Delaware March 18, 2018
9 Totally Kid-Friendly Hikes In Delaware That Are 1 Mile And Under
Delaware’s hikes are relatively flat and easy, so they’re perfect for bringing children. If you’ve got a little one who loves nature, wildlife, and our beautiful marshes, bring them on these kid-friendly hikes in Delaware this spring.
1. Thompson Island Trail, Delaware Seashore State Park
The Thompson Island trail is a .7 mile out and back trail that takes you past marsh and pine forest before ending at an overlook that shows Thompson Island, the Rehoboth Bay, and the skyline of Dewey Beach. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy before turning around and heading back home.
2. Cypress Point Trail, Trap Pond State Park
The one-mile Cypress Pond Trail is a loop that shows off the best of Trap Pond's famous baldcypress trees. If you're looking for more hiking after you complete this trail, the park has two more short and easy hikes.
3. American Holly Trail, Trap Pond State Park
The American Holly Trail is a short, .7-mile loop trail that connects to the longer Loblolly Trail around Trap Pond. Enjoy the views of the pond and cypress trees on this easy, scenic trail!
4. Island Trail, Trap Pond State Park
The Island Trail at Trap Pond is a short .6-mile loop trail that will show off the forest and wetlands of Trap Pond. It's a great way to finish a day of hiking the park's other trails, and it connects to the American Holly Trail.
5. Alapocas Woods, Alapocas Run State Park
This trail is .7 miles one way, and it's paved for easy hiking. Enjoy views of rocky outcroppings and take side trails to vistas and interesting finds.
6. Prison Camp, Fort Delaware State Park
Follow this .8-mile-long trail around Fort Delaware on Pea Patch Island. This historic fort was once used as a Confederate Prison during the Civil War. You'll spot all sorts of wildlife, and can tour the fort after your hike.
7. Port Penn, Fort DuPont State Park
There are interactive exhibits along this .9-mile trail that tell you about the ecosystems and history of the tidal marsh area. The trail actually takes you through the Augustine Wildlife Area.
8. Riverview Trail, Fort DuPont State Park
The Riverview Trail takes you past the old, abandoned batteries of Fort DuPont and shows off scenic views. This trail is a one-mile loop.
9. Trolley Trail, Auburn Heights Preserve
This short, half-mile-long trail was once a trolley path. Walk the historic loop that follows Auburn Mill millrace to the Red Clay Creek and a large open meadow.
There’s nothing like getting in touch with nature in the First State, and these kid-friendly hikes in Delaware are a great way to introduce your little ones to the great outdoors. For more amazing hikes in Delaware that would be easy for anyone, read our list of
9 Amazing Delaware Hikes Under 3 Miles You’ll Absolutely Love.