Delaware State Parks Celebrate National Trails Day on June 7

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DOVER, Del. – Many of Delaware’s State Parks will be hosting public programs to honor National Trails Day. With more than 150 miles of trails throughout the state, it is easy for anyone to find one that’s just perfect. Delaware’s relatively mild terrain makes walking, hiking and riding activities that everyone can do.  

Delaware State Parks offers equestrian trails, and many trails are paved – great for strollers and accessible for visitors of all abilities. Delaware State Parks also has trails that belong to the Greenways systems and the American Discovery Trail. 

National Trails Day is the perfect time for families to head to their favorite park and begin the Delaware State Parks Trail Challenge. Complete 15 trails in parks throughout the state in 12 months for an award. 

Established in 1993, National Trails Day has grown to include more than 3,000 events throughout the country. The celebration, held on the first Saturday in June each year, is designed to encourage exercise, to bring awareness to the hard work involved in creating and maintaining trails, and to introduce people to the joy of the outdoors.

Delaware State Parks invites the public to celebrate National Trails Day by choosing one of the following programs and discovering the many trails throughout Delaware.

Brandywine Creek State Park
Adams Dam Road, Wilmington
(302) 577-3534, Nature Center: (302) 655-5740

Annual River Clean-Up for National Trails Day
8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, June 7

The Friends of Brandywine Creek State Park host the annual clean up the Brandywine River by canoe. Last year, the group managed to remove almost two tons of trash from the Brandywine. Advance registration is required by calling (302) 655-5740. Registration deadline is June 2. Please be aware that shoes and clothes will get wet. This event is recommended for ages 12 and older. Participants aged 16 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Experience with canoeing is preferred. There is no fee for this program.

Cape Henlopen State Park
42 Cape Henlopen Drive, Lewes, DE 19958
(302) 645-8983, Seaside Nature Center: (302) 645-6852

National Trails Day
9 a.m. Saturday June 7

Join the Friends of Cape Henlopen as they take steps to maintain and improve the trails and park. Projects include clean up, minor construction projects, trail maintenance and more. This dedicated group of individuals makes every month “Trails Month.” For further details, please call the Volunteer Coordinator at (302) 644-5005.

Killens Pond State Park
5025 Killens Pond Road, Felton, DE 19943
(302) 284-4526

National Trails Day Hike
4 p.m. Saturday, June 7

Lace up your boots and come out to the park for our National Trails Day Hike. Delaware is filled with beautiful trails and we are going to take this opportunity to explore. Enjoy all the scenery and serenity the park has to offer. Meet at the Nature Center and be sure to bring water. 

Lums Pond State Park
1068 Howell School Road, Bear, DE 19701
(302) 368-6989, Whale Wallow Nature Center: (302) 836-1724

“Early Bird” Walks for Beginners
8 a.m. Saturday, June 7

Come and learn the basics of birding while you scope out the birds in the park. Pre-registration required, binoculars limited. Call (302)-836-1724 to register by the Friday before the scheduled walk. Meet at Nature Center

White Clay Creek State Park
425 Wedgewood Road, Newark, DE 19711
(302) 368-6900, Chambers House Nature Center: (302) 368-6560

Great Outdoor Weather is Back and So Are the Ticks!
1 p.m. Saturday, June 7

It’s National Trails Day, a time to get back on the trails and enjoy the outdoors. First, Dr. Ron Hamlen of the Lyme Disease Association of Southeastern discusses the risks and how to stay protected while outdoors.