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Also known as the Creek Road Trail from its origin road in Delaware, the PennDel 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. The majority of the trail in Delaware features a gravel surface over level terrain, with occasional short paved stretches near road crossings. In Pennsylvania, the trail turns to a hiking-only dirt path north of the park office, so equestrians and cyclists should plan to adjust accordingly.
Most of the trail parallels White Clay Creek, with the Pomeroy Trail directly across on the eastern bank. At Hopkins Road, the other trail ends, but the PennDel continues north with the stream out of sight to the Pennsylvania state line. At the state line, the trail begins to follow an old railroad corridor along the banks of the creek, passing through Pennsylvania's White Clay Creek Preserve.
Near Wedgewood Road in Delaware, a bridge along the creek 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. In Pennsylvania, trail users can make a connection to the Charles Bailey Trail to extend their hike on that rail-trail along the creek's opposite bank.
In Delaware, parking for the PennDel Trail is available with the park entrance fee 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.
In Pennsylvania, free parking and restrooms are available at the White Clay Creek Preserve office at 405 Sharpless Road, and at a parking lot further north on Sharpless Road, as well as a lot at the trail's northern end on London Tract Road in Landenberg.
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