Follow This Abandoned Railroad Trail For One Of The Most Unique Hikes In Delaware

Years ago, New Castle County was packed with rail lines. Freight trains brought resources from the Port of Wilmington or traveled down to deliver goods, and waiting forever by the railroad crossing became part of the daily commute. Today, trains aren’t as common, and many of the rail lines have been abandoned. Rather than letting them get overgrown with weeds and vines, Delaware’s Rails to Trails project has been slowly converting these routes into public access trails. One of the nicest, newest trails in the state is a converted rail-trail – check it out!

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From the trailhead in Wilmington, you can park at either Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park or the Russell Peterson Wildlife Refuge. In New Castle, the trail ends just north of Battery Park. If you’re hitting the trail from that end, park either in Battery Park or in the Public Parking along Delaware Street.

Be sure to spend some time exploring the trails at the Wildlife Refuge, too. It was named one of the 11 Hidden Attractions Locals Keep To Themselves In Delaware and you’ll quickly find out why!