Looking for a great trail in White Clay Creek State Park, Delaware? AllTrails has 7 great hiking trails, trail running trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 5 moderate trails in White Clay Creek State Park ranging from 2.4 to 7.4 miles and from 131 to 354 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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Come to White Clay Creek to escape the encroaching development of New Castle County. The park's lush greenery and sparkling streams offer a refreshing change of pace and countless opportunities for outdoor fun and relaxation. Hiking is one of the most popular activities in the park. Thirty-seven miles of trails lead explorers to historic sites and scenic vistas overlooking lush valleys and impressive rock outcrops. Hikers and mountain bike riders can travel through the Middle Run Valley Natural Area to Possum Hill or hike the Pomeroy Rail-Trail to the pedestrian bridge over White Clay Creek. There are plenty of year-round activities available at White Clay Creek. The Nature Center hosts fun and interesting public programs, and visitors can enjoy outdoor activities such as fishing, birdwatching or disc golf. Families may take advantage of the large picnic area and pavilion for a reunion or to host a casual barbecue with friends, followed by an evening concert or other special event throughout the summer. Sledding and cross-country skiing are among the many winter activities available at the park. Locals can sign up for the White Clay Creek State Park mailing list! You'll get updates about upcoming programs and events, announcements and job and volunteer opportunities.

hiking
24 days ago

Pretty good overall. Even on an off day you’ll run into bikers; I’d imagine even more on a weekend. There are a few points where the trail is hard to locate especially in the fields sometimes it isn’t well marked. I would definitely do again.

Fun muddy trail but it had rained hard day before. But enjoyed

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely glorious

PenDel Trail has a lot of shade and is mostly flat. One creek crossing due to washout of the main trail.

hiking
2 months ago

I give this trail a 4 because of the views. If you like a variety of fields & meadows, and also woodsy canopy, you will like this. You can easily connect to the Whitley Farms trail, and could even cross over that trail to connect to David English to give yourself more of a challenge . It's beautiful year round, and just a word of caution - avoid the "Skills Trail" section - it's for bikes, and if you are trying to use the bridges in that section it's not big enough for you and a bike. Someone will have to wait!

Our go to trail in the area. Shaded the whole time except one short field. You follow along the creek for about 1/2 the hike.

bridge finished, trail open as of 6/9/19

hiking
bridge out
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

This can be a fun trail if you don't run into too many bikers. Suggest not going on a weekend, as there are many bikes during that time. There is some elevation but it won't wear you out. Pretty in spring and early summer with wildflowers on part of the trail near the meadows.

The trail map posted under this listing is not correct. This trail map used both Bryan’s Field AND Whitely Farms, they are two separate trails that can be conjoined if wanted. Bryan’s field is approximately 2.2-2.6 depending (the park stated the later and my phone stated the former). It was a wonderful trail, slightly overgrown but still lovely. However, it is a mountain biking trail and the trail itself is narrow. I felt bad for the bikers having to share the trail with us hikers! I enjoyed the trail nonetheless!

hiking
bridge out
2 months ago

hiking
bridge out
2 months ago

Beautiful trail, although this name was not correct throughout. if you follow the Alltrails map, it will take you through. there were a couple of small bridges out, but we were able to go around easily and continue our hike.

trail running
over grown
2 months ago

Mostly wooded with some open grassy fields. The grass is overgrown in the end of May. Some challenging hills for running. Mostly single track with some stretches of paved or gravel trail. Great place to run with my dog.

hiking
bridge out
bugs
muddy
2 months ago

A pearl trail

The trail was wonderful!!! I did have to shout a few times to let bikers know I was walking with my dog- they were going a bit fast and depending where you are they may not be able to see you. Otherwise, it was peaceful and beautiful.

Nice hiking trail. Falling tree make it difficult for mountain biking. Still well kept and nice walk.

hiking
bugs
off trail
over grown
3 months ago

This is frankly the best or one of the best hiking trails in the WCC. In truth probably Delaware too. Not often popularized, but this section goes over the highest point in the state park at ~400 ft elevation above sea level, right before you reach Corner Ketch Road. There are several hundred year old Osage Orange trees that the path winds through and equestrian fields. When we get a nor'easter; one can cross-country ski on the equestrian fields (done it it;s fun:)) There's about a 100-150ft descent on the fields so the skiing/sledding isn't half bad. Best of all this is this is one of the few trails in White Clay Creek that actually has switchbacks. (I've never seen them elsewhere in DE) Starting from Yeatman's station rd and following the Boundary Line Trail up to Corner Ketch Rd. one covers about 230-270 ft of elevation but about 350-370 ft of vertical change (i.e. you go up and down a lot) over a distance of about 0.7 miles. (You go in and out of the tributaries.) I would consider it very good practice for a hike in the Alleghenies or Blue Ridge, assuming one does this section at the end of a larger hike-loop. Particularly with weight. It's also a bit isolated which is hard to get in New Castle County or even other areas of the park.

Nice hike with my dog. We saw one other hiker and 4 on bikes. A lot of open fields on the trail so it wouldn’t be my choice of a trail on a hot day.

hiking
4 months ago

The skills trail is cool

As a beginner hiker the trail was challenging but not overwhelming. Certain sections presented beautiful views.

Wildflower area is the best! Definitely a nice escape and will be coming back again. A little muddy in spots after rain but otherwise great.

Yeatmans station onto unnamed connector originating from field atop hill (Down from Kuhns house), unnamed connector connects to Wendel Cassel trail to David English Trail to Thompsons station lot (quick up and back on Charles Bailey and hunting trail 13??) then back up Thompsons station rd to end of Wendel Cassel and back to Corner Katch from Old Cart Road.

hiking
muddy
5 months ago

A lot of mountain bikers but all very friendly. Great bike trail!!!

hiking
bridge out
closed
off trail
5 months ago

As of 3/7 there is a lot of maintenance going on in the park. Several places on the trail were closed and I used the trail map to find alternate routes around. I would love to come back in better conditions, but for now, I wouldn’t recommend this hike unless you live close by. There is a fair amount of noise from passing cars and heavy equipment (eg chain saws) associated with trail maintenance and nearby properties. This area is more of a lightly wooded park than a forest trail. Great for trail running, especially once they finish the maintenance. Note: my phone went dead during the recording, so take that into account if you review it for time and distance.

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