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First Day Hikes


Join Delaware State Parks and start the New Year outdoors! Parks statewide will host a First Day Hike program to celebrate the national movement sponsored by America’s State Parks to have all 50 states offer First Day Hikes. Join us in celebrating America’s State Parks and your Delaware State Parks!

Alapocas Run State Park

10 a.m. on Northern Delaware Greenway trails plus Alapocas Run trails.

Meet at Blue Ball Barn

Hike Difficulty - Moderate

Accessible? No

Minimum age - None

Restrictions - Combination of paved and unpaved trails, pets must be on leash

Length of hike - 3.5 miles

What to bring with you - Dress for the weather (layers of clothing, winter shoes, hats and gloves) and bring drinking water and snacks.

Contact info for possible cancellations - (302) 222-7436

Take a two-hour recreational hike along the Northern Delaware Greenway trail as well as the trails in Alapocas Run State Park.


Auburn Valley State Park

1 p.m. on Oversee Farm Trail

Meet at : Oversee Farm Tail Parking Lot. 1516 Snuff Mill Road.

Hike Difficulty - Moderate

Accessible? No

Minimum age - None

Restrictions - Pets must be on leash

Length of hike - 1.1 miles

What to bring with you - Dress for the weather (layers of clothing, winter shoes, hats and gloves) and bring drinking water and snacks.

Contact info for possible cancellations - (302) 256-6321

Start the New Year off right by hiking the newest trail at Auburn Heights Preserve: the 1.1 mile Oversee Farm Trail.


Auburn Valley State Park

3:30 p.m. on Yorklyn Bridge Trail

Meet at Meet at the Yorklyn Bridge Trail parking lot on Yorklyn Road.

Hike Difficulty - Moderate

Accessible? No

Minimum age - None

Restrictions - Pets must be on leash

Length of hike - 1.2 miles

What to bring with you - Dress for the weather (layers of clothing, winter shoes, hats and gloves) and bring drinking water and snacks.

Contact info for possible cancellations - (302) 256-6321

For our second first day hike, we will walk the ½-mile Yorklyn Bridge Trail and cross the new Paper Mill Bridge to also hike the 1.2-mile paved Auburn Valley Trail.


Bellevue State Park

1 p.m. on Delaware Greenway Trail

Meet at Bellevue Arts Center

Hike Difficulty - Easy

Accessible? Yes

Minimum age - N/A

Restrictions - Pets on a leash

Length of hike - 2.5 miles

What to bring with you - Please dress for the weather

Contact info for possible cancellations - (302) 761-6963

Kick off the year at the park and have some fun while also getting exercise in nature. We’ll pick a trail based on the group and walk for about an hour and visit many special places throughout the park.  This hike is for all ages and is stroller friendly.  No cost or pre-registration necessary. Meet at the Arts Center.


Brandywine Creek State Park

1 p.m. on Hidden Pond

Meet at Nature Center

Hike Difficulty - Moderate

Accessible? No

Minimum age - N/A; Must be accompanied by an adult

Restrictions - Pets on a leash

Length of hike - 2 - 2.5 miles

What to bring with you - Dress for the weather (layers of clothing, winter shoes, hats and gloves) and bring drinking water and snacks. 

Contact info for possible cancellations - (302) 655-5740

You will see birds, meadows, nature preserve, Brandywine River/Creek, etc.


Brandywine Zoo

1 p.m. on First Day Hike at the Brandywine Zoo

Meet at Zoo front gates

Hike Difficulty - Easy

Accessible? Yes

Minimum age - None

Restrictions - No pets

Length of hike - 0.1 miles

What to bring with you - Please dress for the weather

Contact info for possible cancellations - (302) 571-7747

Join us for a stroll through the zoo to learn about how we care for our resident animals during the winter. Program meets at the front gates. May be cancelled due to inclement weather or icy conditions. You can find cancellation info on the Zoo website or the Zoo's Facebook page.


Cape Henlopen State Park

11 a.m. on The Point

Meet at The Point parking lot—extra parking at Point Comfort Station parking lot

Hike Difficulty - Easy

Accessible? No

Minimum age - 7 years old with an adult

Restrictions - No pets permitted

Length of hike - 1.5 miles

What to bring with you - Water, Snacks, Hat, Sunglasses, dress in layers, wear comfortable walking/hiking shoes

Contact info for possible cancellations - (302) 645-6852

Hike to the northeastern edge of Delaware, where the Delaware Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean. Experience the “battle” between sea and land that shape the Point. We’ll also search for seals and loons out in the water and other mystery items that have washed ashore on this 1.5-hour hike.


Delaware Seashore State Park

3 p.m. on Indian River Inlet Bridge

Meet at North Inlet Day Area

Hike Difficulty - Easy

Accessible? Yes

Minimum age - Recommended minimum age is 6, but open to all ages

Restrictions - None

Length of hike - 1.7 miles

What to bring with you - Dress for the weather! It can be very cold and windy on the bridge.

Contact info for possible cancellations - Updates will be on Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/delawareseashorestatepark/

Join the “First Day Hike” National Movement with a hike over the Charles W. Cullen Bridge Learn about inlet history along the way. Cancellation updates will be on our Facebook page


First State Heritage Park

1 p.m. on Stories of The Green walking tour

Meet at John Bell House, 43 The Green, Dover

Hike Difficulty - Easy

Accessible? Yes

Minimum age - N/A

Restrictions - None

Length of hike - 0.25 miles

What to bring with you - Walking shoes, camera, and dress for the weather

Contact info for possible cancellations - (302) 545-2027

Celebrate the first day of the year with a Stories of The Green Walking Tour. Parks statewide will host participate in the national movement sponsored by America’s State Parks.


Fort Dupont State Park

10 a.m. on Fort Dupont Walking Trail

Meet at Parking Lot at the end of Wilmington Avenue. Wilmington Avenue is also called Old Battery Lane.

Hike Difficulty - Easy

Accessible? No

Minimum age - None

Restrictions - None

Length of hike - 1 miles

What to bring with you - Waterproof shoes, water, snacks, warm clothes

Contact info for possible cancellations - (302) 834-7941

Celebrate the New Year by spending some time out in nature! Join us for a hike on Fort DuPont’s trails and experience both the beautiful natural environment and the historic structures that make this park unique. Be sure to wear comfortable water-proof shoes and to dress warmly!


Fort Miles Museum and Historical Area

2 p.m. on Fort Miles Pinelands Trail Hike

Meet at Fort Miles Orientation Building

Hike Difficulty - Moderate

Accessible? No

Minimum age - 7 years old with an adult

Restrictions - No pets permitted

Length of hike - 1.5 miles

What to bring with you - Water, hat, comfortable walking/hiking shoes, warm clothes

Contact info for possible cancellations - (302) 644-5005

Hike the Pinelands area below Fort Miles and uncover some of Cape Henlopen’s history. Be prepared for walking in loose sand.


Killens Pond State Park

1 p.m. on Pondside Nature Trail

Meet at Nature Center

Hike Difficulty - Easy - Moderate

Accessible? No

Minimum age - n/a

Restrictions - Dogs must be on leash.

Length of hike - 2.8 miles

What to bring with you - Water bottle

Contact info for possible cancellations - (302) 284-4299

Join us for a hike with friends. We will hold multiple hikes of various lengths starting from the nature center.


Lums Pond State Park

1 p.m. on Swamp Forest Trail Loop

Meet at Area 1 Pavilion

Hike Difficulty - Easy

Accessible? No

Minimum age - 5, must be able to walk a mile

Restrictions - pets must be on a leash

Length of hike - 1 miles

What to bring with you - Water and snacks, warm clothes

Contact info for possible cancellations - (302) 368-6989

Start off the New Year with the whole family. Join us at the Area 1 pavilion on the first day of the year for a guided hike near the pond and forests of the park.


Trap Pond State Park

10 a.m. on Bob Trail

Meet at Baldcypress Nature Center

Hike Difficulty - Easy

Accessible? Yes

Minimum age - None

Restrictions - None

Length of hike - 1.5 miles

What to bring with you - Dress for the weather and bring comfortable shoes and a bottle of water.

Contact info for possible cancellations - (302) 875-5163

What better place to celebrate the New Year than the first state’s first state park? See how industry has affected the ecosystem on this easy 1.5 mile hike. Meet at the nature center.


White Clay Creek State Park

1 p.m. on Millstone Pond Trail

Meet at Carpenter Recreation Area

Hike Difficulty - Moderate

Accessible? No

Minimum age - Backpack or walking, no stroller access

Restrictions - Foot trail only

Length of hike - 1.3 miles

What to bring with you - Water, good walking shoes, dress for the weather

Contact info for possible cancellations - (302) 368-6560

Start your new year off right on this family hike led by members of the Friends of White Clay Creek State Park. We will also provide “Hike on Your Own” suggestions for the day for those who prefer smaller groups.