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

Named for the clay that was once mined in the area, White Clay Creek State Park’s natural vistas, woodlands and creek with its many small tributaries span piedmont ridges and stream valleys along Delaware’s northern edge. White Clay Creek, a National Wild and Scenic River, is stocked with fish for anglers. The forest provides critical habitat for migrating and nesting birds, including the rare cerulean warbler. More than 37 miles of trails welcome hikers, bikers and runners on the most diverse trail system in Delaware. The rich history of the park, woven through natural and cultural resources, is still evident in the ruins and buildings found here, like the 1790s Judge Morris Estate and Chamber’s House Nature Center.

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 expanded the park to over 3,600 acres. The park 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. Today, the park continues to serve as a vital protected area of scenic and recreational open space in northern Delaware. White Clay Creek State Park also features a pavilion, a bandshell and stage, a playground, accessible fishing docks, disc golf course, and more.

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.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday Wonders Series

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 4:00 PM

Join us for this weekly series for in-depth investigations of different nature and history topics. Must pre-register. This program is geared to ages 6 - 12, drop-off program. Cost is $40 per student for the full series (see other dates to register for individual weeks).

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Add to Calendar 1/26/2022 4:00:00 PM 1/26/2022 5:00:00 PM America/New_York Wednesday Wonders Series Join us for this weekly series for in-depth investigations of different nature and history topics. Must pre-register. This program is geared to ages 6 - 12, drop-off program. Cost is $40 per student for the full series (see other dates to register for individual weeks). White Clay Creek State Park

Good Morning Groundhogs!

Sunday, January 30, 2022 at 10:00 AM

Wake up "whistle pigs!" Learn about the groundhogs that call White Clay home, we'll look for these fascinating mammals to see if they've come out of their winter hibernation. Pre-registration required, call 302-368-6900. Free

Add to Calendar 1/30/2022 10:00:00 AM 1/30/2022 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Good Morning Groundhogs! Wake up "whistle pigs!" Learn about the groundhogs that call White Clay home, we'll look for these fascinating mammals to see if they've come out of their winter hibernation. Pre-registration required, call 302-368-6900. Free White Clay Creek State Park

Wednesday Wonders Series

Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at 4:00 PM

Join us for this weekly series for in-depth investigations of different nature and history topics. Must pre-register. This program is geared to ages 6 - 12, drop-off program. Cost is $40 per student for the full series (see other dates to register for individual weeks).

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Add to Calendar 2/2/2022 4:00:00 PM 2/2/2022 5:00:00 PM America/New_York Wednesday Wonders Series Join us for this weekly series for in-depth investigations of different nature and history topics. Must pre-register. This program is geared to ages 6 - 12, drop-off program. Cost is $40 per student for the full series (see other dates to register for individual weeks). White Clay Creek State Park

Wednesday Wonders Series

Wednesday, February 9, 2022 at 4:00 PM

Join us for this weekly series for in-depth investigations of different nature and history topics. This program is geared to ages 6 - 12, drop-off program. Must pre-register. Cost is $40 per student for the full series or $8 per class.

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Add to Calendar 2/9/2022 4:00:00 PM 2/9/2022 5:00:00 PM America/New_York Wednesday Wonders Series Join us for this weekly series for in-depth investigations of different nature and history topics. This program is geared to ages 6 - 12, drop-off program. Must pre-register. Cost is $40 per student for the full series or $8 per class. White Clay Creek State Park

Full Moon Friday: Hot Chocolate Hike

Friday, February 11, 2022 at 7:00 PM

We will provide hot chocolate to help keep you warm on this early evening winter hike along the Creek Road trail! Bring a travel mug with lid. Online registration ends 24 hours prior to the program. After that, please call 302-368-6900 before noon. $6 per person

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Add to Calendar 2/11/2022 7:00:00 PM 2/11/2022 8:00:00 PM America/New_York Full Moon Friday: Hot Chocolate Hike We will provide hot chocolate to help keep you warm on this early evening winter hike along the Creek Road trail! Bring a travel mug with lid. Online registration ends 24 hours prior to the program. After that, please call 302-368-6900 before noon. $6 per person White Clay Creek State Park

Naturalist Led Hike

Saturday, February 12, 2022 at 10:00 AM

New to the park? Ready to find a new favorite trail? Then join the park naturalist on this series to explore trails and discover nature in White Clay Creek State Park. Dress for the weather, bring bottled water and come ready for adventure! Pre-registration required, call 302-368-6900 by Friday at 3 p.m. Free

Add to Calendar 2/12/2022 10:00:00 AM 2/12/2022 11:15:00 PM America/New_York Naturalist Led Hike New to the park? Ready to find a new favorite trail? Then join the park naturalist on this series to explore trails and discover nature in White Clay Creek State Park. Dress for the weather, bring bottled water and come ready for adventure! Pre-registration required, call 302-368-6900 by Friday at 3 p.m. Free White Clay Creek State Park

Intro to Birding

Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 9:00 AM

Join the park naturalist to learn about birds in the winter! Learn about local birds, observe the feeders at the Nature Center and go on a short hike. Pre-registration required by 3 p.m. on Friday 302-368-6900. Free

Add to Calendar 2/26/2022 9:00:00 AM 2/26/2022 10:30:00 AM America/New_York Intro to Birding Join the park naturalist to learn about birds in the winter! Learn about local birds, observe the feeders at the Nature Center and go on a short hike. Pre-registration required by 3 p.m. on Friday 302-368-6900. Free White Clay Creek State Park

Intro to Fly Fishing

Monday, February 28, 2022 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. Space is limited. Free

Add to Calendar 2/28/2022 7:00:00 PM 2/28/2022 8:00:00 PM America/New_York Intro 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. Space is limited. Free White Clay Creek State Park

Intro to Fly Tying

Monday, March 7, 2022 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. Space is limited. Free

Add to Calendar 3/7/2022 7:00:00 PM 3/7/2022 8:00:00 PM America/New_York Intro to Fly Tying 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. Space is limited. Free White Clay Creek State Park

Murder at the Mansion

Friday, March 25, 2022 at 7:00 PM

The year is 1925, and you're headed to the hippest night club in Newark! Our speakeasy is known as the Judge's Joint, and it's owned by ""Shifty"" S. Capades. However, Shifty won't be joining—he's down for the count. It's up to you to solve the mystery. Refreshments provided. $25 per person

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Add to Calendar 3/25/2022 7:00:00 PM 3/25/2022 9:00:00 PM America/New_York Murder at the Mansion The year is 1925, and you're headed to the hippest night club in Newark! Our speakeasy is known as the Judge's Joint, and it's owned by ""Shifty"" S. Capades. However, Shifty won't be joining—he's down for the count. It's up to you to solve the mystery. Refreshments provided. $25 per person White Clay Creek State Park

Murder at the Mansion

Saturday, March 26, 2022 at 7:00 PM

The year is 1925, and you're headed to the hippest night club in Newark! Our speakeasy is known as the Judge's Joint, and it's owned by ""Shifty"" S. Capades. However, Shifty won't be joining—he's down for the count. It's up to you to solve the mystery. Refreshments provided. $25 per person

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Add to Calendar 3/26/2022 7:00:00 PM 3/26/2022 9:00:00 PM America/New_York Murder at the Mansion The year is 1925, and you're headed to the hippest night club in Newark! Our speakeasy is known as the Judge's Joint, and it's owned by ""Shifty"" S. Capades. However, Shifty won't be joining—he's down for the count. It's up to you to solve the mystery. Refreshments provided. $25 per person White Clay Creek State Park

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