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Beautiful. Challenging. Fun. Fantastic trail and so peaceful. Try the Bull Run Trail for steep elevation to mix it up a bit.

Nice hike but be prepared for the rocks. Definitely wear hiking shoes and be prepared for crowds.

I took my nine year old son and 7 year old son on this trail from route 40 that crosses over route 70. It was a strenuos hike, but we had transport meet us at Washington Monument State Park which made it much more tolerable. The end was tough but we were proud to make it to the finish!

My first time here and I was very thankful that it wasn't very hot out. Thank God for a breeze. When you see my recording you will see two problem areas. One split on the Choate Mine Trail was so overgrown I missed it. I also took the wrong turn were the Serpentine Trail connects with the Almart Trail. If I didn't have All/Trails I would have been messed up even worse. This whole area is very, very rocky and mostly a wide open plain. Some sections is like being in the High Sierras or a desert full of rocks. If I return I will indeed wear hiking boots and not shoes. I recommend hiking in the morning hours or the evening. I am sure this place will get very hot in the mid-summer heat. Overall, I would come back when the season changes to see the beautiful landscape.

hiking
20 hours ago

trail running
21 hours ago

Can be used to make a nice running loop if run with Morning Choice and part of Cascade

trail running
21 hours ago

This is a very pretty trail? But the area around the falls is very crowded which can make running through a challenge. The other areas of the loop are open.

trail running
21 hours ago

Great trail, not a lot of traffic

Worth the view...on top of the rock you can see a lake off to the distance which is pretty serene. It is also pretty good views of other mountains. The angle where you are will depend on what you see. Glad however that you don't see much of thr surrounding towns/cities. The beginning of this hike is a little deceiving as you are on the side of the freeway, but give it like 5 min and you totally forget you just heard 18 wheelers fly by. Caution: Make sure on the last .28 miles you bare left (follow the blue strips) to exit the Appalachian trail. The sign is a little confusing.

This trail was much longer than we'd realized. From Chesapeake City, MD to Delaware City, DE one way was just over 15 miles and linked the Ben Cardin trail to the Michael Castle trail to another trail which doubled the length. I really wanted to go to Delaware City but didn't realize how many miles that added.

Once in Delaware City, we walked around the charming town for a bit, enjoying the water views and historical information. Due to our late start (we arrived in DE city at 5:45ish), the ferry and public restrooms were closed, unfortunately. However we had passed a couple of rest areas along the trail, so I just hit one if those on the way back, the first (Biddle Point) being about 2 miles from DE city. Be sure to bring along some money for refreshments at the trail heads!
The trip back was a rush to get there due to the time. I had wanted to stop at the old cemetery but sadly we couldn't afford to take the time. Thankfully, it was well lit along the canal but it was pretty dark in the sections that went away from the water. We almost hit a gate on our last one of those steep up/downhill sections since it was so dark. Somehow we both manage to avoid that accident, as we were separated after the steep uphill just prior.
Felt great to finally see that bridge over the Chesapeake and ultimately pull into the marina! We did a quick change in the parking lot and hit the Grain h2o in Bear, DE (we'd passed it halfway along the trail), for some much needed refreshment and relaxation. The beer, food, service, live music and atmosphere were just what we needed after our shocking 30+ mile bike trip.
Next time (and there will definitely be a next time!) we will start at Grain h2o and bike to one end and/or the other (most likely the Delaware City end, as it was more interesting).

hiking
1 day ago