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.

The creek views are pretty but hiking the entire length and back (Penndel Trail) gets a bit mundane as the scenery and terrain doesn't change much. Most of the trail follows a relatively wide and flat pathway with a lot of traffic. A good beginner stroll, but doesn't offer much to someone looking for a more rugged or challenging hike.

Great float MTB trails. Ups are not too difficult and the downs are tight and challenging. Great beginner track.

Beautiful place to bring small children. We put water shoes on my son and he played in the creek all day!

7 months ago

White Clay creek is in view for just about the entire hike! Beautiful woodsy and lush scenery. Wish it were more clearly marked. Believe this hike is a conglomerate of intersecting trails (Pendel, Pomeroy, Nature Preserve, and Mason Dixon). Watch out for bikers! Lots of bank/beach areas to access the creek and take a dip or drop a line. Great for pups wanting to cool off after a few miles of walking.

7 months ago

Lots of options here. Love the numerous clear water streams!

7 months ago

This is a moderately-challenging trail due to the length, but the terrain is level, which makes it easy to navigate. Walking along the creek for almost the entire length of the trail and listening to the water is very nice. There are many spots along the trail/creek to dip in the water and play, so bring your gear accordingly.

If you continue on the paved road for about 1/4 mile before turning back onto the trail, there is a spooky-looking old house along the unmarked and dense section on the left. It is worth to go and have a peek at it.

The only first-world-problem type of complaint that I have is that the trail is heavily trafficked by recreational bicyclists and it can be difficult to hear them approaching from behind.

7 months ago

We last did this hike about 6 years back with some of our older children starting from the Chambers Rock Road end in Delaware. This time we took the younger children, started from the London Tract Road end in Pennsylvania, came down to the DE end on the Charles Baily trail (east side of the creek) and back up on the Penndel trail (west side of the creek). A great hike, a huge number of birds and frogs. Not to crowded. Enough mud after a big rain yesterday to make for one messy spill, but really a great trail surface. Highly recommended, with or without children.

One of my favorites! There is an old small building of some kind on one if the trails, i always wondered what it is? A root cellar?

In the description is says 8.2 miles but I racked up over 13 miles adding some side trails to my walk. It was a fairly decent hike and pretty enjoyable. I would recommend it.

Monday, September 26, 2016

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.

trail running
Monday, September 26, 2016

There's a bunch of rope swings you have to check out!! So fun

Sunday, August 07, 2016

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!

Friday, July 08, 2016

Great place to hike with the kids, lots of wildlife. Hiking by the river under the shade of the trees is nice on a hot day.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Absolutely amazing. It was so calming & relaxing. The view & terrain was beautiful. All of the other hikers were super friendly. All in all had a wonderful time.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

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.

road biking
Thursday, June 18, 2015

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.

cross country skiing
Friday, May 22, 2015


Saturday, May 02, 2015

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!

trail running
Saturday, August 09, 2014

This is my all time favorite spot. The terrain is diverse, the scenery is beautiful, and pack a nice fly rod if you can coax them out the trout fishing is stellar! I typically run a 4-5 mile loop it is an amazing place!

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