Bellevue Hall mansion commands a grand view of this historic estate, and its present form reflects alterations made by William du Pont, Jr. Mr. du Pont surrounded his home with the finest facilities: tennis courts, equestrian stables, gardens, and a picturesque pond, amid woodlands and fields overlooking the Delaware River. The park was acquired by the State of Delaware in 1976. The Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation has retained the historic charm of Bellevue while providing many opportunities for recreation. Walking and jogging are popular activities at any time of the year. A 1-1/8 mile fitness track circles a catch-and-release fishing pond stocked with bass, catfish, and sunfish, while the nearby exercise trail offers a refreshing workout. Hiking trails allow you to explore other parts of the estate. If you prefer cycling, both paved and unpaved paths lead you on a leisurely tour.
This is my go-to park for walking. There are several trails inside the park that can accommodate walking, running or biking on paved surfaces, or on unimproved trails through woods. The Northern Delaware Greenway Trail travels from Bellevue to Rockwood and beyond. Search www.delawaregreenways.org for maps. There is a park admission fee, or you can purchase an annual pass.
Nice local trail.
My comments are that unless you are a resident of DE and have a permit, there is a parking fee of $8.00 for out of state residents.
My other comment is that the main loop is crushed stone while the outboard loops are paved. Would be nicer if the trails were all the same surface.
Despite the above, the trails have pleasant scenery, nice open spaces and outdoor facilities such as picnic tables, playground, lake and exercise stations scattered around the main loop.
The Bellevue stroll is a flat 1.125 mile loop around a beautiful pond, large fields, wooded areas, playgrounds and a health circuit. We ran the loop a handful of times in order to reach our 5 mile goal. The wooded areas provided shade along most of the route and parts of the route were filled with the glorious scent of honeysuckle. It's an easy route. Perfect for beginner trail runners.
The route lies in mixed settings on the DuPont estates. Lots of opportunities for the photography hobbyist. There's an amphitheater, horse farm, beautiful buildings, stone walls and gardens.
My only complaint is that the public restrooms were out of order and they only provided one very old rusty porta potty.