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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 and the Brandywine Creek Path, 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 workout of a 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.
The mile markers along the trail start from the east in Fox Point State Park, where the first two miles of trail are currently separated from the remaining path by the interstate highway. While a connection is planned, for now trail users will have to make a separate trip out to Fox Point if they want to check out the scenic river views on that stretch of trail.
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 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). Please note that there is a state park vehicle entrance fee.
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