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Explore the best rated trails in Smyrna, DE. Whether you're looking for an easy walking trail or a bike trail like the Elephant Swamp Trail and Springlawn Trail . With more than 97 trails covering 388 miles you're bound to find a perfect trail for you. Click on any trail below to find trail descriptions, trail maps, photos, and reviews.
This was just completed in the last couple of years. A bit narrower than what I like to jog on, but this part goes all the way to the county line. The trees are set far back, which means this is in the sun most of the day. Would recommend going out early or late in the day. Have to cross a couple of roads with light traffic, and then Rt 83. Connects to the trail in Middle Township at the county line.
Actually a small network of multi-use trails, the Smyrna-Clayton Bike Path gives residents of both of these communities a great alternative to walking or biking along busy local roads.
The trail is comprised of two main branches, starting from Duck Creek Parkway on either side of the High School and Middle School campus. The northwest branch separates the high school from adjacent mini-storage facilities and a residential subdivision, while the northeast division follows a powerline that runs along a branch of Duck Creek and connects to the west side of Smyrna via a footbridge. Both branches of the trail wrap around the campus and converge just south of a small cow pasture. The trail continues southeast of here, crossing the creek on a footbridge and ending at the intersection of Routes 6 and 300.
In addition to giving local residents a chance to enjoy nature, the trail gives students at the high and middle schools a safe means to walk to and from school . Unfortunately, I noticed some minor deterioration on the footbridge northwest of the Route 6 and 300 intersection. People who are sensitive to loud noises should also be aware that the local fire company's emergency alert siren is just north of the junction between the northwest and northeast branches of the trail.
We ride this trail a few times a year. Its very straight, smooth and mostly flat. Just a few very slight inclines. From Rt. 47 you ride a good distance before there are any road crossings. After that there are a few but only one or two that have a lot of traffic. Most of the trail goes through mature woodlands that give a lot of shade. My only complaint is that there don't seem to be any public bathrooms on the trail or at the trailheads. Otherwise, this is an easy, pretty trail.
We just got back from a ride. Parked at the north end of the trail, and rode to the southern end and back. Took a detour through the new John F. Ford park, which was a nice surprise. Except for a few tree root speed bumps and some hickory nuts, the paved trail was in very good condition. More than half is shaded in the afternoon. Passed a few pedestrians, but had the trail mostly to ourselves. Not a trail to go speed riding, as there are frequent gates at road crossings.
The beginning of the trail was easy to find after parking in the alternate parking area since the main parking was closed. The recent storm made the trail somewhat muddy with one fallen tree blocking the way about 1/4 mile from the trailhead. The narrow path along the water's edge on one side, and corn field on the other was fine to bike on, but ended at just over a mile due to a small stream that needed to be crossed. Instead of trying to find an alternate way across, we just turned around and headed back to the parking lot.
Note that bikes, scooters and skates are not allowed on the Seawall. Walking trail only.
Wish they'd extend it somehow. It's a decent workout and somewhat nicer in the colder months since it dumps you into del Rec. Not as many walkers in the winter
We went from the skate park in Reading, off a side branch to the west of the Schuylkill, to Pottstown. Reading area was rough - poorly cared for pavement & overgrown. Below Reading to Pottstown was nice, mostly cinder surface. Good signage. Nice bathrooms at loop park about 5 mi above Pottstown; but tricky following the trail there - we ended up doing a 2 mi loop by accident.
I love this trail. It really offers diverse scenery and a mainly flat paved surface
This is a great trail for rehab or getting back in condition even on warm days well paved shady and breezy morning or evening
The section of the trail under Route 42 is closed for construction until mid-2024 The highway bridges will be replaced with fill. A box culvert will carry the trail underneath.
Also, Gloucester Township may be getting ready to extend the trail northward to the Blackwood border. The project was put out to bid early this year but no word on when construction will start.
Loved this trail ride. Stayed cool on a hot day with all the canopy of greenery. Started in the nature park at west trail head and travelled east to Royal Farms. So many changes in scenery along the way. Well marked which is always a bonus. Would definitely recommend!!
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