Delaware Hiking, Nature October 05, 2017
7 Short And Sweet Fall Hikes In Delaware With A Spectacular End View
Autumn is the prettiest season in Delaware, and the cool weather is just starting to creep in! Peak foliage season is upon us, and these beautiful fall hikes in Delaware show off the best scenery in the state. Pack a picnic and plan a day trip out to one of these state parks or forests to see the stunning fall colors that are going to disappear fast.
1. Brandywine Creek State Park, Rocky Run Trail
Combine the Rocky Run Trail will bring you through two miles of incredible scenery in Brandywine Creek State Park. The beautiful Rocky Run bridge takes you into the serene forest, where you'll be surrounded by tall trees bursting with the bright colors of autumn along the creek.
2. Brandywine Creek State Park, Indian Spring Trail
The Indian Springs trail is great to combine with the Rocky Run trail, or do one or the other for a short and sweet fall hike. The beautiful tulip poplar trees and open fields set the scene for a rocky trail that levels off with some incredible views of the creek and the open fields as you wander through a nature preserve.
3. Bellevue State Park, Oval Track and Nature Preserve
The views of the pond at Bellevue State Park make the Nature Preserve Trail and Oval Track a great hike for anyone. The easy, level hikes are suitable for most hikers, and the views are breathtaking in the fall.
4. Cape Henlopen State Park, Junction and Breakwater Trail
Enjoy the cooler weather of autumn as you hike the Junction and Breakwater trail around Cape Henlopen State Park. It's a great time of year to take in the changing colors of the marsh, and then stop for lunch or dinner to enjoy the quiet off-season in Rehoboth Beach.
5. Lums Pond, Swamp Trail
Lums Pond offers nearly 14 miles of trails, but you can do shorter loops and out-and-backs to create the perfect hike for your group. The views are mesmerizing from nearly anywhere you stop. Pack a picnic and enjoy this hikeable lake for a real treat.
6. Mt. Cuba Center
The Mt. Cuba Center is busiest during the spring wildflower season, but if you've never been during the fall, you are missing out! Take in the best of Delaware's local foliage at this incredible estate of rolling hills and open meadows.
7. White Clay Creek State Park, Boundary Line Trail.
The entirety of White Clay Creek State Park seems like it was made for fall. Babbling brooks, towering forests, and trails that seem to go on forever make this a true fall paradise in Delaware. Enjoy the best views along the Whitney Farm trail, or the Boundary Line trail.
If you’d rather not hike, you would also enjoy the
Delaware Fall Foliage Road Trip, where you’ll see the best foliage without having to stray from your car.