The Delaware Outdoor Trail system features a vast array of activities at over 40 statewide locations, stretching from the gently sloping hills in the region’s northern woodlands to the sun-kissed beaches and bays in the south.
In this article, we’ll show you some of the best outdoor activities and destinations to visit:
Before you start
Before you begin your adventure, make sure you download a Delaware Outdoor Trail passport by visiting this page. You can use this to keep track of codes found in various locations, which can be found on every destination’s Delaware Outdoor Trail sign. Once you complete five activities in each county, you get a chance to win a prize.
Hiking, walking and running
Whether you’re looking to enjoy a scenic journey across a breathtaking landscape or an adrenaline-pumping trail run to boost your cardio, there’s a trail perfect for whatever pace you prefer.
One of the best trails to head to is the one in Brandywine Creek State Park in Wilmington. The 1,100-acre park features miles of hiking and running trails meandering through sweeping woodlands and meadows. A good pair of hiking shoes or boots are recommended, as trails are a mix of rustic, rough, and paved.
Bikers can savor a relaxing and scenic journey on two wheels by cruising on some of the biking trails on the Delaware Outdoor Trail system. Delaware’s northern region is known for having hilly terrain which is excellent for bikers looking for a good workout, while those who’d like to enjoy a more relaxing bike ride can head downstate, where the biking paths are less demanding.
Take a look at this page to see a list of all the different parks and venues featuring biking paths.
Delaware’s sprawling coastal expanses, forested hills, tranquil river vistas, and enchanting wind-swept sand dunes make it a haven for a diverse array of wildlife.
Wildlife enthusiasts can choose from several locations – you’ll be able to visit world-class migratory bird sanctuaries, parks that feature state-of-the-art observation areas, and areas where you can go on your own wildlife viewing adventure from the comfort of your own vehicle.
One of the most impressive destinations for wildlife viewing is the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Smyrna. Spanning 16,000 acres, the refuge features a wide array of diverse habitats that serve as home to various types of reptiles, mammals, birds, amphibians, and insects.
Delaware is a great place for those who are into water activities, with its gently meandering rivers and creeks to its picture-perfect inland bays and coves. In southern Delaware, some of the best activities to enjoy are fishing, crabbing, and clamming. Those who are into paddle boarding, kayaking, and canoeing meanwhile, will be able to find plenty of locations to enjoy a relaxing day out on the waters.
Visit this page to see some of the best locations for water activities.
If you’d like more information on the Delaware Outdoor Trail, take a look at their official website here.