Delaware April 03, 2018
7 Low-Key Hikes In Delaware With Amazing Payoffs
Springtime is the best time for hiking in Delaware – before all the greenheads come out and before the sweltering sun makes daytime hikes a challenge. Here are a few easy hikes to start your season – and each of them has something truly amazing to show off to you.
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. Azalea Woods, Winterthur
The Azalea Woods at Winterthur are H.F. DuPont's greatest creation. Stroll through these endless fields of color in early April, and eventually make your way to the Enchanted Woods, where you'll find the Acorn Tea Room, Tulip Tree House, giant Bird's Nest and more creations from the Winterthur Faeries.
2. Prison Camp, Fort Delaware
Walk around Pea Patch Island and take in the sights as they were over 150 years ago, when this Fort was a Confederate Prison! After you've walked the grounds, enter the Fort to truly step back in time.
3. Boundary Trail and Post Marked West, White Clay Creek State Park
White Clay Creek State Park features a few amazing trails, including the Boundary Trail and the Post Marked West side trail. These simple hikes will show off some of the most unusual history of Delaware! Did you know that the famous Mason-Dixon line survey team got their start right here, on these trails? The markers and monuments are hard to miss.
4. Hidden Pond Trail, Brandywine Creek State Park
The Hidden Pond trail begins when you walk through a rock wall into the Tulip Tree Woods. You'll cross a creek that flows to Hidden Pond. When you get there, take in the sight of the rushing water pouring into the pond. Continue under a beautiful forest canopy until you reach the nature center, where you can learn more about the wildlife you just encountered.
5. River View Trail, Fort DuPont
Fort DuPont State Park is one of the most interesting places in the state, because as you hike all around the park, you'll encounter abandoned gun batteries along the trail! They're private property, but they make for incredibly interesting photographs and a rare glimpse into our state's military history.
6. Walking Dune, Cape Henlopen State Park
Cape Henlopen State Park is a great place to try some beach hiking, and the Walking Dune trail will take you along the park's scenic trails and right up to an amazing overlook at the top of the Great Dune.
7. Bike Trail, Cape Henlopen State Park
The other interesting trail in Cape Henlopen State Park is the Bike Trail. Don't let its boring name fool you! This simple path takes you through pine forest and sandy trails before dropping you off at Fort Miles Historic Area, where you can explore and tour World War II towers and bunkers, and catch a great view of the entire Cape.
For more about the wonders of Cape Henlopen State Park, read up on
11 Fascinating Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Cape Henlopen State Park In Delaware and get yourself truly ready for your springtime adventures.