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Lucy P. on Fox Point State Park River Walk Tra...
This park has its pluses and minuses. Biggest minus is location - next to the highway and train tracks makes it noisy. Biggest plus is location - stretched right along the Delaware River. Very open with few trees. Major draw, for me, is that frequently big ships pass close by (cruise, container, tugs...) which makes it fun for kids. Also a good place to learn to bike ride as this is not a crowded spot. Yes, sort of a city/industrial location but a nice spot for a winter walk on a sunny day or when you want a change from a woodsy walk.
I would rate it a 5 star if / when it is completed. There are stretches of gravel along the way which is not too bad (although descriptions say it's all paved--not true) but there is a patch where the canal overflows onto the trail. This morning I splashed my way through but on the way back, walked my bike through 6 inches of water. Are there plans to pave the whole thing? There is a lot of construction equipment along the way.
A nice walk into the marshland. Starting from wildlife drive, the trail crosses a few hundred feet of boardwalk before hitting dry land. Then the trail splits into a loop, following waters edge first on the left trail and looping back through a more wooded trail.
Wife, dog, and I hiked the whole loop in late afternoon while staying at campground. Well maintained, very easy, with some nice overlooks of the pond. Only negative was short stretch on road that must be taken to complete loop, less than 0.2 miles, so not bad.
The Michael Castle trail is a mostly paved multi-use trail running along the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal between the Maryland state line and Fort Delaware State Park in Delaware City, DE. It features excellent views of the canal and marshlands and woods along the canal and the historic areas along Canal Street in Delaware City, ending with views of the Delaware River from the state park. As of September 2016 there is still one short section, about 3/4 mile, near the US 301 bridge, that is not yet paved. Here the surface is packed gravel and it appears that the section is being prepared for paving.
There are several trailhead parking areas currently open and one that is completed near Lum's Pond that is constructed but wasn't open as of September 11, 2016. The others are street parking in Delaware City, off Main Street in Georgetown, and Biddle Point. All are paved parking with information kiosk and restrooms.
APPLY INSPECT REPELLENT! It is a nice short hike through marsh, pines, sand. You start out and it's nice, about 1/3 of the way around things turned into a slight nightmare. The trail was very overgrown in spots, tall (6'+-) grass that you had to push your way through while being swarmed with gaint mosquitos and biting flies. Had a few bite marks, then more and more surfaced. Small welts 75+ from my arm pits down, I am covered in chigger bites. Luckily no ticks.