Hiking Trails in Wilmington &
the Brandywine Valley

The Greater Wilmington area has hiking trails for all skill levels, including many trails that connect to both Delaware's history and the history of our Nation.

Popular Trails in Greater Wilmington

Northern Delaware Greenway
The Northern Delaware Greenway is part of the larger East Coast Greenway that stretches from Maine to Florida, this 3,000-mile-long walking and biking route passes through several points in Greater Wilmington including Riverwalk Wilmington, Historic New Castle, and Newark, Delaware.

Tri-State Marker Trail
Located within White Clay Creek State Park, this 4-mile loop upland hike begins in Delaware and takes you into Pennsylvania where you will cross several bridges throughout the mature woodlands with beautiful ravines. On route visit the stone marking the location surveyed by Mason and Dixon back to 1764-1769. Here you can stand in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Maryland at the same time.

Brandywine Trail
This shared-use trail is a segment of the Northern Delaware Greenway, which traverses several state and county parks in northern New Castle County. In Brandywine Creek State Park, the trail is wide on a gentle grade with a crushed stone surface. Catch glimpses of the Brandywine River and view unique geologic features. Experience Piedmont wooded landscapes, spring wildflowers, and wildlife. The trail passes under Thompsons Bridge Road and continues north eventually onto lands owned by the National Park Service's First State National Historic Park.

Michael N. Castle Trail/Ben Cardin Recreational Trail
The Castle Trail is 14-mile shared-use paved trail that connects Delaware City, DE with Chesapeake City, MD. This trail extends through almost 5,000 acres of the C&D Canal Conservation Area, along the north bank of the C&D Canal.

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Revolutionary Hiking Trails in
Wilmington & the Brandywine Valley

Follow in the footsteps of Generals Washington and Howe to explore the region’s Revolutionary War History.

Use this informative map as a starting point to hike, bike or drive the routes taken by American and British troops in 1777, preceding the winter encampment at Valley Forge and the British occupation of Philadelphia.

The map’s route will lead you across 330 miles of regional multi-use trails and greenways, including the 3,000-mile-long East Coast Greenway and the 195-mile Mason-Dixon Trail. More than 25 popular parks and preserves that offer local trails are also included.

W3R Brochure ImageWashington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Trail

The Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route comprises over 680 miles of land and water trails, and hundreds of historical sites from Massachusetts to Virginia. We invite you to explore a small portion of the trail as it passes through northern Delaware, including the Hale-Brynes House. This historic site was once used by General Washington for a war council meeting to discuss the defense of Philadelphia in September 1777. 

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