If you are lucky enough to live in Delaware or get to visit, make sure to pack up your pup and head to the Northern Delaware Greenway Trail in the city of Wilmington. This hiking trail is the perfect place to spend some time with your fur-ever friend in the great outdoors. Some segments are part of the larger East Coast Greenway which is being built to run up and down the East Coast corridor.
There are three trailheads to this 7.22-mile trail where you can jump on and begin your exploration in Wilmington. Each trailhead is in a state park in a different part of the city. If you are in the downtown area of Wilmington, begin in Brandywine Park. Alapocas Run State Park will be your trail connection in the northern part of the city, and the trailhead in the eastern section is Bellevue State Park. Overall, this trail extends 10 miles into the outskirts of the Wilmington.
Once you get started, you will be amazed at the ground you will cover and what you will see. The Blue Ball Barn is an old dairy building which now houses folk art, the historic estate of Bellevue Hall and its neighbor, Rockwood Mansion. You will pass by the Brandywine River and Zoo where the views change to rock walls and waterfalls.
This paved path is wheelchair accessible and perfect for any skill level pup. The only consideration here is the Alapocas Woods portion of the trail does have some short, steep sections. Be sure to keep your pawtastic pup on leash throughout. This is a multi-use trail with joggers and bicyclists, so share the road appropriately! Also, be sure to bring clean up mitts to keep this path pup-friendly.
Make the Northern Delaware Greenway Trail in Wilmington your hiking destination today!
The trail is well-used by city commuters during the work week. For a quieter walk, head there on the weekends.