Hiking at Lums Pond

Trails





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Alapocas Woods - Alapocas Run

Trail Type: Hiking , 0.7 miles

Accessible? No, Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Trail Head: Parking Area adjacent to the ball fields

Walk this trail under towering hardwood trees, through varying terrain and rocky surfaces. The trail surface is paved. Follow side trails for additional hiking or connect with the Northern Delaware Greenway Trail. Passport? Yes

PawPaw - Alapocas Run

Trail Type: Hiking , 0.3 miles

Accessible? No , Difficulty: Easy

Trail Head: Alapocas Woods Trails

This short loop trail follows an easy contour over packed earth and rocky terrain. Nature enthusiasts will experience the colonies of Pawpaw trees and their early spring flowers. The trail also features rock outcroppings which overlook the Brandywine River. Passport? No

Northern Delaware Greenway - Alapocas Run

Trail Type: Hiking, Biking , 2 miles

Accessible? Yes, Difficulty: Easy

Trail Head: Blue Ball Barn parking lot, Parking lot off East Park Drive

This shared-use trail spans northern New Castle County with portions traversing several state and county parks. In Alapocas Run State Park, the trail is wide has a paved surface. Experience Piedmont forests and streams, open spaces, historic features, and recreation areas. Connecting pathways lead from Rockland Road to West Park Drive, Augustine Cut-off to West Park Drive, and Rockford Road to Hill Road. Passport? No

Auburn ValleyTrail - Auburn Valley State Park

Trail Type: Hiking, Biking, Steam Car , 1.3 miles

Accessible? No , Difficulty: Moderate

Trail Head: Farm Lane

This shared-use trail is nestled between the Red Clay Creek and the Delaware/Pennsylvania state line in northern New Castle County. From the trailhead just off of Benge Road, this wide, paved trail showcases views of the Red Clay Creek and the panorama across the Auburn Valley. Follow the trail as it winds through pastoral rolling fields. Stay alert for a connection to the past, as this trail is open to steam cars!  Please Note: The trail crosses an access road for several private residents. Use caution when making this crossing. Passport? No

Trolley Trail - Auburn Valley State Park

Trail Type: Hiking, Biking , .5 miles

Accessible? No , Difficulty: Easy

Trail Head: Benge Road Parking Area

This short trail takes its name form an old trolley right-of-way dating back to the early 20th century. The 8’ wide crushed stone trail follows along the Auburn Mill millrace before going down into a meadow alongside the Red Clay Creek to complete its loop. The Trolley Trail accommodates hikers and bicyclists. Passport? No

Northern Delaware Greenway - Bellevue

Trail Type: Hiking, Biking , 1.6 miles

Accessible? Yes, Difficulty: Easy

Trail Head: Blue Ball Barn parking lot, Parking lot off East Park Drive

This shared-use trail spans northern New Castle County with portions traversing several state and county parks. In Alapocas Run State Park, the trail is wide has a paved surface. Experience Piedmont forests and streams, open spaces, historic features, and recreation areas. Connecting pathways lead from Rockland Road to West Park Drive, Augustine Cut-off to West Park Drive, and Rockford Road to Hill Road. Passport? No

Equestrian - Bellevue

Trail Type: Hiking, Equestrian , 2.7 miles

Accessible? No , Difficulty: Easy

Trail Head: Arts Center Parking Area

Hike or ride horseback on the Equestrian Trail and experience many areas within Bellevue State Park. Trail users will travel through the Bellevue Woods Nature Preserve, and pass the garden plots, the Percheron Barn, the Equestrian Training Center and the Arts Center. Equestrian Note: Please observe the riding guidelines, beach access schedule, parking and crossover connections in the Horseback Riding Guidelines. Passport? No

Nature Preserve - Bellevue

Trail Type: Hiking , 1.5 miles

Accessible? No , Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Trail Head: Park Office parking lot, walk toward the entrance booth

Beginning near the entrance booth, this trail follows a portion of the Equestrian Trail through the Bellevue Woods Nature Preserve, over a small creek, and along the edge of a large meadow before ending at the Park Office. Passport? No

Oval Track - Bellevue

Trail Type: Hiking, Biking , 1.2 miles

Accessible? Yes, Difficulty: Easy

Trail Head: Arts Center Parking Area

This former horse track is now a popular walking and biking oval. Today, the track includes stations that prompt workout enthusiasts to fitness and stretching exercises. Passport? Yes

Creekside Trail - Brandywine Creek

Trail Type: Hiking , Biking, 2.6 miles

Accessible? No , Difficulty: Moderate

Trail Head: Thompson's Bridge, Rockland

Hike south from the Thompson's Bridge parking area until you cross the Rocky Run bridge, then continue down the single track trail to your right. You will traverse rocky terrain and cross small streams all while hiking parallel to the Brandywine Creek. You will see a diverse biota native to the piedmont region ranging from wildflowers to occasional beaver activity. Once you exit the tree line you can view the remnants of the Rockland Mill before returning to the Thompson's Bridge parking area via the Brandywine Trail. Passport? Yes

Rocky Run - Brandywine Creek

Trail Type: Hiking , 2 miles

Accessible? No, Difficulty: Moderate

Trail Head: Thompsons Bridge parking lot

Walk down the Brandywine Trail until you hit the Rocky Run Bridge, after that turn the Rocky Run Trail begins.. This section is wide with a paved surface and offers views of the Brandywine River. The trail turns north just before the Rocky Run Bridge and makes a gradual ascent on rocky terrain and packed earth, into mature mixed forest with Rocky Run visible to your right. After a long climb, the trail quickly descends and crosses Rocky Run. The trail climbs gradually on a bed of blue rock granite before descending and returning to the bridge over Rocky Run. Passport? Yes

Hidden Pond - Brandywine Creek

Trail Type: Hiking , 2 miles

Accessible? No , Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Trail Head: Nature Center

This packed earth loop trail begins behind the Brandywine Creek Nature Center. Enter through the rock wall next to the Nature Center where you will begin your hike in the Tulip Tree Woods Nature Preserve. Open fields will be visible to the south beyond the carefully crafted stone walls built by masons in the early 1900s. The stone walls delineated borders and fields on the DuPont Estate. The grade is gradual throughout most of the hike with steep grade changes as the trail approaches and leaves the banks of Brandywine Creek. The trail will cross a creek that flows to Hidden Pond and continues parallel with Delaware Route 92 under a deep forest canopy. The trail will gradually ascend and approach a stone wall bordering an open field north of the Nature Center. Passport? Yes

Brandywine Trail - Brandywine Creek

Trail Type: Hiking, Biking , 2.9 miles

Accessible? Yes, Difficulty: Easy

Trail Head: Thompsons Bridge Road or Rockland Road parking lots

This shared-use trail is a segment of the Northern Delaware Greenway, which traverses several state and county parks in northern New Castle County. In Brandywine Creek State Park, the trail is wide on a gentle grade with a crushed stone surface. Catch glimpses of the Brandywine River and view unique geologic features. Experience Piedmont wooded landscapes, spring wildflowers, and wildlife. The trail passes under Thompsons Bridge Road and continues north eventually onto lands owned by the National Park Service's First State National Monument. Passport? Yes

Beach - Cape Henlopen

Trail Type: Hiking, Equestrian , 4.6 miles

Accessible? No , Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Trail Head: Point Comfort Station parking lot, Bathhouse parking lot, Herring Point parking lot, Gordons Pond parking lot (Equestrian Trail Head: Point Comfort Station parking lot or Gordons Pond Area parking lot)

Stroll or ride horseback along the ocean beach or hike the Atlantic Ocean between Cape Henlopen and Gordons Pond. Beach users can experience the constant change of the marine environment and nature enthusiasts can see shore birds foraging along the water's edge or Osprey circling overhead. See the military bunkers, which housed heavy artillery during World War II, tucked under high sand dunes or watch large cargo ships entering the mouth of the Delaware Bay. Please Note: The beach north of the Point parking lot is subject to closure from March 1 to September 1. Please consult the Park Office at (302) 645-8983 for details before entering this area. Equestrian Note: Seasonal horseback riding is permitted on the ocean beach. Please observe the riding guidelines, beach access schedule, parking and crossover connections in the Horseback Riding Guidelines Passport? No

Pinelands - Cape Henlopen

Trail Type: Hiking , 2 miles

Accessible? No , Difficulty: Easy

Trail Head: Across from Seaside Nature Center, or from the Fort Miles Historic Area

This two-mile loop meanders on a gentle grade through coastal upland pine forest over packed and loose sand. Nature enthusiasts will discover four species of pine, including loblolly, Virginia, pitch, and black, as well as cranberry bogs. Hikers will see old artillery bunkers built during World War II in an area once traversed by rails used to supply Fort Miles. The Pinelands Trail was designated as Delaware's first National Recreation Trail in 1981. Passport? Yes

Seaside Nature - Cape Henlopen

Trail Type: Hiking , .6 miles

Accessible? No , Difficulty: Easy

Trail Head: Seaside Nature Center

This flat, loose sandy surface trail offers a glimpse of a coastal pine forest and views of the Delaware Bay, Inner Breakwater, fishing pier, and the Henlopen Lighthouse. The trail traverses the bayside location of many of the Park's nature programs. Passport? No

Walking Dunes - Cape Henlopen

Trail Type: Hiking, Biking , 2.5 miles

Accessible? No , Difficulty: Easy

Trail Head: Herring Point parking lot

The trail travels through wooded uplands, traverses tidal marsh, and terminates at The Great Dune. It follows a gentle grade, suitable for all levels of hiking fitness, over sand, crushed shells, or pavement for 1.6 miles. In late spring, look along the trail for blooming Pink Lady's Slipper and Beach Heather, with its abundant, tiny yellow flowers. Nature enthusiasts will also enjoy views of the tidal marsh and of the many birding opportunities available. Please note: In summer, be aware of poison ivy growing along the trail. Passport? No

Salt Marsh Spur - Cape Henlopen

Trail Type: Hiking, Biking , .6 miles

Accessible? No , Difficulty: Easy

Trail Head: Somewhere in this park

The trail intersects the Walking Dunes Trail approximately at its midpoint. This 0.6-mile spur offers opportunities to see plant and wildlife and views of tidal marsh along its gentle path of packed and loose sand. Passport? No

Bike Loop - Cape Henlopen

Trail Type: Hiking, Biking , 3 miles

Accessible? Yes, Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Trail Head: Seaside Nature Center, Fort Miles Historic Area, Bathhouse parking lot, Fishing Pier parking lot

This paved trail is suitable for hikers, bikers, strollers, and rollers. The bike loop trail links the Park Office, Nature Center, campground, beach bathhouse, outdoor fitness area, observation tower, and the Fort Miles Historic Area. The observation tower is a popular stop along the trail. Climb the circular staircase for a panoramic view of the Cape Region. The Bike Loop provides side trails which connect to the fishing pier and kayak rental, the campground, and an ocean and dune overlook, resting atop a former military bunker. The trail contour is easy to moderate in difficulty. The Bike Loop Trail allows for a full experience and appreciation of the park. The American Discovery Trail follows the northern segment of the Bike Loop Trail from the Beach to Cape Henlopen Drive. Passport? No

Gordons Pond - Cape Henlopen

Trail Type: Hiking, Biking , 3.2 miles

Accessible? No , Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Trail Head: Gordons Pond and Herring Point parking lots

From the Gordons Pond parking lot, the trail follows the edge of Gordons Pond for approximately 0.75 miles over a level packed crushed stone surface to a scenic overlook. The overlook provides a scenic vista and is popular among nature enthusiasts for bird watching. From the overlook, the trail takes users for another 1.2 miles around the pond, then transitions into an elevated boardwalk for 0.4 miles. Along the boardwalk are two additional scenic overlooks, allowing for views of the salt marsh and beach. The trail transitions back to packed crushed stone and continues through an upland pine forest for 0.3 miles before reaching the Herring Point parking area. Passport? Yes

Junction and Breakwater - Cape Henlopen

Trail Type: Hiking, Biking , 5 miles

Accessible? Yes, Difficulty: Easy

Trail Head: Wolfe Neck parking lot on Wolfe Neck Road, Holland Glade parking lot behind Tanger Outlet Seaside

This trail follows a section of the former Penn Central railroad between Lewes and Rehoboth Beach for approximately five miles, along an easy contour on a crushed stone surface. The trail is suitable for hikers, bikers, and strollers. It is accessible from the designated trailheads. Trail users will pass through mature hardwood and conifer forests and open fields, and will experience scenic vistas of coastal marshes at the Wolfe Glade and Holland Glade crossings. Interpretive signs provide opportunities to learn about plant and animal life along the trail. Please Note: Trail access in Lewes is from Kings Highway opposite the Cape Henlopen High School or from Gills Neck Road west of the entrance to the Hawks Eye Community. Rehoboth Beach access is from Hebron Road just off Route 1. No parking is available at these access points. Passport? Yes

Assawoman Canal Trail - Delaware Seashore

Trail Type: Hiking, Biking , 1 miles

Accessible? Yes, Difficulty: Easy

Trail Head: Town Road parking lot

This one-mile all-weather trail meanders along the west bank of the Assawoman Canal between Route 26 and just south of the Ocean View Marina. Users can access the trail at Central Ave, Osprey Lane and Route 26. Parking and restrooms are available at the Town Road parking lot. Passport? Yes

Beach Area - Delaware Seashore

Trail Type: Hiking, Equestrian , 4.6 miles

Accessible? No , Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Trail Head: Towers Ocean and Keybox Road parking lots (Equestrian Trailhead: Towers Ocean - use crossing marked for equestrian access Keybox Road - use vehicle dune crossing)

Beach users can experience the constant change of the marine environment and nature enthusiasts can view shore birds foraging along the water's edge or Ospreys circling overhead. Stroll or ride along 4.6 miles of Atlantic Ocean beach within Delaware Seashore State Park. The beach is open for hiking year-round and seasonally for horse riding. <br> Equestrian Notes: 1) The designated beach for equestrian use runs from the Tower Ocean parking lot equestrian crossover, south for approximately 4.6 miles, to within 200 yards of the Indian River Inlet; and 2) seasonal horseback riding is permitted on the ocean beach. Please observe the riding guidelines, beach access schedule, parking and crossover connections in the Horseback Riding Guidelines Passport? No

Burton Island - Delaware Seashore

Trail Type: Hiking , 1.5 miles

Accessible? No , Difficulty: Easy

Trail Head: North end of the Indian River Marina

This loop trail begins at the causeway on the north end of the marina and travels over a packed and loose sandy surface through upland forests and over elevated boardwalks. The boardwalks provide views of the Indian River Bay, the Rehoboth Bay, and of the open salt marsh. The island features an inland bay habitat that supports a variety of birds, plants, fish, reptiles, and mammals. <br>Please note: Please stay on the trail while visiting the island. The island provides important nesting grounds for the Diamondback Terrapin. Trail use is recommended during the cooler months of the year. Passport? No

Fred Hudson Road Trail - Delaware Seashore

Trail Type: Hiking, Biking, Equestrian , 1 miles

Accessible? Yes, Difficulty: Easy

Trail Head: Hickman Road parking lot

This one-mile connector trail links the Fred Hudson Road Pathway to the stone-surfaced segment of the Prickly Pear Trail, creating a north-south all-weather trail alternative to Route 1.  The entire trail is open to hiking and bicycling, and a 0.6-mile portion of it is open to horseback riding. Passport? No

Prickly Pear - Delaware Seashore

Trail Type: Hiking, Biking, Equestrian , 3.5 miles

Accessible? Yes, Difficulty: Easy

Trail Head: Hickman Road parking lot

This trail offers a 3.5-mile loop perfect for exploring the park's open meadows, young hardwood and pine forests, and a view of the Indian River Bay. The trail is 8' wide with a variable surface and is open to hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding. Two connector trails provide community access at several locations throughout Fresh Pond.<br>Equestrian Note: Please review our Horseback Riding Guidelines Passport? Yes

Thompson Island - Delaware Seashore

Trail Type: Hiking , .7 miles

Accessible? Yes, Difficulty: Easy

Trail Head: None

The hike begins in a mature upland hardwood and conifer forest, traverses a small marsh, and meanders through pine forest toward the Lewes/Rehoboth Canal. The trail ends at an overlook showcasing views of Thompson Island, tidal salt marsh, Rehoboth Bay, and the Dewey Beach skyline. <br>Please Note: The Spring Lake development next to the trail is private property with parking for residents only; unauthorized vehicles will be towed. Leaving the trail is strictly prohibited. No dogs are allowed in the Thompson Island Area. Passport? No

Beach Area - Fenwick Island

Trail Type: Hiking, Equestrian , 2.6 miles

Accessible? No , Difficulty: Easy

Trail Head: Fenwick Island State Park Bathhouse parking lot, use maintenance vehicle crossing

Beach users can experience the constant change of the marine environment and nature enthusiasts can view shore birds foraging along the water's edge or Ospreys circling overhead. The 2.6 miles of Atlantic Ocean beach within Delaware Seashore State Park are open for hiking year-round. <br>questrian Note: Please observe the riding guidelines, beach access schedule, parking and crossover connections in the Horseback Riding Guidelines Passport? No

Prison Camp - Fort Delaware

Trail Type: Hiking , .6 miles

Accessible? No , Difficulty: Easy

Trail Head: Prisoner of War Barracks on Pea Patch Island

This loop trail on Pea Patch Island travels through a wooded area over grass and packed earth. Nature enthusiasts may view wildlife and several species of wading birds from the observation tower which is located along the trail. Fort Delaware served as a prison camp for thousands of Confederate soldiers captured throughout the war. Passport? Yes

River View - Fort Dupont

Trail Type: Hiking , 1.1 miles

Accessible? No , Difficulty: Easy

Trail Head: Fort DuPont parking lot

The River View Trail, with a surface of packed earth, travels through tidal marsh, passes gun batteries, and offers a glimpse into Delaware history. Fort Delaware was critical in defending the Delaware Valley during the Civil War. The fortress also saw duty during the Spanish American War, where it was the key in a "Three Fort Defense" made up of Fort Delaware, Fort DuPont and Fort Mott (NJ). Fort Delaware was active until WWII. The trail loops back to the parking area.<br>Please Note: Gun batteries located along the trail are restricted areas. Passport? No

Riverview - Fox Point

Trail Type: Hiking, Biking , .7 miles

Accessible? Yes, Difficulty: Easy

Trail Head: Fox Point parking lot

This shared-use trail spans northern New Castle County with portions traversing several state and county parks. Passport? Yes

Northern Delaware Greenway - Fox Point

Trail Type: Hiking, Biking , 1.3 miles

Accessible? Yes, Difficulty: Easy

Trail Head: Fox Point parking lot

The paved trail is suitable for hikers, bikers, strollers, and rollers. Trail users can view tugboats, freighters, and tankers on the busy Delaware River while traveling along a gentle grade on a paved path. Wayside exhibits offer educational stops. From this trail, visitors can see the Delaware Memorial Bridge to the south. Passport? No

Sea Hawk - Holts Landing

Trail Type: Hiking , 1.1 miles

Accessible? No , Difficulty: Easy

Trail Head: Main Parking Area

This flat trail meanders through a mixed hardwood and conifer forest before ending in a grassy meadow near the Indian River shoreline. Birding and wildlife viewing opportunities exist for nature enthusiasts as they experience the different coastal bay environments along the trail. Passport? Yes

Seahorse - Holts Landing

Trail Type: Hiking, Biking, Equestrian , 1.2 miles

Accessible? Yes, Difficulty: Easy

Trail Head: Marlin Drive

The Seahorse Trail provides access to the western portion of the park. The trail travels over packed earth along the forest edge, open meadow, and dense forest. Passport? No

Bike - Killens Pond

Trail Type: Hiking, Biking , 2 miles

Accessible? Yes, Difficulty: Easy

Trail Head: Sports Complex and Water Park parking lots

The bike trail follows the main access road and runs parallel to Killens Pond Road on an easy grade over a paved or crushed stone surface. Trail users will pass the Park Office and connect with the Sports Complex and the Water Park. Passport? No

Pondside - Killens Pond

Trail Type: Hiking , 2.6 miles

Accessible? Yes, Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Trail Head: Main parking lot, Nature Center parking lot, or parking lot on the south side serving the screened pavilion

The Pondside Trail offers an easy to moderate hike over a packed earth surface with many side connector trails linking to views of the pond. Follow the trail as it gently meanders through a hardwood forest, around low-growing forest understory and across gurgling streams. This trail provides many opportunities for wildlife observation and access to fishing spots around the pond via short connector trails. A segment of the trail leading from the Water Park parking area to the Nature Center is accessible. Passport? Yes

Cross Country - Killens Pond

Trail Type: Hiking , 3.1 miles

Accessible? No , Difficulty: Easy

Trail Head: Sports Complex parking lot

This trail begins in the open field near the Sports Complex. The trail continues through mature forest, traverses a bridge on the west end of Killens Pond, and loops around the area of the primitive youth campground. The grade is easy with a few changes in contour. Passport? No

Life Course - Killens Pond

Trail Type: Hiking , .8 miles

Accessible? Yes, Difficulty: Easy

Trail Head: Sports Complex parking lot

The Life Course Trail follows an easy contour along a forested path of grass and pine needles. Workout enthusiasts can stop at twenty exercise stations along the trail. Passport? No

Little Jersey - Lums Pond

Trail Type: Hiking, Biking, Equestrian , 8.1 miles

Accessible? No , Difficulty: Easy

Trail Head: Across from the Nature Center; Buck Jersey Road parking lot; Boat Launch parking lot off Red Lion Road

The Little Jersey Trail is an outer loop through the park on packed earth surface. Trail users will pass through hardwood forests and open areas. The trail links to the campground, Equestrian Center, and boat ramp and crosses the park entrance road. The trail is wide to accommodate shared use among hikers, bikers, and equestrians.<br>Please note: Hikers and bikers please yield to horses. For more information on trail etiquette, visit the Leave No Trace website.<br>Equestrian Note: Please refer to the Horseback Riding Guidelines. Passport? No

Swamp Forest - Lums Pond

Trail Type: Hiking , 6.8 miles

Accessible? Yes, Difficulty: Easy

Trail Head: Across from the Nature Center; Buck Jersey Road parking lot; Boat Launch parking lot off Red Lion Road

The Swamp Forest Trail loops around Lums Pond through fresh water wetland forests of Black Cherry, Sweet Gum, and maple. The trail links to the campground, boat launch, disc golf course, dog training area, nature center and picnic areas. Hikers will follow gentle terrain over a packed earth or crushed stone surface and cross over many elevated boardwalks and bridges. Passport? Yes

Sensory Loop - Lums Pond

Trail Type: Hiking , .1 miles

Accessible? Yes, Difficulty: Easy

Trail Head: Nature Center

This 0.1-mile boardwalk trail is accessible from behind the Nature Center. The trail provides a sensory experience of the natural world. Passport? No

Port Penn - Port Penn

Trail Type: Hiking , .9 miles

Accessible? No , Difficulty: Easy

Trail Head: Port Penn Interpretive Center

This trail crosses a tidal marsh in the Augustine Wildlife Area along the Delaware River over a packed earth surface. Nature enthusiasts will enjoy the marsh vistas and the many birding opportunities along the trail. Interpretative exhibits recall days when fishing and trapping where ways of life for area residents. Passport? No

American Holly - Trap Pond

Trail Type: Hiking, Biking , .7 miles

Accessible? Yes, Difficulty: Easy

Trail Head: Across from the Baldcypress Nature Center

The American Holly Trail follows a gentle grade on a crushed stone surface making it suitable for all levels of hiking and biking fitness. It joins with the Loblolly Trail to form a loop. Trail users will experience a mixed hardwood forest landscape. Passport? No

Bob Trail - Trap Pond

Trail Type: Hiking, Biking, Equestrian , 4.6 miles

Accessible? Yes, Difficulty: Easy

Trail Head: Across from the Baldcypress Nature Center

This trail winds around Trap Pond and links the Park Office, campground, and Baldcypress Nature Center. Nature enthusiasts will find abundant warblers, kingfishers, Great Blue Heron and baldcypress trees in their wetland habitats. The trail follows a crushed stone surface and traverses a fresh water wetland over an elevated bridge. This area is popular among birding enthusiasts. The Bob Trail allows for a full experience and appreciation of the park. Please Note: Horseback riding is permitted on the trail section which coincides with the Boundary Trail in the southwest area of the park. Please consult the park map and check trail use markers.<br>Equestrian Note: Please refer to the Horseback Riding Guidelines. Passport? Yes

Cypress Point - Trap Pond

Trail Type: Hiking , 1 miles

Accessible? Yes, Difficulty: Easy

Trail Head: Cypress Point parking lot

This loop trail meanders through mixed forest and along the pond's edge where abundant baldcypress trees flourish in the park's wetlands. This trail is ideal for all levels of hiking fitness. Passport? No

Huckleberry - Trap Pond

Trail Type: Hiking, Equestrian , 1.8 miles

Accessible? No , Difficulty: Moderate

Trail Head: Across from the Baldcypress Nature Center

This Trail loops around the southern part of Trap Pond State Park.<br>Equestrian Note: Please refer to the Horseback Riding Guidelines. Passport? No

Island - Trap Pond

Trail Type: Hiking , .6 miles

Accessible? Yes, Difficulty: Easy

Trail Head: Screened pavilion in picnic area

Explore the park's diversity on this short loop trail that meanders along the pond's edge over a packed earth surface. The trail connects with the American Holly and Loblolly Trails and is suitable for all levels of hiking fitness. Passport? No

Terrapin Branch Water - Trap Pond

Trail Type: Canoe, Kayak , 1.4 miles

Accessible? No , Difficulty: Medium

Trail Head: Trap Pond boat ramp

This non-tidal water trail offers access into the majesty of the Baldcypress Swamp and the treasures that rest within. The trail begins at the boat ramp and stretches eastward into the dense canopy of this unique wetland world. Paddlers can see otter, water snakes, and Prothonotary Warblers. As the water trail forks, continue to the left and the passage begins to narrow. The brown foot bridge signals the intersection of Loblolly Pine Trail. Passport? No

Racoon Pond Water - Trap Pond

Trail Type: Canoe, Kayak , 1 miles

Accessible? No , Difficulty: Medium

Trail Head: Trap Pond boat ramp

Beginning at the boat ramp, paddle to the east and travel right at the fork. Raccoon Branch narrows along stands of baldcypress and other water-tolerant flora. Portage is required to pass the vehicular bridge on Wooten Road where Raccoon Pond offers placid open-water paddling. Passport? No

James Branch Water - Trap Pond

Trail Type: Canoe, Kayak , .5 miles

Accessible? No , Difficulty: Advanced

Trail Head: Trap Pond boat ramp

*Special Notice: The James Branch Nature Preserve, from the Trap Pond spillway downstream to the bridge at Hitch Pond Road, is closed until further notice. <br>Visitors wanting to paddle the James Branch Water Trail may put in at the Records Pond Boat Ramp and paddle upstream approximately 5 miles to Hitch Pond road.<br>The James Branch may be the closest to wilderness you can find in Delaware and winds through the dedicated James Branch Nature Preserve. View champion-sized baldcypress and stands of old-growth that are remnants of the vast swamp that covered this portion of Delmarva.<br>Please Note: A free permit is needed to paddle the James Branch Water Trail. Permits can be obtained at the Baldcypress Nature Center or by emailing william.koth@state.de.us. Trap Pond State Park rental boats may not be used on the James Branch Water Trail. Passport? No

Millstone - White Clay Creek

Trail Type: Hiking , 1.3 miles

Accessible? No , Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Trail Head: New London Road Parking Area

The Millstone Trail follows an easy to moderate contour over grass and packed earth. The trail traverses a boardwalk at Millstone Pond below a geological feature of rock outcropping. Passport? No

Twin Valley - White Clay Creek

Trail Type: Hiking , 3.9 miles

Accessible? No , Difficulty: Moderate

Trail Head: New London Road Parking Area

The Twin Valley Trail meanders through mature beech, maple, and tulip forests on a moderate grade. The trail passes the Arc Corner Monument marking the point where Delaware and Pennsylvania meet, and an old foundation and cellar hole. Wildlife and birding opportunities await trail users Passport? No

David English - White Clay Creek

Trail Type: Hiking, Biking , 2.4 miles

Accessible? No , Difficulty: Moderate

Trail Head: Park Office on Thompson Station Road

This single-track loop trail passes through hardwood forest and hayfields over a packed earth surface. Twin Ponds cut-off trail is located at the approximate midpoint along the trail and returns to the trailhead. Experience the park's nature and quiet solitude along this trail. Keep a watchful eye for the park's abundant wildlife. Passport? No

Whitely Farms - White Clay Creek

Trail Type: Hiking, Biking , 3.2 miles

Accessible? No , Difficulty: Moderate

Trail Head: Nine Foot Road parking lot

The trail begins at the parking lot near the old Whitely Farms. This single-track loop trail rambles through hayfields and a forest of mature hardwoods over a packed earth surface. The grade is moderate throughout, with a rapid descent near the approach of the Hopkins Road crossing and the connector to the David English Trail. The Whitely Farms Trail can also be accessed by a connector trail near the Smith Mill Road Parking Area. A double-track cut-off trail runs downhill parallel to a small creek from Possum Hill to Hopkins Road. Passport? Yes

Bryan's Field - White Clay Creek

Trail Type: Hiking, Biking , 2.1 miles

Accessible? No , Difficulty: Moderate

Trail Head: Smith Mill Road parking lot

This loop trail crosses meadow and passes through a mature hardwood forest of maple, oak, and poplar over a packed earth surface. On the outer loop, trail users will traverse an area of reforestation and witness early forest succession. Take the Post Mark Trail cut-off to see the "Post Marked West" monument marking the location where the famous survey team started the well-known Mason-Dixon Line that runs for more than 200 miles due west from this point. Connector trails from Bryan's Field Trail lead to Thompson Station Road, Nine Foot Road, or Middle Run Natural Area at Paper Mill Road. Passport? Yes

Boundary Line - White Clay Creek

Trail Type: Hiking, Biking , 1.4 miles

Accessible? No , Difficulty: Moderate

Trail Head: Thompson Station Road at David English Trail

From Thompson Station Road, the Boundary Line Trail crosses an old stone bridge and then climbs on a moderate grade to an open field. It runs past mature Osage Orange trees to Corner Ketch Road and the highest point in the park. Continue on to connect with White Clay Creek Preserve in Pennsylvania or reverse direction and enjoy a downhill hike or ride. Passport? No

Chestnut Hill - White Clay Creek

Trail Type: Hiking, Biking , 3.4 miles

Accessible? No , Difficulty: Moderate

Trail Head: Judge Morris Estate parking lot on Polly Drummond Road

The trailhead offers two options for access. Take the Field Spur (0.3 miles) to connect to the northern area of the property along Polly Drummond Road or travel east from the parking area to join the trail along a branch of Pike Creek. This single-track, packed earth surface trail rambles through a towering mature forest behind the Judge Morris Estate and crosses meandering creeks. Passport? No

Pomeroy - White Clay Creek

Trail Type: Hiking, Biking , 2 miles

Accessible? Yes, Difficulty: Easy

Trail Head: Hopkins Road East of White Clay Creek

This National Recreation Trail Runs alongside White Clay Creek from Hopkins Road, near the nothern Delaware border, through White Clay Creek State Park to downtown Newark Passport? No

Tri-Valley - White Clay Creek

Trail Type: Hiking, Biking , 3.1 miles

Accessible? No , Difficulty: Moderate

Trail Head: Judge Morris parking area on Polly Drummond Road

The Tri-Valley Trail links three sites: Judge Morris Estate, Middle Run Natural Area (county managed) and Possum Hill. Use caution when crossing Polly Drummond Road and Paper Mill Road. The trail passes through open fields and mixed woods over packed earth and crosses Middle Run that flows into White Clay Creek. Passport? No

Northern Delaware Greenway - Wilmington - Brandywine Park

Trail Type: Hiking, Biking , .9 miles

Accessible? Yes, Difficulty: Easy

Trail Head: Zoo Education Building parking lot

This shared-use trail spans parts of northern New Castle County with portions traversing several state and county parks. In Brandywine Park, the trail is a wide, paved surface. Take in views of the Brandywine River, Jasper Crane Rose Garden, or use the trail to walk to the Brandywine Zoo. Passport? No