Delaware March 30, 2018
11 Easy And Beautiful Spring Hikes Everyone In Delaware Will Love
Are you looking for the best spring hikes in Delaware? Luckily, the state has plenty of options for you! Whether you’d like a legitimate hike through a sprawling state forest, or a simple and peaceful walk through fields of wildflowers, there’s something in Delaware for everyone. Check out these spring hikes in Delaware to choose the adventure that best suits you!
1. Indian Springs, Brandywine Creek State Park
Indian Springs is a 1.8 mile trail that begins at the park's Nature Center. Walk through the Tulip Tree Woods and check out the wide open fields beyond the historic stone ledges. You'll see the beautiful Brandywine River on your way through the park.
2. Walking Dunes, Cape Henlopen State Park
The Walking Dunes trail is a 1.6 mile trail that starts right at Herring Point. You'll see uplands, tidal marsh, and eventually, the Great Dune. This is an easy hike and in the spring, you'll see blooming Pink Lady's Slipper and Beach Heather flowers. Anyone looking for birds will absolutely adore this trail.
3. Wildflower Trails, Mt. Cuba Center
Mt. Cuba Center comes alive in the springtime, when native wildflowers take over the entire property. the beautiful blooms create one of the most breathtaking sights in the state, and this enormous garden is the perfect place for a quick hike and picnic.
4. Auburn Heights Trail, Auburn Heights Preserve
The paved, 1.3 mile Auburn Heights Trail is a shared use trail where you might even see a steam car! It's one of the only places in Delaware that's open to these historic vehicles. Even if you don't spot a steam car, you'll see beautiful views of Red Clay Creek and the Auburn Valley.
5. Azalea Woods, Winterthur
The end of March and early April is the best time to hike the gardens at Winterthur. The Azalea Woods, in particular, are beautiful! The woods were H.F. DuPont's greatest masterpiece, and you will not believe how bright and colorful the fields and paths can be.
6. Ashland Nature Center
The Ashland Nature Center is the perfect mini-hike for families with young kids. Walk around the pretty grounds and visit their butterfly house for an experience that everyone will find fascinating!
7. River View Trail, Fort DuPont
The River View trail is just over one mile long, and you'll get to see the old, abandoned gun batteries left over from past wars. The vistas of the bay and tidal marshes make these a great spot to relax on a hot spring day.
8. Cypress Point, Trap Pond State Park
The one-mile Cypress Point trail is an easy hike that will show off the pretty forest along Trap Pond, but the real draw here is the famous Bald Cypress tree! You'll see many of them as you walk into the park's wetlands.
9. Assawoman Bay State Wildlife Area
Assawoman Bay State Wildlife Area offers plenty of short spurs and trails that take you to scenic, panoramic views of the beautiful bay. This is a great place to hike for nature lovers, because you'll spot plenty of wildlife and rare birds. Check out the view across the bay from Sassafras Landing.
10. Boundary Line, White Clay Creek
On the Boundary Line trail, you can hike through Pennsylvania and Maryland, as well as Delaware. Look for the Mason-Dixon line markers and stones to see where the state lines are set.
11. Bryan's Field, White Clay Creek State Park
The two mile loop trail around Bryan's Field passes through towering forests and through sprawling meadows. You'll find a small side trail, the "Post Mark Trail," where you can see the very first stone from the Mason-Dixon line.
If you really love the sight of spring in Delaware, don’t miss Mt. Cuba’s Wildflower Celebration, at the end of April! Read more about it right here:
This Jaw-Dropping Wildflower Celebration Is The Best Spring Festival In Delaware.