James F. Hall Trail

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Trail Distance: 1.7 miles
Time Estimate: 20 Min+
Elevation Gain: 5 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Easy
Parking: Free
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: No
Description

The first thing you'll notice when stepping onto the James F. Hall Trail is the diverse landscape that follows along the path. You'll enjoy plenty of shade since the path is covered in large oak and maples trees, while the 8-foot wide asphalt trail winds through Pristine wetlands and offers views of two different streams from concrete bridges.

The trail is completely isolated, meaning you don't have to worry about crossing any streets, although it is a multi-use trail, and you'll need to watch out for cyclists and roller-bladers. Your pup might get excited to see them, so it's a good idea to keep them on a leash at all times on the trail. The best part is the fact that this is a 24-hour trail, and there are lights provided for safe nighttime travel. 

You might be surprised by the fact that there are no other features along the path, but this is made up by the fact that the trail passes through 3 different dog-friendly parks that provide plenty of other amenities. The trail begins in Phillips Park, which is an outdoor oasis of wooded space and open areas, with two playgrounds, water fountains, enclosed tennis courts, basketball courts, benches, trash bins, and picnic tables. Less then a mile away down the trail, you'll stumble upon the combined parks of Lewis Parks and Kells Park. Both offer recreational fields, more water fountains, restrooms, and a place to run around for Fido.

Besides the parks, the trail has multiple other entrances and exits, allowing you and Fido to get off and stop your walk early if you need to. With multiple entrances and different communities around the path, the trail can get pretty popular, but with shaded trees, an even path, and plenty of space to roam with Fido there's no way you and your pup won't love traveling to this trail.

Trail Features
Forest, Diverse Landscape, Easy Incline
Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
Although the trail is lighted at night, there are still dark spots along the trail. The trail hosts annual events along the trail, so on some days it can get very crowded and congested with runners. There are also parts of the trail without trees or shade, so be sure to bring some sunscreen!
Address
Phillips Park, Bradford Lane
Newark, DE 19711
Hours
Mon Open 24 Hours
Tue Open 24 Hours
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Address
Phillips Park, Bradford Lane
Newark, DE 19711
Hours
Mon Open 24 Hours
Tue Open 24 Hours
Wed Open 24 Hours
Thu Open 24 Hours
Fri Open 24 Hours
Sat Open 24 Hours
Sun Open 24 Hours