Jim W. on Alapocas Woods Trail
Parking and access to the trail is available in Alapocas Run State Park (fee). The start point for this guide is at the Blue Ball Barn off of East Park Drive. The main trail follows the Northern Delaware Greenway. The trail is paved until you enter into the woods and then it becomes gravel. The trail enters the wooded area on the south east side of the A.I. DuPont mansion property and parallels Alapocas Run. The trail becomes asphalt again after crossing Alapocas Drive. It's a little over a mile from the Blue Ball Barn parking lot to the abandoned Bancroft Mills along the Brandywine River. There are some unimproved (but well marked) hiking trails in the woods on the Brandywine River side of Alapocas Drive that make their way to the baseball fields near the DuPont Experimental Station. Be careful to follow the main well marked trails, as there are many other unmarked trails, especially close to the Brandywine River. (Folks like to swim in the river and tend to leave lots of trash behind.) Mountain biking is not permitted on the unimproved trails. Parking at the ball fields is free. Rock climbing in the abandoned Bancroft Quarry is available by reservation at the park office.