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Beaches, Trails, and Adventure at Delaware Parks

Embrace nature at idyllic forests, unspoiled marshlands, and white sand beaches. From wooded hills to coastal trails, adventurers will find an impressive number of inviting outdoor spaces to explore. Canoe, kayak, fish, hike, bike, swim, and surf in Delaware’s 16 state parks.

Spot wildflowers and wildlife at Brandywine Creek State Park, a nature preserve with 14 miles of trails. Play disc golf in the summer and go cross-country skiing in the winter. The freshwater wetlands of Trap Pond State Park provide a peaceful backdrop for kayaking and fishing. Hike through lush greenery and gurgling streams to scenic viewpoints at White Clay Creek State Park.

Swim and surf at Delaware Seashore State Park, a barrier island with the Atlantic Ocean on one side and two beautiful bays on the other. It’s also a great place for fishing and stand-up paddle boarding. You can fish from the pier into the ocean at Cape Henlopen State Park, just north of Dewey Beach. Follow horseshow crabs along the sand and climb to the top of the World War II Observation Tower at this oceanfront oasis. Enjoy excellent golfing in Dover and enchanting forests in Smyrna. Feel your spirits lift in Delaware’s Great Outdoors.

Brandywine Creek State Park

Established in 1965, the Brandywine Creek State Park is located near Wilmington, and contains the first two nature preserves in Delaware.

Visit this beautiful park to view the freshwater marsh, along with wildflowers and wildlife. The park's Tulip Tree Woods contains a 190-year-old tulip poplar stand.

Wear comfortable shoes for an enjoyable stroll along the 14 miles of trails in the park's 933 acres, while capturing pictures of the park's beauty. Visitors may fish, fly kites, go canoeing, play disc golf, enjoy picnics, go sledding, or even cross-country ski.

Cape Henlopen State Park

Set east of the historic town of Lewes, Cape Henlopen State Park is found where the Delaware Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean.

A stop along the Delaware's Coastal Heritage Greenway, the park is located just north of Dewey Beach on the coast of Delaware. The Cape Henlopen is open year round, with lifeguards on duty from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Park activities include hiking along the American Discovery Trail, fishing from the 24-hour pier, and playing basketball, softball, tennis, or disc golf.

Other activities include cycling, swimming, wildlife viewing of horseshoe crabs, visiting the Seaside Nature Center, and climbing to the top of the World War II Observation Tower.

Lums Pond State Park

Recreational enthusiasts in northern Delaware have a variety of opportunities for a great day outdoors. Lums Pond State Park encompasses 1,790 acres of land southwest of Bear, and surrounds the 200-acre Lums Pond – the largest freshwater pond in the state.

Launch your boat into the water from the boat ramp or rent a boat, for a fun day of cruising and fishing on Lums Pond. Wear comfortable shoes for walking along the Swamp Forest Trail, stretching 7.5 miles around the pond. The park also features more than 10 miles of multipurpose trails for horseback riding, snowmobiling, hiking, and bicycling.

Try a picnic lunch before starting a game of tennis, disc golf, basketball, or volleyball, and make your way to the Whale Wallow Nature Center to attend one of the programs.

White Clay Creek State Park

You're all set to find just the right kind of impressive and thrilling outdoor adventure in Delaware. Plan your next visit to the Small Wonder – or as some would call it, the First State – and head for the White Clay Creek State Park. Found in along the northern ridge of the state, White Clay Creek SP is a short drive from Bear.

Spread across more than 3,300 acres in northern Delaware, some of which crosses over into Pennsylvania, White Clay Creek State Park is a premier outdoor destination in the state. Explore the park and find more than 30 miles of nature and hiking trails, and don't miss a tour of the Judge Morris House.