Pomeroy and Newark Rail Trail

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Trail Distance: 4.2 miles
Time Estimate: 1 hr 40 min+
Elevation Gain: 47 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Easy
Parking: $6
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: Yes
Description

Newark in Delaware is a major city for the state, and plenty of people don't realize there's so much natural space to enjoy. One of the best trails to show the urban and natural sides of the city is the Pomeroy and Newark Rail Trail, thanks to its extensive path through neighborhoods, forests, and along a river. The trail is a 10-foot wide path made from asphalt and crushed stone, and although long, the path is pretty and doesn't have that much in elevation gain.

The trail starts in the lovely area of the White Clay Creek State Park, where preserved forests provide residents with a beautiful outdoor area to explore. Hikers will have to park at the trailhead in the state park's nature center, where there are picnic tables, water fountains, and restrooms. When you enter the trail, remember to keep Fido on a leash at all times and bring some clean-up bags. The trail has been converted from the old Pomroy Railroad which was abandoned in 1939. After ten years in the making, the trail was opened in 2012 and servers upwards to a million people that live within 20 miles of the trail. 

After exiting the state park, the trail takes on a more urban setting, offering plenty of trees and views of the surrounding communities and shopping centers. The trail has lights along the path, for 24-hours use. Although it is open year round, the best time to attend is during the spring and summer to see gorgeous flowers and some cute wildlife!

No doubt you and Fido will enjoy the path, if not for the fact it has nighttime lights and restrooms, but for the fact that its quiet surroundings create a peaceful place to hike with your best friend.

Trail Features
Forest, Easy Incline, River
Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
The best time to hike is during the spring and summer since the cold winter months can bring plenty of snow and make it hard to hike. The lights that follow the trail are only along the southern portion of the path, making it harder to hike at night when hiking in the state park. Since the trail is also by a river, be sure to bring plenty of bug spray due to flies and mosquitos!
Address
White Clay Creek State Park, Hopkins Rd
Newark, DE 19711
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Address
White Clay Creek State Park, Hopkins Rd
Newark, DE 19711
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