Climbing

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

5:30 PM

Ages 8 and up $25 per person 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. Pre-registration with full payment required by noon Tuesday/Friday before the program date. Call (302)577-1164 to register.

Add to Calendar 8/7/2019 5:30:00 PM 8/7/2019 7:30:00 PM America/New_York Introduction to Rock Climbing Ages 8 and up $25 per person 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. Pre-registration with full payment required by noon Tuesday/Friday before the program date. Call (302)577-1164 to register. Alapocas Run State Park

Pawpaw Folk Festival

Saturday, August 10, 2019

10:00 AM

Come to the Blue Ball Barn for a unique folk experience. We are going to make a day of music, story teller fun, ‘down home’ food, folk artists and Pawpaw tasting. Free with paid park admission

Add to Calendar 8/10/2019 10:00:00 AM 8/10/2019 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Pawpaw Folk Festival Come to the Blue Ball Barn for a unique folk experience. We are going to make a day of music, story teller fun, ‘down home’ food, folk artists and Pawpaw tasting. Free with paid park admission Alapocas Run State Park

Featured Program: Pawpaw Folk Festival

Saturday, August 10, 2019

10:00 AM

Come to the Blue Ball Barn for a unique folk experience. We are going to make a day of music, storyteller fun, "down home" food, folk artists and Pawpaw tasting. Free

Add to Calendar 8/10/2019 10:00:00 AM 8/10/2019 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Featured Program: Pawpaw Folk Festival Come to the Blue Ball Barn for a unique folk experience. We are going to make a day of music, storyteller fun, "down home" food, folk artists and Pawpaw tasting. Free Alapocas Run State Park

Introduction to Rock Climbing

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

5:30 PM

Ages 8 and up $25 per person 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. Pre-registration with full payment required by noon Tuesday/Friday before the program date. Call (302)577-1164 to register.

Add to Calendar 8/21/2019 5:30:00 PM 8/21/2019 7:30:00 PM America/New_York Introduction to Rock Climbing Ages 8 and up $25 per person 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. Pre-registration with full payment required by noon Tuesday/Friday before the program date. Call (302)577-1164 to register. Alapocas Run State Park