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A gorgeous addition to the area's trail network, Wilmington's Riverwalk trail (sometimes called the Christina River Walk) allows pedestrians and cyclists to experience the city's renovated urban development along the banks of the Christina River - and for those looking for a more natural experience, the trail's southern end offers a breathtaking boardwalk section leading into the Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge. A statue of the marshy refuge's namesake, a former Delaware governor and prominent environmentalist, greets trail users at the beginning of the boardwalk section, which leads to the impressive DuPont Environmental Education Center - featuring a visitor center that serves as an essential stop for those interested in learning about the area's ecosystem and biodiversity.
At the Education Center, the trail continues on to the west via the Jack A. Markell Trail, starting with another incredible boardwalk section built to allow trail users to explore the preserved wetlands with minimal disruption to the environment. That trail continues all the way into New Castle, which allows for a largely flat, seamless and scenic journey between the two cities.
With ample benches and numerous trail amenities, beautiful native trees and flowers, and lovely views of the adjacent river, the Riverwalk offers great outdoor recreation opportunities for residents and visitors alike.
Parking is available at the education center at the junction with the Jack A. Markell Trail, located at 1400 Delmarva Lane in Wilmington. To reach the lot, head south from Wilmington on Shipyard Drive and continue until the road's end.
Paid and time-limited parking is also available at the northern end of the trail next to Tubman Garrett Riverfront Park on Rosa Parks Drive. The Amtrak and Septa train station that serves Wilmington is also located just north of the park, with easy access to the trail.
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