Picture of White Clay Creek

White Clay Creek State Park


Trail Safety Notice

A portion of the Twin Valley/Mason Dixon Trail is closed until further notice. A bridge spanning a ravine was destroyed by a fallen tree, and the bridge is not safe. Please access the Arc Corner Monument from the Carpenter Trailhead. Posted 10/21/19

Find Your Adventure at White Clay Creek

White Clay Creek is stocked with trout

Go Fish

White Clay Creek is the most heavily stocked water in the state of Delaware! Try fly-fishing, or casting your line from the creek’s edge. The park offers catch-and-release fishing for largemouth bass, and Smith Mill Pond offers accessible docks for anglers of all abilities.

Trail at White Clay Creek State Park

Explore A Diverse Trail System

With 37+ miles of trails, this is a popular destination for hikers, bikers, runners, and mountain bikers! Hikers of all abilities can enjoy paved trails, and historical monuments throughout the park tell the history of White Clay and the state of Delaware.

Chambers House Nature Center at White Clay Creek State Park

Visit the Chambers House Nature Center

Visit the 200-year-old Chambers House Nature Center to learn the history of the park and the natural and cultural resources of this piedmont stream valley. Hike along the creek trail to enjoy views of the creek, wildlife and geologic outcroppings.

Sanguinaria canadensis bloodroot at White Clay Creek State Park

Discover a Wild and Scenic River

White Clay Creek is a nationally-designated Wild and Scenic River. Check out the spring wildflowers that bloom along the creek, including trout lily, spring beauty, bloodroot, nodding trillium, and mayapple.

 

Disc golf is popular at White Clay Creek State Park

Play Disc Golf

The disc golf course at the Carpenter Recreation Area is an 18-round course that meanders through wooded areas. Even better: the course is located near picnic areas and pavilions!

 

Bryans Field trail at White Clay Creek State Park

Superintendent’s Pick: Bryan’s Field Trail

Hike or mountain bike this trail for great wildlife viewing opportunities and access to hunting and fishing areas. For advanced bikers, there is a challenging mountain biking skills course. Don’t forget to check out the Post Mark’d West!

About the Park

The land that is today known as White Clay Creek State Park includes parts of the boundary line made famous by Mason and Dixon, who began their historic survey at “a post mark’d west,” a location that lies within the park.

As overdevelopment in the northern part of the state became a matter of increasing concern in the late 1960s, the state began to purchase lands adjoining a small recreational park, which in 1975 became known as Walter S. Carpenter State Park. State land acquisitions and donations from the Du Pont family and others eventually enlarged the park to over 3,600 acres. It was renamed White Clay Creek State Park in 1995. The White Clay Creek was named a National Wild and Scenic River by the National Park Service in 2000, which added an additional layer of protection to the area.

Master Plan in Progress

The Division of Parks and Recreation is beginning the process of creating a master plan for White Clay Creek State Park. The purpose of this master plan is to provide a vision and a framework for the stewardship and use of the park.

Freshwater Fishing

Millstone and Cattail Ponds offer year-round fishing for bluegill and crappie, and a catch-and-release program for largemouth bass. The White Clay Creek offers anglers the opportunity to fish for stocked rainbow and brown trout. Trout fishing opens the first Saturday in April. A fishing license is required at all times when fishing. A trout stamp is required April through June 30th and again October through November. The creek closes to all fishing two weeks prior to the opening day of trout season. Get information on fishing permits..

Hiking and Biking

trail at white clay creek with a wooden fence next to it

Over 37 miles of trails lead explorers to historic sites and scenic vistas overlooking lush valleys and impressive rock outcrops. Hikers and mountain bikers enjoy the large number of easy-to-moderate trails throughout the park. Of special interest are those at Possum Hill and the Judge Morris Estate, along with the Pomeroy Rail-Trail, which runs alongside White Clay Creek.

The Judge Morris Estate

Built in 1790, the former home of Delaware native Judge Hugh M. Morris is perfect for weddings, private parties, and business gatherings. Private tours of the Judge Morris Estate are available for groups up to 15 people. Multiple tours can be arranged for larger groups. Hold your event at the Judge Morris Estate

Upcoming Events

Holiday Nature Craft Kit

Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 9:00 AM

We’ve got a variety of crafts that children can make for loved ones including holiday gnomes, a pinecone craft, card making supplies, natural ornament supplies and more. Contact the Nature Center for a complete list of projects and items you need to supply yourself. $15 per kit, includes instructions. Must call to pre-pay for your kit by December 4. Pick up your kit on December 12.

Add to Calendar 12/12/2020 9:00:00 AM 12/12/2020 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Holiday Nature Craft Kit We’ve got a variety of crafts that children can make for loved ones including holiday gnomes, a pinecone craft, card making supplies, natural ornament supplies and more. Contact the Nature Center for a complete list of projects and items you need to supply yourself. $15 per kit, includes instructions. Must call to pre-pay for your kit by December 4. Pick up your kit on December 12. White Clay Creek State Park

Solstice Hike

Monday, December 21, 2020 at 9:00 AM

Join us to celebrate the solstice, the “shortest” day of the year and a time for renewal and reflection. We’ll take a hike along one of our favorite trails to celebrate the changing of the seasons. Pre-registration required. Free

Add to Calendar 12/21/2020 9:00:00 AM 12/21/2020 10:00:00 AM America/New_York Solstice Hike Join us to celebrate the solstice, the “shortest” day of the year and a time for renewal and reflection. We’ll take a hike along one of our favorite trails to celebrate the changing of the seasons. Pre-registration required. Free White Clay Creek State Park

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