Northern Delaware Greenway Trail

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The Northern Delaware Greenway Trail spans 10 miles of northern New Castle County from Bellevue State Park on the Delaware River to Brandywine Creek in Wilmington, Delaware’s largest city. The surface varies along the way from asphalt to crushed stone. At its western end, the urban trail connects with Wilmington’s waterfront path system, combining to link residential communities, schools, businesses, parks and cultural sites.

Much of the trail is filled with rolling curves and short drops, so leave the in-line skates at home and instead enjoy a nice stroll or a fun bike ride with family and friends. The segment adjacent to Park Drive in Wilmington was built on a former rail corridor, offering a more level surface for a change.

In northern Wilmington, a particularly scenic stretch runs through Alapocas Run State Park, where visitors can check out the Blue Ball Barn. The converted dairy barn is now home to the Delaware Folk Art Collection featuring works from more than 50 local artists. Two hiking trails provide additional opportunities to explore the wooded park on foot.

Like many urban trails, the Northern Delaware Greenway Trail is well-used by commuters during the workweek. Parts of the trail are also concurrent with segments of the East Coast Greenway, an in-progress effort to create a multi-use trail system from Maine to Florida.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking for the Northern Delaware Greenway Trail can be found at the three state parks along its route: Brandywine Park in downtown Wilmington, Alapocas Run State Park in northern Wilmington and Bellevue State Park in eastern Wilmington (near Bellefonte).

Reviews

The Best Trail in Delaware

   August, 2014 by newarkbikeprojectworker

Vehicle parking is clearly marked (and in all but one area at Bellevue, completely free,) and trail access is very easy to find. The trail is mapped, and the "main" path is marked at each intersection with blue arrows painted onto the path, indicating ...read more

Delightful walk or ride in the woods

   October, 2013 by moviemarkde

I've lived in Delaware for seven years, and still marvel at the state's commitment to open space. Exhibit A: the Northern Delaware Greenway. This mostly off-road, mostly paved trail goes for miles in suburban Wilmington and into the city itself, connecting ...read more

   August, 2012 by kdurkin

Trail is great for the family towards the east and pretty hilly down past 202. Bellevue State Park to Rockwood Museum Section: Great trail for the family if you start at Bellevue SP ($6 out of state fee is well worth it.) I take my 10 & 6 year old here ...read more