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Spanning 5.5 miles, the Jack A. Markell Trail, named after a former Delaware governor, connects the Wilmington riverfront with New Castle. The paved pathway was formerly known as the Industrial Track Greenway Trail after the old freight line on which the rail-trail is now built.
Highlights of the route include overlooks of the Christina River in downtown Wilmington, several scenic bridges, and a 2,300-foot boardwalk elevated over the marsh of the Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge. The trail ends just north of Battery Park on the Delaware River in New Castle, utilizing a brief on-street segment on South Street to reach the park. At the south end of Battery Park, another multi-use trail follows the Delaware River toward Delaware City, sitting right on the riverbank.
In Wilmington, the trail meets up with the Wilmington Riverwalk trail, allowing trail users to continue their journey into the city along the lovely banks of the Christina River. At the trail junction, the Delaware Nature Society operates an educational visitor center that allows interested parties to learn about the vibrant ecosystem in the adjacent wetlands.
The trail is not only an important local connector, but is also part of the nationally significant East Coast Greenway, which will one day connect trails from Maine to Florida.
At the northern end of the trail in Wilmington, parking and restrooms are available at the Russell Peterson Wildlife Refuge (1400 Delmarva Lane).
At the southern end of the trail in New Castle, parking is available off Delaware St./Route 273 adjacent to New Castle Elementary School, and in Battery Park (1 Delaware St.), which lies just southeast of the trail on the Delaware River shoreline. From Battery Park, head north on what was known as the Heritage Trail until Delaware St., then continue north on Jack A. Markell Trail.
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