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The trail begins in Battery Park and extends 1.5 miles along the Delaware River. The popular Battery Park is a draw for residents and visitors alike; the park gets its name from the cannons once situated there to protect the city from coastal invasion. Another remnant of New Castle's history, this time from the 19th Century, is the nondescript white railroad ticket office, which was first constructed to serve the short-lived New Castle and Frenchtown Railroad and then restored in the 1950s.
On the park's green, visitors can claim a bench, a picnic table or a spot on the grass with friends to enjoy the sights and sounds of the river. The paved hike-and-bike path begins on the edge of the green and heads southwest, on a levee sandwiched between reedy marsh and the river. The Gambacota Marsh Dike was constructed to carry a singletrack railroad that led from the park's current location to the Tasker Iron Works plant, which no longer exists. The trail continues past Dobbinsvile Park and Deemers Beach then crosses Army Creek onto another dike before dead-ending. The entire trip is about 3 miles out-and-back, but if you are interested in extending your run or ride, try the Jack A. Markell Trail, a rail-trail that leads north to Wilmington through scenic wetlands.
Battery Park is located at 1 Delaware St, New Castle. There is also another parking area further down the trail on Deemer's Beach off 7th Street.
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