First State, First Day, First Hike


Join Delaware State Parks in celebrating the first day of the New Year with a refreshing hike in the park. Parks statewide will host a First State, First Day, First Hike program to celebrate the national movement sponsored by America’s State Parks to have all 50 states offer First Day Hikes. Join us in celebrating America’s State Parks and your Delaware State Parks!

Alapocas Run State Park

Time: 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Meet at the Blue Ball Barn
Degree of Difficulty: Easy
Minimum recommended age for kids: None
Restrictions: None
Length of Trail: 1 mile
Things to Bring: Water; dress for the weather
Call for pre-registration and directions: (302) 577-7020

Start the New Year with an invigorating one-mile hike. Bring your camera as we explore the winter landscape. Dress for the weather (layers of clothing, winter shoes, hats and gloves) and bring drinking water. After the hike, come back to the Blue Ball Barn for cocoa and cookies. Pre-register by December 27. In the case of inclement weather, call (302) 222-7436 for any possible cancellations. Free

Bellevue State Park

Time: 1 - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Meet at the Arts Center
Degree of Difficulty: Easy
Minimum recommended age for kids: None
Restrictions: None
Length of Trail: 2-3 miles
Things to Bring: Water; dress for the weather

Kick off the year and have some fun getting exercise in nature.  We’ll walk for about an hour and visit many special places throughout the park.  This hike is for all ages and is stroller friendly.  No cost or pre-registration

Brandywine Creek State Park

Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Nature Center
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate
Minimum recommended age for kids: 4
Restrictions: None
Length of Trail: 1-1.5 miles
Things to Bring: Water; dress for the weather
Call for pre-registration and directions: (302) 655-5740

Start off the year "resolving" to have more fun in the park! Join us for an invigorating hike through the woods and meadows. We’ll keep an eye out for other critters enjoying the day along with us. Free

Cape Henlopen State Park

Time: 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Seaside Nature Center
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate
Minimum recommended age for kids: 7
Restrictions: No dogs
Length of Trail: 1.6 miles
Things to Bring:
Water; dress for the weather
Call for pre-registration and directions: (302) 645-6852

What’s the point?  This annual hike to the northeast tip of the park is a great way to start the New Year! For ages 7 and up with an adult.  Pre-registration recommended. Free

Delaware Seashore State Park

Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Fresh Pond Tract
Degree of Difficulty: Easy
Minimum recommended age for kids: 5
Restrictions: None
Length of Trail: 3.4
Things to Bring: Water; dress for the weather
Call for pre-registration and directions: (302) 227-6991

Start the New Year off right with a guided hike of the Fresh Pond Tract. Pre-registration is not required.  Call for more information and directions to the trailhead.  Free

Killens Pond State Park

Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Killens Pond Nature Center
Degree of Difficulty: Easy
Minimum recommended age for kids: 6
Restrictions: None
Length of Trail: 2 miles
Things to Bring: Water; dress for the weather
Call for pre-registration and directions: (302) 284-4299

Meet at the Nature Center for a beautiful hike on the first day of the New Year!

Trap Pond State Park

Time: 10 a.m. - Noon
Location: Meet at the camp store
Degree of Difficulty: Easy
Minimum recommended age for kids: None
Restrictions: None
Length of Trail: 3 miles
Things to Bring: Water; dress for the weather
Call for information: Baldcypress Nature Center (302) 875-5163

Take your first hike of the year in the First State’s first park! This year’s hike will be about 3 miles and includes sections of Loblolly and old Boundary Trail.  Bring your friends and family! Free

White Clay Creek State Park

Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Carpenter Recreation Area (880 New London Road, Newark DE 19711)
Degree of Difficulty: one easy hike, one moderate hike
Minimum recommended age for kids: All ages
Restrictions: None
Length of Trail: 2 hikes-  one shorter (1.5 miles) and one longer (4 miles)
Things to Bring: Water; snack; dress for the weather
Call for pre-registration and directions: (302) 368-6900
Cancellation Information: (302) 368-6560 (if inclement weather occurs)

Start your New Year off right with a refreshing and invigorating hike in the White Clay Valley! Free