It can seem hard to escape the crowds in Delaware sometimes – though we have plenty of small towns, we tend to gather in the cities and larger towns for shopping, dining, and entertainment. When you’re looking to get a little off-the-grid-in the First State, check out these quiet Delaware trails and parks that you’re likely to have to yourself.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Brandywine Creek State Park
Brandywine Creek State Park is a natural oasis hiding in the shadow of Wilmington's crowded streets. This remote and serene state park is the perfect place to escape the city and leave the business world behind.
Address: Brandywine Creek State Park, 41 Adams Dam Rd, Wilmington, DE 19807
2. Burton Island, Delaware Seashore State Park
Did you know there's an island in Delaware you can walk to? Burton Island near the Indian River Inlet is a cool place to explore, particularly in the winter. When the warmer weather comes, be sure to bring plenty of bug spray. For now, though, just enjoy the peaceful seaside hike.
Address: Delaware Seashore State Park, 39415 Inlet Rd., Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
3. Trap Pond State Park
Trap Pond is a giant state park in slower lower Delaware where you can spend hours hiking through paths and learning about local ecology. If you're a kayaker, follow the James Branch trail to see the oldest and largest tree in Delaware, the 600 year old Patriarch Tree.
Address: Trap Pond State Park, 33587 Baldcypress Lane, Laurel, DE 19956
4. Fenwick Island State Park
Fenwick Island is a charming town that's quiet in the off season, and the beaches at Fenwick Island State Park are nearly deserted. If you want some ocean time without the crowds, make it a point to visit here.
Address: Fenwick Island State Park, DE-1, Fenwick Island, DE 19944
5. Blackbird State Forest
Go on a backpacking adventure in Delaware's most remote forest. Blackbird State Forest isn't far from Dover or Newark, but it's probably the most isolated campground in the First State. There are Adirondack style shelters along the tracts to keep you dry if the weather threatens your plans.
Address: Blackbird State Forest, 502 Blackbird Forest Rd, Smyrna, DE 19977
6. Redden State Forest
Redden State Forest is home to quiet trails that are perfect for birdwatching and wildlife viewing. If you don't want to wander off into the woods, at least take the time to visit for a picnic at their quiet grove.
Address: Redden State Forest, 18074 Redden Forest Dr, Georgetown, DE 19947
7. Big Stone Beach
Big Stone Beach, along the Delaware Bay, is beautiful and deserted in the offseason. Enjoy the sound of water lapping at the shores while you meditate on your relaxing stroll along the sand. In the spring, summer, and fall keep an eye out for horseshoe crabs, and pack plenty of bug spray.
Address: Big Stone Beach, Big Stone Beach Rd, Milford, DE 19963
8. White Clay Creek State Park
White Clay Creek State Park is one of Delaware's best kept secrets. This enormous preserve just outside of Newark is home to miles of trails, wading spots, and river overlooks. It's a wonderful place to escape for the day without having to travel far.
Address: White Clay Creek State Park, 880 New London Rd, Newark, DE 19711
9. Gordon's Pond, Cape Henlopen State Park
Cape Henlopen State Park is rarely empty, but if you travel a little bit off the beaten path, you'll find the remote Gordon's Pond. Along this trail, you could walk all the way to Rehoboth Beach! It's a great trail, combined with the Junction and Breakwater Trail, for a bike ride along the coastal marshes.
Address: Gordons Pond Trailhead, 95-99 Ocean Dr, Lewes, DE 19958