Creek Road Trail

Delaware

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Creek Road Trail Facts

States: Delaware
Counties: New Castle
Length: 2.3 miles
Trail end points: Pomeroy and Newark Rail Trail (Newark) and north of Chambers Rock Rd. (Pennsylvania state line)
Trail surfaces: Dirt, Gravel
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6015483
Trail activities: Mountain Biking, Walking

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Creek Road Trail Description

The Creek Road Trail extends north from a connection with the Pomeroy and Newark Rail Trail in White Clay Creek State Park. The scenic park features over 37 miles of hiking trails through wooded valleys just north of Newark, home to the University of Delaware.

Most of the trail parallels White Clay Creek, with the rail-trail directly across on the eastern bank. At Hopkins Road, the other trail ends, but the Creek Road Trail continues north with the stream out of sight to the Pennsylvania state line. Connecting trails head even farther north from the border into Pennsylvania's White Clay Creek Preserve.

Near Wedgewood Road, a bridge along the Creek Road Trail provides lovely water views and a connection to the Pomeroy and Newark Rail Trail. Trail users can continue south on that trail to trek all the way to the university and downtown Newark.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking for the Creek Road Trail is available at the White Clay Creek State Park Nature Center off Hopkins Road (to the north). Additional parking can be found farther south along Wedgewood Road near the trail bridge over White Clay Creek.

Creek Road Trail Reviews

We rode our recumbent bikes from South Bank Road near the Old London Tract Church (in PA) south through White Clay Creek park then on to the Pomeroy and Newark trail and finally the James F. Hall trail. There were a few rough sections and a couple of short steep hills but it was a fun ride. The trail has many signs where trails intersect the Creek Road Trail. We did notice that the "Creek Road Trail" is not listed on the signs. An adult with a group of school children helped us to find our way at the newer bridge that crosses the creek. By connecting to the other 2 trails we were able to turn the ride into a 15 mile adventure, still kinda short but pleasant.

I have done this trail as it is close to home for me. The State of Delaware has done a great job on this trail over the last year. One thing the trail goes just over a mile into PA and comes out at the White Clay Pa Park office at Shapless Rd. Landenbeg Pa. so the trail is 3.3 mile and is a great ride with just one street crossing.

The Tri-Valley Trail is the northernmost, and most remote, of the three rail trails that have been constructed in the Newark area. Situated entirely within the boundaries of the White Clay Creek State Park in the state's northwest corner, the trail begins on Hopkins Road, almost directly opposite the entrance to the nature center. It follows an abandoned road south along the west bank of the creek for about a mile, then abruptly turns east, across a large, impressive footbridge that spans the creek. Once on the east bank, it merges with the Pomeroy Trail, a new rail trail that extends south to the outskirts of Newark and will continue through the city to connect to the James F. Hall Trail in the very near future. At this junction, the Tri-Valley Trail turns back north and forms a concurrency with the Pomeroy Trail, both following the grade of the old Pomeroy Railroad through forests and wetlands to rejoin Hopkins Road just east of where it began. The only caveats are that the surface is rougher in some locations than the other area rail trails, making it best suited for hiking or mountain biking, but not for road biking or pushing strollers. Although crossings on Hopkins Road are well-marked, the shoulders of the road are narrow and traffic often speeds down the surrounding hills, complicating access to the trail for users who park at the nature center.

Accordion

This is a great place to Mt bike, there are a lot of trails that all connect to each other. The Delaware Trail Spinners do a great job of keeping these trails in great shape. White Clay Creek State Park has a map that shows all the loops and trails. There is some great biking here, lots of single track.

Jon Osborn

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