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

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.. WARNING: The State online automated fishing license system is NOT compatible with mobile devices or iPads and may encounter printing issues with touch screen computers and Apple products.

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

Owl Prowl

Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 7:00 PM

White Clay Creek State Park is home to some very special Owls. Learn about these night hunters, then hike along the creek to hear their calls. Pre-Registration is required by calling the Park Office (302)368-6900 by noon on Friday. $5 per person.

Add to Calendar 11/30/2019 7:00:00 PM 11/23/2019 8:30:00 PM America/New_York Owl Prowl White Clay Creek State Park is home to some very special Owls. Learn about these night hunters, then hike along the creek to hear their calls. Pre-Registration is required by calling the Park Office (302)368-6900 by noon on Friday. $5 per person. White Clay Creek State Park

Wreath Making at the Judge Morris Estate

Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 10:00 AM

Join us for a cup of coffee in the cozy Judge Morris Estate during our wreath making workshop. Bring clippers and gloves. Must pre-register with payment. $30 per person/session includes greens, base and accents for one holiday wreath. Call 302-368-6900 to register for either the morning or afternoon session.

Add to Calendar 12/7/2019 10:00:00 AM 12/7/2019 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Wreath Making at the Judge Morris Estate Join us for a cup of coffee in the cozy Judge Morris Estate during our wreath making workshop. Bring clippers and gloves. Must pre-register with payment. $30 per person/session includes greens, base and accents for one holiday wreath. Call 302-368-6900 to register for either the morning or afternoon session. White Clay Creek State Park

Wreath Making at the Judge Morris Estate

Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 1:00 PM

Join us for a cup of coffee in the cozy Judge Morris Estate during our wreath making workshop. Bring clippers and gloves. Must pre-register with payment. $30 per person/session includes greens, base and accents for one holiday wreath. Call 302-368-6900 to register for either the morning or afternoon session.

Add to Calendar 12/7/2019 1:00:00 PM 12/7/2019 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Wreath Making at the Judge Morris Estate Join us for a cup of coffee in the cozy Judge Morris Estate during our wreath making workshop. Bring clippers and gloves. Must pre-register with payment. $30 per person/session includes greens, base and accents for one holiday wreath. Call 302-368-6900 to register for either the morning or afternoon session. White Clay Creek State Park

Hiking Series: Naturalist Led Trail Exploration

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 1:00 PM

New to the park? Ready to find a new favorite trail? Then join the park naturalist on this series to explore the trails of White Clay Creek State Park. Dress for the weather, bring bottled water and come ready for adventure! Please register by noon on Tuesday by calling the park office (302)368-6900. Meeting location provided upon registration. Free

Add to Calendar 12/11/2019 1:00:00 PM 12/11/2019 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Hiking Series: Naturalist Led Trail Exploration New to the park? Ready to find a new favorite trail? Then join the park naturalist on this series to explore the trails of White Clay Creek State Park. Dress for the weather, bring bottled water and come ready for adventure! Please register by noon on Tuesday by calling the park office (302)368-6900. Meeting location provided upon registration. Free White Clay Creek State Park

Park After Dark: Full Moon Hike

Friday, December 13, 2019 at 6:30 PM

Join the park naturalist for an evening hike on or just before the full moon and enjoy the moon’s journey in the sky. Must pre-register by calling the park office (302)368-6900. Meeting location provided upon registration. Free

Add to Calendar 12/13/2019 6:30:00 PM 12/13/2019 8:00:00 PM America/New_York Park After Dark: Full Moon Hike Join the park naturalist for an evening hike on or just before the full moon and enjoy the moon’s journey in the sky. Must pre-register by calling the park office (302)368-6900. Meeting location provided upon registration. Free White Clay Creek State Park

Nature Nuggets

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 9:30 AM

Each program will have a different theme and lots of hands-on nature fun. December's theme is The Lovely Trees of Winter and may include inside learning, an outdoor activity, and a craft. Please dress for the weather. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Chambers House Nature Center. For children ages 2 to 5 (with adult). $5 per child

Add to Calendar 12/18/2019 9:30:00 AM 12/18/2019 9:30:00 AM America/New_York Nature Nuggets Each program will have a different theme and lots of hands-on nature fun. December's theme is The Lovely Trees of Winter and may include inside learning, an outdoor activity, and a craft. Please dress for the weather. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Chambers House Nature Center. For children ages 2 to 5 (with adult). $5 per child White Clay Creek State Park

Winter Solstice Celebration

Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 1:00 PM

Join in on the celebration of the shortest day of the year! We will learn about animals in winter and celebrate the changing of the season with a lantern craft, winter stories, and a sweet treat! Meet at the Chambers House Nature Center. Call 302-368-6900 to register. $5 per child

Add to Calendar 12/21/2019 1:00:00 PM 12/21/2019 2:30:00 PM America/New_York Winter Solstice Celebration Join in on the celebration of the shortest day of the year! We will learn about animals in winter and celebrate the changing of the season with a lantern craft, winter stories, and a sweet treat! Meet at the Chambers House Nature Center. Call 302-368-6900 to register. $5 per child White Clay Creek State Park

First Day Hike

Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at 1:00 PM

Start your new year off right on this family hike led by park staff and members of the Friends of White Clay Creek State Park. Meet at the Carpenter Recreation Area, 880 New London Road, or the Nature Center, 1475 Creek Road. Free

Add to Calendar 1/1/2020 1:00:00 PM 1/1/2020 2:30:00 PM America/New_York First Day Hike Start your new year off right on this family hike led by park staff and members of the Friends of White Clay Creek State Park. Meet at the Carpenter Recreation Area, 880 New London Road, or the Nature Center, 1475 Creek Road. Free White Clay Creek State Park

Park After Dark: Hot Chocolate Hike

Friday, January 10, 2020 at 6:30 PM

Join the park naturalist for an early evening hike along the Creek Road trail. We will provide hot chocolate to help keep you warm! Bring a travel mug with lid. Pre-registration required by noon on Friday. Call 302-368-6900 to register. $5 per person

Add to Calendar 1/10/2020 6:30:00 PM 1/10/2020 8:00:00 PM America/New_York Park After Dark: Hot Chocolate Hike Join the park naturalist for an early evening hike along the Creek Road trail. We will provide hot chocolate to help keep you warm! Bring a travel mug with lid. Pre-registration required by noon on Friday. Call 302-368-6900 to register. $5 per person White Clay Creek State Park

Nature Nuggets

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 9:30 AM

Each program will have a different theme and lots of hands-on nature fun. January's theme is Footprints in the Snow! and may include inside learning, an outdoor activity, and a craft. Please dress for the weather. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Chambers House Nature Center. For children ages 2 to 5 (with adult). $5 per child

Add to Calendar 1/15/2020 9:30:00 AM 1/15/2020 10:30:00 AM America/New_York Nature Nuggets Each program will have a different theme and lots of hands-on nature fun. January's theme is Footprints in the Snow! and may include inside learning, an outdoor activity, and a craft. Please dress for the weather. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Chambers House Nature Center. For children ages 2 to 5 (with adult). $5 per child White Clay Creek State Park

Hiking Series: Naturalist Led Trail Exploration

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 1:00 PM

New to the park? Ready to find a new favorite trail? Then join the park naturalist on this series to explore the trails of White Clay Creek State Park. Dress for the weather, bring bottled water and come ready for adventure! Please register by noon on Tuesday by calling the park office (302)368-6900. Meeting location provided upon registration. Free

Add to Calendar 1/15/2020 1:00:00 PM 1/15/2020 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Hiking Series: Naturalist Led Trail Exploration New to the park? Ready to find a new favorite trail? Then join the park naturalist on this series to explore the trails of White Clay Creek State Park. Dress for the weather, bring bottled water and come ready for adventure! Please register by noon on Tuesday by calling the park office (302)368-6900. Meeting location provided upon registration. Free White Clay Creek State Park

Beginning Winter Birding

Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 10:00 AM

Enjoy this Saturday morning learning about birds in winter. Make a bird-feeder craft, learn about local birds, and go on a short hike. Meet at the Chambers House Nature Center. Call 302-368-6900 to register.

Add to Calendar 1/18/2020 10:00:00 AM 1/18/2020 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Beginning Winter Birding Enjoy this Saturday morning learning about birds in winter. Make a bird-feeder craft, learn about local birds, and go on a short hike. Meet at the Chambers House Nature Center. Call 302-368-6900 to register. White Clay Creek State Park

Hiking Series: Naturalist Led Trail Exploration

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 1:00 PM

New to the park? Ready to find a new favorite trail? Then join the park naturalist on this series to explore the trails in White Clay Creek State Park. Dress for the weather, bring bottled water and come ready for adventure! Please register by noon on Tuesday by calling the park office (302)368-6900. Meeting locations provided upon registration. Free

Add to Calendar 2/5/2020 1:00:00 PM 2/5/2020 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Hiking Series: Naturalist Led Trail Exploration New to the park? Ready to find a new favorite trail? Then join the park naturalist on this series to explore the trails in White Clay Creek State Park. Dress for the weather, bring bottled water and come ready for adventure! Please register by noon on Tuesday by calling the park office (302)368-6900. Meeting locations provided upon registration. Free White Clay Creek State Park

Beginning Winter Birding

Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 10:00 AM

Enjoy this Saturday morning learning about birds in winter. Make a bird-feeder craft, learn about local birds, and go on a short hike. Meet at the Chambers House Nature Center. Call 302-368-6900 to register.

Add to Calendar 2/8/2020 10:00:00 AM 2/8/2020 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Beginning Winter Birding Enjoy this Saturday morning learning about birds in winter. Make a bird-feeder craft, learn about local birds, and go on a short hike. Meet at the Chambers House Nature Center. Call 302-368-6900 to register. White Clay Creek State Park

Park After Dark: Hot Chocolate Hike

Friday, February 14, 2020 at 6:30 PM

Join the park naturalist for an early evening hike along the Creek Road trail. We will provide hot chocolate to help keep you warm! Bring a travel mug with lid. Pre-registration required by noon on Friday. Call 302-368-6900 to register. $5 per person

Add to Calendar 2/14/2020 6:30:00 PM 2/14/2020 8:00:00 PM America/New_York Park After Dark: Hot Chocolate Hike Join the park naturalist for an early evening hike along the Creek Road trail. We will provide hot chocolate to help keep you warm! Bring a travel mug with lid. Pre-registration required by noon on Friday. Call 302-368-6900 to register. $5 per person White Clay Creek State Park

Nature Nuggets

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 9:30 AM

Each program will have a different theme and lots of hands-on nature fun. February's theme is Nature is My Valentine and may include inside learning, an outdoor activity, and a craft. Please dress for the weather. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Chambers House Nature Center. For children ages 2 to 5 (with adult). $5 per child

Add to Calendar 2/19/2020 9:30:00 AM 2/19/2020 10:30:00 AM America/New_York Nature Nuggets Each program will have a different theme and lots of hands-on nature fun. February's theme is Nature is My Valentine and may include inside learning, an outdoor activity, and a craft. Please dress for the weather. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Chambers House Nature Center. For children ages 2 to 5 (with adult). $5 per child White Clay Creek State Park

Hiking Series: Naturalist Led Trail Exploration

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 1:00 PM

New to the park? Ready to find a new favorite trail? Then join the park naturalist on this series to explore the trails in White Clay Creek State Park. Dress for the weather, bring bottled water and come ready for adventure! Please register by noon on Tuesday by calling the park office (302)368-6900. Meeting locations provided upon registration. Free

Add to Calendar 2/19/2020 1:00:00 PM 2/19/2020 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Hiking Series: Naturalist Led Trail Exploration New to the park? Ready to find a new favorite trail? Then join the park naturalist on this series to explore the trails in White Clay Creek State Park. Dress for the weather, bring bottled water and come ready for adventure! Please register by noon on Tuesday by calling the park office (302)368-6900. Meeting locations provided upon registration. Free White Clay Creek State Park

Introduction to Fly Fishing

Monday, February 24, 2020 at 7:00 PM

Bring any equipment you have and join Ed O’Donnell and Sam Palermo of the Friends of White Clay Creek State Park and learn the basics of fly fishing on day one and fly tying on day two. Must pre-register by the Friday before the program by calling the park office (302)368-6900. Meets at the Nature Center. Free

Add to Calendar 2/24/2020 7:00:00 PM 2/24/2020 8:30:00 PM America/New_York Introduction to Fly Fishing Bring any equipment you have and join Ed O’Donnell and Sam Palermo of the Friends of White Clay Creek State Park and learn the basics of fly fishing on day one and fly tying on day two. Must pre-register by the Friday before the program by calling the park office (302)368-6900. Meets at the Nature Center. Free White Clay Creek State Park

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