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  • Delaware City, Delaware

    Hike Michael Castle Trail

    5.0
    12.4 mi / 288 ft gain
    This trail welcomes people of all skill levels. It’s mostly flat with just a few inclines and is nicely paved. It’s a relatively wide trail, leaving enough room for multiple walkers, hikers, skaters, or bikers. It’s the perfect trail for those looking to train long distances, whether running or...
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  • New Castle, Delaware

    Hike or Bike Michael N. Castle Trail

    19.7 mi
    The Michael N. Castle Trail (known locally as the Mike Castle Trail) is a 19.7-mile trail in northern Delaware along the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal. You'll get great views of the canal and the bridges.  The trail is flat and paved, making it a great pick for biking. The trail is one way, but ...
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  • Bear, Delaware

    Hike the Swamp Forest Trail

    6.75 mi / 144 ft gain
    Especially scenic in the fall, this well maintained trail loops around a small pond. It is an easy walk (or bike ride) that has a good chance of numerous wildlife sightings.
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  • Bear, Delaware

    Camp at Lums Pond State Park

    5.0
    Lums Pond State Park offers endless adventures while you camp in the newly renovated campground. Explore the pond via kayak, hike through more than 12 miles of trails, fish from the water’s edge, take your dog to enjoy the off-leash dog park, or try the Go Ape Treetop Adventure Course.   The camp...
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  • Newark, Delaware

    Hike White Clay Creek Preserve Loop Trail

    11.5 mi / 856 ft gain
    This trail runs through a wooded area and is great for all skill levels. It is mostly used for walking, hiking, running, and mountain biking. Though the entire loop itself is quite lengthy, there are connecting trails that you can embark on to add to or shorten your trip. The trails are well main...
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  • Newark, Delaware

    Hike the PennDel Trail at White Clay Creek SP

    5.0
    1.9 mi / 0 ft gain
    White Clay Creek State Park is a large expanse of beautiful woods and streams with over 37 miles of trails. The PennDel Trail follows White Clay Creek and winds through the hardwood forests.  The PennDel Trail actually begins at the Pennsylvania state line, but the easiest way to access the trail...
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  • Wilmington, Delaware

    Hike the Northern Delaware Greenway Trail

    12.35 mi / 1096 ft gain
    If you are going to tour Northern Delaware, look no further than the Northern Delaware Greenway Trail. This ~12 mile route links some of the best sites and attractions in the region including Bellevue State Park, Wilmington State Park, Brandywine Creek State Park, Brandywine Zoo, and Rockford Par...
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  • Wilmington, Delaware

    Hike Brandywine Park Loop

    5.0
    2.2 mi / 65 ft gain
    It’s a great spot for a quick run or hike. If you want to extend your time outdoors after you’ve completed the loop, there are other trails to choose from as well. The park is dog friendly, but all dogs must be leashed.  Many enjoy this park for its scenic river and bridge views. The well-tended...
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  • New Castle County, Delaware

    Hike the Indian Springs Trail

    5.0
    1.8 mi
    The Indian Springs trailhead is located to the right of the Brandywine Creek State Park Nature Center. The address for your GPS is 41 Adams Dam Road, Wilmington, DE, 19807.The trail starts out following along a crafted stone wall built in the 1800's and leads you through the 190 year-old tulip po...
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  • Wilmington, Delaware

    Hike the Hidden Pond Trail

    4.0
    2.15 mi / 282 ft gain
    Brandywine Creek State Park, a 933-acre park located in Northern Delaware, offers 14 miles of hiking trails, expanses of open fields, and the beautiful Brandywine Creek. The Hidden Pond trail is an excellent hike through the hardwood forests and down to the banks of the creek.  The trail begins ...
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  • Wilmington, Delaware

    Rocky Run Loop Trail at Brandywine Creek State Park

    3.2 mi / 272 ft gain
    The Rocky Run Trail is a 3.2-mile loop through Brandywine Creek State Park in Wilmington, Delaware. The trail has some nice views of the Brandywine River and the surrounding forest. There are some rocky areas of mild elevation, so be prepared.  The trail is not well marked, and there are many of...
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  • North East, Maryland

    Hike the Elk Neck State Forest Trails

    3.5
    6.6 mi / 450 ft gain
    Park in the lot (see map) and follow signage for the loop trail. This is not a highly trafficked trail so there may be sections that need some maintenance, but that won't get in the way of completing the hike. 
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  • Wilmington, Delaware

    Creekside and Brandywine Valley Trail Loop

    4.5
    5.5 mi / 20 ft gain
    This loops starts out from the Rockland Road Trail head.  There is a pay station here that is self-regulated.  Creekside Trail starts here and runs the entire length of Brandywine Creek State Park along the Brandywine River. The trail is an easy 2.6 miles long and continues into First State Natio...
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  • Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

    Hike the Meadow Garden at Longwood Gardens

    1.7 mi / 3 ft gain
    Longwood Gardens, located in Kennet Square Pennsylvania, is one of the premier horticultural display gardens in the country. Explore over 1,077 acres of gardens, woodlands, wetlands, and floral displays. Don't miss the Meadow Garden Trail!The Meadow Garden features an 86 acre expanse of native pl...
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  • North East, Maryland

    Hike the White Banks Trail at Elk Neck SP

    5.0
    6 mi
    Most people visit Elk Neck to photograph the lighthouse, or access to the Bay (the throttle of speed boats is never far), but don't miss out on the trails. The three mile out-and-back White Banks Trail offers crazy-beautiful views of the Chesapeake as well as a moderately difficult workout. Park ...
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  • North East, Maryland

    Hike to the Turkey Point Lighthouse in Elk Neck SP

    3.0
    1.6 mi / 60 ft gain
    This hike begins from the parking lot trailhead that is well-marked.  Be cautious - parking is limited and may be full on weekends, and the paved road suddenly ends at the parking lot entrance.  The path is crushed stone, wide, and relatively flat.  Dogs are welcome but must be on leashes.  On th...
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