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

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

Creekin' for Critters

Monday, June 15, 2020 at 12:00 AM

Spend the week exploring the creek! Meet new friends and make fun crafts! Play awesome outdoor games as we discover the habitats of the animals in the park.

Add to Calendar 6/15/2020 12:00:00 AM 6/19/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Creekin' for Critters Spend the week exploring the creek! Meet new friends and make fun crafts! Play awesome outdoor games as we discover the habitats of the animals in the park. White Clay Creek State Park

Discovery Camp Lunch Bunch

Monday, June 15, 2020 at 12:00 AM

Pack a lunch, extend the friend time and stay an extra hour for a picnic, story and fun time. Pick up is at 1 p.m.

Add to Calendar 6/15/2020 12:00:00 AM 6/19/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Discovery Camp Lunch Bunch Pack a lunch, extend the friend time and stay an extra hour for a picnic, story and fun time. Pick up is at 1 p.m. White Clay Creek State Park

Wilderness Survival

Monday, June 15, 2020 at 12:00 AM

Do you have what it takes to survive in the wild? This week is all about essential wilderness skills- including orienteering, building shelters, and being resourceful and prepared. Campers will explore the creek and have fun making survival bracelets and playing games too!

Add to Calendar 6/15/2020 12:00:00 AM 6/19/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Wilderness Survival Do you have what it takes to survive in the wild? This week is all about essential wilderness skills- including orienteering, building shelters, and being resourceful and prepared. Campers will explore the creek and have fun making survival bracelets and playing games too! White Clay Creek State Park

Working with Animals

Monday, June 22, 2020 at 12:00 AM

Explore the many ways people work with animals, big and small. Includes offsite trips to an animal hospital, Brandywine Zoo, and a working farm. Special guests to camp share the different types of animals they work with every day. There will be time for games and the creek of course!

Add to Calendar 6/22/2020 12:00:00 AM 6/26/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Working with Animals Explore the many ways people work with animals, big and small. Includes offsite trips to an animal hospital, Brandywine Zoo, and a working farm. Special guests to camp share the different types of animals they work with every day. There will be time for games and the creek of course! White Clay Creek State Park

Caring for Animals

Monday, June 22, 2020 at 12:00 AM

Campers will explore the differences between wild animals and pets and how we care for both. There will be plenty of time for outdoor play near the creek this week! Animal themed crafts and live animal guests will be a part of this camp.

Add to Calendar 6/22/2020 12:00:00 AM 6/26/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Caring for Animals Campers will explore the differences between wild animals and pets and how we care for both. There will be plenty of time for outdoor play near the creek this week! Animal themed crafts and live animal guests will be a part of this camp. White Clay Creek State Park

Knights, Gnomes & Fairies of the White Clay Kingdom

Monday, July 6, 2020 at 12:00 AM

Explore the enchanted “kingdom” of the White Clay Valley during this week of crafting fairy homes and castles, and use your imagination during many other themed crafts and games. Visitors to camp may include our Natural Resource “Knights” and Naturalist Forest “Fairy.”

Add to Calendar 7/6/2020 12:00:00 AM 7/10/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Knights, Gnomes & Fairies of the White Clay Kingdom Explore the enchanted “kingdom” of the White Clay Valley during this week of crafting fairy homes and castles, and use your imagination during many other themed crafts and games. Visitors to camp may include our Natural Resource “Knights” and Naturalist Forest “Fairy.” White Clay Creek State Park

Adventure Rangers

Monday, July 6, 2020 at 12:00 AM

Park Rangers have an exciting and important job when it comes to protecting and conserving our park. Spend the week exploring the park through the eyes of a Park Ranger, which includes meeting wildlife guests, animal tracking, and special conservation activities.

Add to Calendar 7/6/2020 12:00:00 AM 7/10/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Adventure Rangers Park Rangers have an exciting and important job when it comes to protecting and conserving our park. Spend the week exploring the park through the eyes of a Park Ranger, which includes meeting wildlife guests, animal tracking, and special conservation activities. White Clay Creek State Park

Mines & Minerals: Creek Explorations

Monday, July 13, 2020 at 12:00 AM

Are you familiar with things like obsidian and mycelium in the virtual world? How great would it be to see and touch the real thing in the natural world? Explore many amazing geologic and natural features of the Earth with a week of hands-on construction and experimentation, along with plenty of time for fun at the creek.

Add to Calendar 7/13/2020 12:00:00 AM 7/17/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Mines & Minerals: Creek Explorations Are you familiar with things like obsidian and mycelium in the virtual world? How great would it be to see and touch the real thing in the natural world? Explore many amazing geologic and natural features of the Earth with a week of hands-on construction and experimentation, along with plenty of time for fun at the creek. White Clay Creek State Park

Fantastic Frongs and Feathers

Monday, July 13, 2020 at 12:00 AM

Frogs are hopping, birds are chirping and the creek is flowing during this fun summer camp! Campers will dig deeper into our animal world at the creek with nets searching for frogs and toads, and on hikes looking for owls and forest friends. Plenty of creek time, active games, crafts and time outside.

Add to Calendar 7/13/2020 12:00:00 AM 7/17/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Fantastic Frongs and Feathers Frogs are hopping, birds are chirping and the creek is flowing during this fun summer camp! Campers will dig deeper into our animal world at the creek with nets searching for frogs and toads, and on hikes looking for owls and forest friends. Plenty of creek time, active games, crafts and time outside. White Clay Creek State Park

Creek Creations

Monday, July 20, 2020 at 12:00 AM

The creek and its surrounding areas offer lots of natural materials to be used for crafts and activities! During this fun-filled week learn about the creek’s gems, conduct cool experiments, and of course enjoy time playing in and around the creek.

Add to Calendar 7/20/2020 12:00:00 AM 7/24/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Creek Creations The creek and its surrounding areas offer lots of natural materials to be used for crafts and activities! During this fun-filled week learn about the creek’s gems, conduct cool experiments, and of course enjoy time playing in and around the creek. White Clay Creek State Park

Outdoor Adventure Skills

Monday, July 20, 2020 at 12:00 AM

Challenge yourself as we test our skills rock climbing at Alapocas, kayaking at Lums Pond, and beginner mountain biking at White Clay (mtn. bikes available to borrow or bring your own). We’ll wrap up the week with a bike ride to a cool spot in town. Campers must be able to swim and bring a properly fitted, CPSC-approved helmet.

Add to Calendar 7/20/2020 12:00:00 AM 7/24/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Outdoor Adventure Skills Challenge yourself as we test our skills rock climbing at Alapocas, kayaking at Lums Pond, and beginner mountain biking at White Clay (mtn. bikes available to borrow or bring your own). We’ll wrap up the week with a bike ride to a cool spot in town. Campers must be able to swim and bring a properly fitted, CPSC-approved helmet. White Clay Creek State Park

Single Track Shredders: WCCSP Mountain Bike Focused Camp

Monday, July 27, 2020 at 12:00 AM

Campers must be experienced bikers with six or more miles of all-terrain experience. Join other avid young bikers from the region for a week-long mountain biking experience. The week includes rides at White Clay Creek, Brandywine Creek and Middle Run trails. Bike repair, riding techniques, behind the scenes at a bike shop, and coolin’ off in the creek are all part of the mountain bike Camp. Campers should bring their own mountain bike (bikes are available to borrow) and a properly fitted, CPSC-approved helmet, bike gloves and be able to swim.

Add to Calendar 7/27/2020 12:00:00 AM 7/31/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Single Track Shredders: WCCSP Mountain Bike Focused Camp Campers must be experienced bikers with six or more miles of all-terrain experience. Join other avid young bikers from the region for a week-long mountain biking experience. The week includes rides at White Clay Creek, Brandywine Creek and Middle Run trails. Bike repair, riding techniques, behind the scenes at a bike shop, and coolin’ off in the creek are all part of the mountain bike Camp. Campers should bring their own mountain bike (bikes are available to borrow) and a properly fitted, CPSC-approved helmet, bike gloves and be able to swim. White Clay Creek State Park

Stream Splashers

Monday, July 27, 2020 at 12:00 AM

There is nothing like a summer splash in the creek! Campers enjoy a week full of creek play, making and floating their own boats, animal crafts, and enjoying what nature has to offer with their new friends.

Add to Calendar 7/27/2020 12:00:00 AM 7/31/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Stream Splashers There is nothing like a summer splash in the creek! Campers enjoy a week full of creek play, making and floating their own boats, animal crafts, and enjoying what nature has to offer with their new friends. White Clay Creek State Park

Discovery Camp Lunch Bunch

Monday, July 27, 2020 at 12:00 AM

Pack a lunch, extend the friend time and stay an extra hour for a picnic, story and fun time. Pick up is at 1 p.m.

Add to Calendar 7/27/2020 12:00:00 AM 7/31/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Discovery Camp Lunch Bunch Pack a lunch, extend the friend time and stay an extra hour for a picnic, story and fun time. Pick up is at 1 p.m. White Clay Creek State Park

Pirates Treasures: Stream Explorers

Monday, August 3, 2020 at 12:00 AM

Argh you ready for a pirate week? Spend your “shipwrecked” days searching for treasure, panning for gems and meeting new pirate friends while learning about the incredible treasures that make up our natural world.

Add to Calendar 8/3/2020 12:00:00 AM 8/7/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Pirates Treasures: Stream Explorers Argh you ready for a pirate week? Spend your “shipwrecked” days searching for treasure, panning for gems and meeting new pirate friends while learning about the incredible treasures that make up our natural world. White Clay Creek State Park

Camp Awesome

Monday, August 3, 2020 at 12:00 AM

Enjoy a little bit of everything in this fun-filled camp that highlights all the summer camp favorites! Go tubing on the White Clay, pan for creek gems, meet wildlife guests, venture out to cool spots in the park and create amazing creek art! Must be able to swim.

Add to Calendar 8/3/2020 12:00:00 AM 8/7/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Camp Awesome Enjoy a little bit of everything in this fun-filled camp that highlights all the summer camp favorites! Go tubing on the White Clay, pan for creek gems, meet wildlife guests, venture out to cool spots in the park and create amazing creek art! Must be able to swim. White Clay Creek State Park

Naturalist in Training

Monday, August 10, 2020 at 12:00 AM

If you think you may want to be a naturalist or a CIT (Counselor in Training) someday you will love this leadership camp that provides hands-on opportunities to share your love of nature. Enjoy behind the scenes experiences of working in a nature center including animal care, wildlife monitoring and designing fun nature activities for the younger campers.

Add to Calendar 8/10/2020 12:00:00 AM 8/14/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Naturalist in Training If you think you may want to be a naturalist or a CIT (Counselor in Training) someday you will love this leadership camp that provides hands-on opportunities to share your love of nature. Enjoy behind the scenes experiences of working in a nature center including animal care, wildlife monitoring and designing fun nature activities for the younger campers. White Clay Creek State Park

Creek Safari

Monday, August 10, 2020 at 12:00 AM

Join us on an expedition in this action packed week of exploring the creek and woods. Learn about wildlife this week through awesome outdoor games, crafts and lots of creek time!

Add to Calendar 8/10/2020 12:00:00 AM 8/14/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Creek Safari Join us on an expedition in this action packed week of exploring the creek and woods. Learn about wildlife this week through awesome outdoor games, crafts and lots of creek time! White Clay Creek State Park

Discovery Camp Lunch Bunch

Monday, August 10, 2020 at 12:00 AM

Pack a lunch, extend the friend time and stay an extra hour for a picnic, story and fun time. Pick up is at 1 p.m.

Add to Calendar 8/10/2020 12:00:00 AM 8/14/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Discovery Camp Lunch Bunch Pack a lunch, extend the friend time and stay an extra hour for a picnic, story and fun time. Pick up is at 1 p.m. White Clay Creek State Park

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