The 2,072-acre White Clay Creek Preserve is in southern Chester County, three miles north of Newark, Delaware. The White Clay Creek Valley, which forms the core of the Preserve, varies from steep to gradually falling terrain with some flat bottomlands, all drained by the creek. White Clay Creek Preserve shares boundary with White Clay Creek State Park of Delaware. Because White Clay Creek posses outstanding scenic, wildlife, recreational and cultural value, it has been designated by Congress as a National Wild and Scenic River, and shall be preserved in free-flowing condition for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations.
Walt D. on White Clay Creek Trail
I've been coming here my entire life, the preserve has many sections in DE and Pennsylvania. It's pay to park in DE (during fee months) but the PA side is free year round. Check the park website for more info. Judge Morris in the DE side is a great short hike and offers great mountain biking trails. The bike/hiking trails are very well maintained and well marked.
White Clay Creek/Penndel Trail Review
This morning I did an eight mile trail in Pennsylvania and Delaware all in a single hike. Thanks to AllTrails I found a hike close to the town of Kennett Square where I was staying. It all happened at the White Clay Creek Preserve. One of the trails was called the Penndel Trail and I decided to follow it because it looked like the start of the trail on AllTrails. Most of this hike parallels the White Clay Creek that features clear running shallow water with a mix of fast and slow moments. It looked like a place for fisher persons and I saw one fly fisherman on the hike. The trail was very clear and had a variety of widths but only a couple of spots where it was narrow. The Penndel Trail is an out and back that forms a "U" shape with a creek crossing over a bridge. The start of the hike was low and ran along the creek on the left and early on a beautiful reed field on the right. After crossing the bridge the trail still runs low but soon climbs to a higher elevation. The trail narrows a bit and you come upon a cornfield on the right. Then the climb begins with breathtaking views with the creek below. I was surprised when I came upon a sign that said Delaware White Clay Creek Preserve. I hiked until my recording told me I had gone about four miles in order to keep my distance to around an eight mile journey. I turned around at a parking lot and a sign that tells about Dorothy Miller who was involved with every major effort to make the preserve a reality and its increase from 24 to 3000 acres of protected stream valley, floodplain habitat, and forested hills. I would definitely do this hike again and I recommend giving it a go!
Absolutely beautiful and relaxing hike. We walked from Delaware to Pennsylvania. Seen deer along our hike. The beauty of nature is amazing. First time using the "All Trails" app on my phone. If you click the direction button for White Clay and the address 104 Stone....come up, do not go there, it is a private residence. It is best to map out the location of White Clay via Internet.
I walk and ride this trail very often since it is close to my home. It is picturesque and beautiful in all seasons. You can ride your bike starting on this trail in Landenberg and it joins up with the Pomeroy trail in Newark, Delaware. The entire loop will give you a good 13 to 14 mile ride.
Aron M. on White Clay Creek Trail
White clay creek encompasses a large area shared by both Delaware and Pennsylvania. The Pa side doesn't have a parking fee and the trails are more along the river. Fishing, walking, dog walking are all great to do here. Trails can be muddy after a storm but are mostly flat. Great park!