I love hiking because it helps me to relax and put things into perspective, all while getting a little exercise. If you’re like me, you might not have a whole day to devote to this hobby. Luckily, Delaware has lots of easy and short hiking trails to get you moving and still have you home in time to check off the next item on your to-do list. Here are a few of my favorites.
1. Twin Valley Trail - 3.9 miles
There are 10 wonderful trails at White Clay Creek State Park in Newark. My favorite is the moderate Twin Valley Trail, which passes lots of wild bird habitat, making it easy to spot many songbird species.
2. Loblolly Trail - 4.6 miles
This leisurely hike loops around Trap Pond in Laurel.
3. Crosscountry Trail - 3.1 miles
This trail at Killens Pond in Felton takes you over a bridge and through the forest. It will leave you energized and feeling more connected to nature.
4. Northern Delaware Greenway - 0.9 miles
Located in Brandywine Park in Wilmington, this is one of the easier hikes to take in northern Delaware. Its Swinging Bridge is breathtaking.
5. Seahawk Trail - 1.5 miles
Holts Landing State Park in Millville has a beautiful beach plus two hiking trails. The Seahawk Trail will lead you through the forest and meadow. A must-do if you're near the beach this summer.
6. Rocky Run Trail - 2 miles
The moderate hike in Brandywine Creek State Park (different from Brandywine Park above) is beautiful in all seasons, but is definitely one to remember when the fall foliage is at its most vibrant.
7. Bellevue State Park Trails - 4.9 Miles
You can technically hike all three of Bellevue State Park's trails and still have walked only 4.9 miles. This is a peaceful park to relax and reflect, and each of its trails are easy enough for all fitness levels.
8. Walking Dunes Trail - 1.6 miles
Hike through the woods and beside the mash and to the Great Dune on this trail at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes.
9. Christina Riverwalk - 1.3 miles
This is the perfect lunchtime getaway for those who work in downtown Wilmington. It also conveniently passes shops and restaurants, just in case you're looking to pick up some goodies while you're out.
10. Boardwalk Trail at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge - 0.5 miles
The quick half-mile loop is perfect for sneaking a peek at shorebirds. The walk is also wheelchair accessible. Prime Hook NWR is located in Milton.
11. Carousel Park Trail - 2.5 miles
I love this Pike Creek hike because it also includes a dog park and equestrian facilities. You can take your pup to scamper around with other dogs and easily squeeze in a walk - all before lunchtime.
12. South Marsh Trail at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge - 0.25 miles
The quarter-mile walk may be the perfect way to stretch your legs after cruising the 12 mile wildlife drive in your car. Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge is located in Smyrna.
Even if you’re short on time, there are lots of opportunities to get outdoors. Do you have a favorite short hike you like to take in Delaware? Leave it in the comments below.