Summer is here, and visitors to Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley are looking to spend some time in the great outdoors! From zip-lining to geocaching, we have a ton of great outdoor adventures for all ages and skill levels. Here are some top picks for those seeking an outdoor experience in Northern Delaware.


With hundreds of miles of trails, the Brandywine Valley can be hiked from end to end in almost any direction. In fact, I recently (almost) completed the Wilmington Trail Club's Brandywine End to End Hike. This 37 mile trek starts near Ludwig's Corner, PA, and ends at Brandywine Creek State Park. Hiking through the Brandywine Valley was breathtakingly beautiful, but you don't have to hike all 37 miles to experience it! The Wilmington trail club offers public hikes throughout the area and our wonderful state parks provide some great trails for hikers of all skill levels.


Delaware was recently named the 3rd best Bike Friendly State in the US by the League of American Bicyclists, so it's no surprise that it's one of our top outdoor activities. Not ready to register for next year's Wilmington Gran Fondo? Hook up with the White Clay Bicycle Club and tag along on one of their many rides on the beautiful and scenic roads of Northern Delaware and the Brandywine Valley.


Geocaching is an activity where participants use a GPS to find logbooks that are hidden throughout the trail. The geocacher enters the date they found the "cache" and their code name and returns it to the exact spot they found it. Along the Delaware Geocaching Trail, you can search for these caches using GPS technology while discovering the natural beauty of the First State.

Other Outdoor Activities:

Head to Lums Pond State Park and Sunset Stable for an hour long trail ride through the park, and once you're done - zip lining awaits! Go Ape! Treetop Adventure Course "allows outdoor adventurers to navigate through the park and even cross the water using Double Stirrups, Zigzag Trapeze, Flying Carpet, Canyon Crossing, two Tarzan swings or FIVE zip lines."

Check out all of our beautiful state parks for information on hiking, fishing, boating, birding, camping and a ton of other outdoor adventures for your trip!