- Nov 18th, 2015
A Guide To Delaware’s Parks & Trails
Even as the weather gets colder, there are still plenty of outdoor activities that can be fun for the whole family. If you’re searching for ways to get active and experience some of the best things to do in Delaware, take a look below:
The Delaware Outdoor Trail offers many different activities at 40 statewide locations. Some highlights include Lums Pond State Park in Bear featuring cross-country skiing and snowmobiling, or check out Bellevue State Park with its historic gardens and fishing pond.
There are plenty of outdoor trails for whatever way you want to get moving. Hike the Hidden Pond Trail, bike the Northern Delaware Greenway at Brandywine Creek State Park, or check out the Christina Riverwalk in Wilmington.
If you’re looking to do some bird watching, right outside Smyrna is the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge with over 302 species of birds stopping there during their migration periods. In Hockessin, you can visit the Ashland Nature Center, home to the Ashland Hawk Watch where every fall up to 20,000 hawks migrate past Hawk Watch Hill.
Maybe your family would enjoy a weekend of camping. If that’s the case, many of Delaware’s state parks offer year-round tent and cabin camping opportunities, including Lums Pond, Killens Pond, and Trap Pond State Parks.
If you’d just like to experience the picturesque scenery the Delaware outdoors has to offer, there are plenty of places throughout the state to view some fall foliage and fresh snowfall.
Fall sightseers need to check out the wooded country roads of “Chateau Country” in New Castle County. One of the best places to go is the Winterthur Museum – besides being a fantastic museum of American decorative arts, it also features a 60-acre garden with plenty of fall and winter sights for your viewing pleasure.
Another must-see stop in “Chateau Country” is this duPont family estate in Wilmington. Nemours Mansion and Gardens feature early 20th century architecture, fountains, and sculptures, with plenty of foliage and wooded areas surrounding the property for picture-perfect views.
Experience the beauty of fall in Delaware in the beautiful botanical gardens of the Mt. Cuba Center. They have guided garden tours and a photography stroll, plus the opportunity to learn about native plants and fauna at this horticultural center.