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I did my first review in Nov 2013 and the signage was poor at best and now it is June 2017 and not much has changed. I have had a number of talks with DFW Delaware Fish & Wildlife and nothing has changed. Any time you call them they will just tell you there is no MONEY, I think it is a management issue. Today I did this great trail end to end round trip and it was a great day on this trail on a great day. There are no street crossings, a great surface, Park Benches, only three small hills and three great trail heads. The trail is listed in Trail Link as being 9.2 miles but is 12.05 miles and then the Maryland end is 1.8 for a total of 13.85 miles. I am sure that if this trail was managed by Delaware Stare Parks it would be a lot nicer trail. In closing the signage issue is a very big issue , mile markers and a few signs would be a great improvement.
After parking in Cape May, we ferried our bikes to Lewes and rode to Rehobeth Beach through Cape Henlopen State Park. Almost half of this very pleasant, 7.4-mile ride was on the Gordon Pond Trail. The packed-cinder trail was no issue for my 28 mm tires and the ride was smooth and incredibly scenic. We rode on a beautiful Sunday mid-morning of Memorial Day weekend and for most of the southbound trip it was like riding on I-95 in terms of traffic - never seen anything like it. I've been in bike-a-thons that were less crowded. That said, the packed trail did not detract from one of the better biking experiences I've had. Highly recommended - though you may want to choose your times with care.
The trail information was kind of confusing for us. It took us a little bit to find the trail. We would suggest parking by the zoo and you can follow the green signs on the right to the trail.
There were very challenging hills and this will take you a few hours to do on a mountain bike. I would suggest having clip on pedals for your bike. We road our mountain bikes but a road bike is another option.
We are advanced riders and we thought this was very challenging! 7.5/10
Gravel portion of trail dips beneath Summit Bridge (RT 301) and allows a fairly deep pool of tidal overflow from canal. Whether it was from tidal effect or recent rains, it was deep enough (~12")not to be able to ride thru--about 20 yards long and no way to circumvent. Didn't want to barefoot it, so turned back. Disappointed. Also, concur with other comments about strong winds--canal must generate intensification of surrounding winds--wasn't nearly as bad in parking lot.
We rode though, enjoyed sand dunes, views. Serenity.
Yesterday was the 1st time we rode the trail. We parked in Middletown and rode to Chesapeake City. There's a short section that is not paved but, not a problem. There was a couple of steep hills which we walked the bikes up. Today we parked at St. Georges Bridge and rode to Delaware City. Easy ride but, the wind coming back was brutal. Made it quite difficult. In spite of the wind, we really enjoyed our 2 day ride along the C & D Canal. Looking forward to riding it again.
My wife and I rode the trail Sunday starting in Chesapeake City. There are a couple of sections between Chesapeake City Md. and St. Georges De. that have fairly steep down hill grades that go into a sharp turn at the bottom of the hill. We noticed several young family's with small children riding the trail, which is great, but just wanted to give a heads up parents with small children to walk the bikes down the hill.
With the wonderful unexpected February warmth, we decided to pull out the bikes from their winter hibernation. The Mike Castle Trail did not disappoint! This was a great way to work out some winter kinks! We started out at the Rt 9 Bridge area, parking area just in from the Marina. The trip to Delaware City had a surprise ending! Great job on highlighting the area history in the area at the little cemetery! My only suggestion would be to add a few mile markers. The benches were the perfect place to take a break with the snacks we had brought! Looking forward to coming back again when the weather cooperates!
I parked at the trailhead in Chesapeake City and rode to Delaware City. The round trip mileage was 29.4 miles. It was midweek; except for a few walkers and joggers near both ends it was barely used. I went 10 miles going and coming and didn't see anyone. The trail lacks mile markers and some direction signs would help especially near Summit Bridge. I rode to a dead end and realized I had missed the turn. There are plenty of benches and only one cross street. The views were awesome. I wish I had seen some ships. Kudos to the state for a great job, the surface was smooth with a few minor grades. I did see a car parked on the trail with lights on. I asked the driver if he saw the signs saying "no vehicles": I did not hear his response. Probably could not include it here anyway! First time user-will return.
Very sandy trail 4.5 miles
I decided to test this trail out recently during the month of November. The scenery was absolutely beautiful, and you have plenty of opportunities to stop and check out some points of interest such as the Blue Ball Barn, the Carriage House, Rockwood Museum, and other attractions at Alapocas and Bellevue. You could really make an entire day trip out of this whole experience.
I parked at the parking lot for the Brandywine Zoo. If you are facing the zoo, the trail begins to the left of it along the tree line.
The trail was decently marked with signage.
However, I'm from southern Delaware. Everything is FLAT down this way so I am not conditioned for biking hills. If you are used to riding on flat terrain like me, be advised, this trail is FULL of hills. I had to hop off my bike and walk up many of them. It was extremely challenging for me at times. All in all; however, it was an excellent workout.
I highly recommend this trail, but please be aware that it's no walk in the park!
We are newly retired and new to the sport of biking. We were looking for a trail where we could slowly build up distance without too many challenging hills. The Mike Castle Trail, connecting to the Ben Carden Trail is perfect! These connecting trails have the added benefit of having Delaware City and Chesapeake City restaurants at either end. We enter the trail at mid-points and bike 5 miles to either end of the trail, have lunch, then bike 5 miles back. This gives us a lovely day out balanced with food and exercise. Multiple entry points give us the opportunity to increase that distance. Two of those parking areas have restrooms. Mid-week, the trail is not at all busy. Riding along the canal watching scenery, boats and wildlife is just beautiful. The trail is paved asphalt with the exception of a one-mile stretch of sand and gravel that, even for two newbies, was no problem on our hybrid bikes. My only comment would be that the parking areas could be better signed. It took a bit of searching to find the two we have used so far.
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