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/WILMINGTON STATE PARKS

Trail: Northern Delaware Greenway Trail and the trails surrounding Alapocas
Time:
10 a.m. - Noon
Meeting Location: Blue Ball Barn at Alapocas Run State Park
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate
Minimum Age for Children: None; not stroller friendly
Restrictions: None
Length of Hike: 3.5 miles
Things to Bring: Dress for the weather (layers of clothing, winter shoes, hats and gloves) and bring drinking water and snacks
Cancellation Information: Park Office: (302) 577-7020 or Naturalist Phone: (302) 222-7436

Start the New Year outside! Join park naturalists for a two hour recreational hike along the Northern Delaware Greenway trail as well as the unpaved trails in Alapocas Run State Park. Please 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 some hot drinks. Pre-registration required by noon on Wednesday, December 30, 2015. In the event of inclement weather, please call 302-222-7436 on January 1st for any possible cancellations.

AUBURN HEIGHTS PRESERVE

Name of Trail: Auburn Valley
Time of Event: 2 p.m.
Meeting Location: Auburn Valley Trail parking lot, located off Benge Road on Farm Lane
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate
Minimum Age for Children: None
Restrictions: Pets must be on leash
Length of Hike: Approximately 1 mile
Cancellation Info: (302) 256-6321

Start off the New Year right with a refreshing hike on one of the trails at Auburn Heights Preserve. We will either hike the Trolley Trail or the Auburn Valley Trail loop depending on weather conditions and the preference of the participants. Learn more about the area and what new trails are being built at Auburn Heights.

BELLEVUE STATE PARK

Name of Trail: Delaware Greenway Trail
Time of Event: 1 p.m.
Meeting Location: Bellevue Arts Center
Degree of Difficulty: Easy
Minimum Age for Children: N/A
Restrictions: None
Length of Hike: 1.5 miles
Things to bring: Please dress for the weather
Cancellation Information: Park Number: (302) 761-6963

We’ll pick a trail based on the group and walk for about an hour and visit many special places throughout the park. This hike is for all ages and is stroller friendly.

BRANDYWINE CREEK STATE PARK

Name of Trail: Hidden Pond/Indian Springs
Time of Event: January 1, 1 p.m.
Meeting Location: Nature Center
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate
Minimum Age for Children: N/A; Must be accompanied by an adult
Restrictions: None
Length of Hike: Approximately 2-2.5 miles
Things to bring: Water, snacks, warm clothes, binoculars
Cancellation Information: (302) 655-5740

You will see birds, meadows, nature preserve, Brandywine River/Creek, etc.

Name of Trail: Hidden Pond/Indian Springs
Time of Event: January 2, 1 p.m.
Meeting Location: Nature Center
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate
Minimum Age for Children: N/A; Must be accompanied by an adult
Restrictions: None
Length of Hike: Approximately 2-2.5 miles
Things to bring: Water, snacks, warm clothes, binoculars
Cancellation Information: (302) 655-5740

This is a Second Day Hike! You will see birds, meadows, nature preserve, Brandywine River/Creek, etc.

BRANDYWINE ZOO

Name of Trail: First Day Hike at the Brandywine Zoo
Time of Event: 10 a.m.
Meeting Location: Zoo front gates
Degree of Difficulty: Easy
Minimum Age for Children: None
Restrictions: No pets
Length of Hike: Under 1 mile
Things to bring: Please dress for the weather
Cancellation Information: (302) 571-7850 ext. 7 or Zoo website or Facebook

Join us for a stroll through the zoo to learn about how we care for our resident animals during the winter. Program meets at the front gates. May be cancelled due to inclement weather or icy conditions.

CAPE HENLOPEN STATE PARK

Name of Trail: The Point
Time of Event: 11 a.m.
Meeting Location: Seaside Nature Center
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate
Minimum Age for Children: 7 years old with an adult
Restrictions: No pets permitted
Length of Hike: 1.8 miles
Things to bring: Water, Snacks, Hat, Sunglasses, dress in layers, wear comfortable walking/hiking shoes
Cancellation Information: (302) 645-6852

Hike “The Point” and experience where the Delaware River meets the Atlantic Ocean. Potential sightings of seals and winter water fowl as we hike, beach comb and discover how wind, waves and people have shaped the point. Be prepared for walking in loose sand and possibly cold, windy weather.

DELAWARE SEASHORE STATE PARK

Name of Trail: Indian River Inlet Bridge and Coin Beach
Time of Event: 1 p.m.
Meeting Location: South Inlet Day Area
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate
Minimum Age for Children: Recommended minimum age is 6
Restrictions: None
Length of Hike: 1.5 miles
Things to bring: Dress for the weather! It can be very cold and windy on the bridge.
Cancellation Information: Updates will be on our Facebook page

Brief intro about the history of the inlet and the bridge and where we get the term "coin beach". We will look for various birds and marine life (i.e. seals!) along the way.

FIRST STATE HERITAGE PARK

Name of Trail: Stories of The Green walking tour
Time of Event: 1 p.m.
Meeting Location: John Bell House, 43 The Green, Dover
Degree of Difficulty: Easy
Minimum Age for Children: N/A
Restrictions: None
Length of Hike: 1/4 mile
Things to bring: Walking shoes, camera, and dress for the weather
Cancellation Information: (302) 545-2027

Join us for a walking tour of the historic Green in downtown Dover. For 300 years, The Green has been the center of commerce, politics, and social life in Dover. Led by guides in 18th century dress, listen to true tales of tragedy and infamy revealing the people and events that left their mark on Dover’s history.

FORT DUPONT STATE PARK

Name of Trail: Fort DuPont Walking Trail
Time of Event: 2 p.m.
Meeting Location: Parking Lot at the end of Wilmington Avenue
Degree of Difficulty: Easy
Minimum Age for Children: 5
Restrictions: None
Length of Hike: Approximately 1 mile
Things to bring: Waterproof shoes, water, snacks, warm clothes
Cancellation Information: (302) 834-7941

A simple walk along the trails of Fort DuPont. Visitors will see both the natural beauty of the environment and some of the structures that make Fort DuPont an important historic site.

FORT MILES HISTORICAL AREA

Name of Trail: Fort Miles Pinelands Trail Hike
Time of Event: 10 a.m.
Meeting Location: Fort Miles Orientation Building
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate
Minimum Age for Children: 7 years old with an adult
Restrictions: No pets permitted
Length of Hike: 1.5 miles
Things to bring: Water, hat, comfortable walking/hiking shoes, warm clothes
Cancellation Information: (302) 645-6852

Hike the Pinelands area below Fort Miles and uncover some of Cape Henlopen’s history. Be prepared for walking in loose sand.

KILLENS POND STATE PARK

Name of Trail: Pondside Nature Trail
Time of Event: 1 p.m.
Meeting Location: Nature Center
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate
Minimum Age for Children: 12
Restrictions: None
Length of Hike: 2.6 miles
Things to bring: Water bottle, warm clothes
Cancellation Information: (302) 284-4299

This hike will travel the entire Pondside Nature Trail at a brisk pace.

Name of Trail: Pondside Nature Trail
Time of Event: 1 p.m.
Meeting Location: Nature Center
Degree of Difficulty: Easy - Moderate
Minimum Age for Children: 7 – 8
Restrictions: None
Length of Hike: 2.6 miles
Things to bring: Water bottle
Cancellation Information: (302) 284-4299

Running strollers recommended for parents with infants or toddlers. This hike will travel the entire Pondside Nature Trail, but at a slower pace with several scenic overlook stops.

Name of Trail: Pondside Nature Trail - alternative
Time of Event: 1 p.m.
Meeting Location: Nature Center
Degree of Difficulty: Easy
Minimum Age for Children: None
Restrictions: None
Length of Hike: .25 miles
Things to bring: Water bottle
Cancellation Information: (302) 284-4299

This is an alternative hike to the Pondside Trail. Hikers will travel adjacent trails at a slower pace for younger children.

LUMS POND STATE PARK

Name of Trail: Swamp Forest/One Mile Loop Hybrid
Time of Event: 2 p.m.
Meeting Location: Nature Center
Degree of Difficulty: Easy
Minimum Age for Children: 5
Restrictions: None
Length of Hike: Approximately 2 miles
Things to bring: Water and snacks, warm clothes
Cancellation Information: (302) 368-6989

This hike will take you through some of Lums Pond’s unique habitats. Many birds and possibly some mammals will be out and about.

TRAP POND STATE PARK

Name of Trail: American Holly Trail and Bob Trail
Time of Event: 10 a.m.
Meeting Location: Baldcypress Nature Center
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate
Minimum Age for Children: None, see difficulty and length.
Restrictions: None
Length of Hike: 3.1 miles
Things to bring: Dress for the weather and bring comfortable shoes and a bottle of water.
Cancellation Information: (302) 875-5163

This trip will include a section of the newly dedicated “Bob Trail”, named in honor of Retired State Senator Bob Venables.

WHITE CLAY CREEK STATE PARK

Name of Trail: Various
Time of Event: 9 a.m.
Meeting Location: Chambers House Nature Center
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate
Minimum Age for Children: None
Restrictions: Not handicap accesible
Length of Hike: Approximately 5 miles
Things to bring: Water, binoculars, and please dress for the weather
Cancellation Information: (302) 368-6560

This is a First Day Hike special for birders! Bring binoculars, water and shoes for hiking. This is a moderate hike over varied terrain. Start your year list on our First Day hike!

Name of Trail: Millstone Pond Trail
Time of Event: 1 p.m.
Meeting Location: Carpenter Recreation Area
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate
Minimum Age for Children: Backpack or walking, no stroller access
Restrictions: Foot trail only
Length of Hike: 1.3 miles
Things to bring: Water, good walking shoes, dress for the weather
Cancellation Information: (302) 368-6560

Start your new year off right on this family hike led by members of the Friends of White Clay Creek State Park. We will also provide “Hike on Your Own” suggestions for the day for those who prefer smaller groups.

Name of Trail: Twin Valley Trail Time of Event: 1 p.m.
Meeting Location: Carpenter Recreation Area
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous
Minimum Age for Children: Backpack or walking, stroller access
Restrictions: Mixed-use trail
Length of Hike: 3.6 miles
Things to bring: Water, good walking shoes, dress for the weather
Cancellation Information: (302) 368-6560

Start your new year off right on this family hike led by members of the Friends of White Clay Creek State Park. We will also provide “Hike on Your Own” suggestions for the day for those who prefer smaller groups.

Name of Trail: Chestnut Hill Trail at the Judge Morris Estate
Time of Event: 1 p.m.
Meeting Location: Judge Morris Estate Parking Lot
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate
Minimum Age for Children: Backpack or walking
Restrictions: None
Length of Hike: 3.1 miles
Things to bring: Water, good walking shoes, dress for the weather
Cancellation Information: (302) 368-6560

Start your new year off right on this family hike led by members of the Friends of White Clay Creek State Park. We will also provide “Hike on Your Own” suggestions for the day for those who prefer smaller groups.

Name of Trail: Creek Road Trail
Time of Event: 1 p.m.
Meeting Location: Chambers House Nature Center Parking Lot
Degree of Difficulty: Easy
Minimum Age for Children: None
Restrictions: None
Length of Hike: 2.3 miles
Things to bring: Water, good walking shoes, dress for the weather
Cancellation Information: (302) 368-6560

Start your new year off right on this family hike led by members of the Friends of White Clay Creek State Park. We will also provide “Hike on Your Own” suggestions for the day for those who prefer smaller groups.

Name of Trail: Tri State Trail
Time of Event: 1 p.m.
Meeting Location: Nature Center
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate
Minimum Age for Children: Backpack or walking
Restrictions: Foot trail only
Length of Hike: 4 miles
Things to bring: Water, good walking shoes, dress for the weather
Cancellation Information: (302) 368-6560

Start your new year off right on this family hike led by members of the Friends of White Clay Creek State Park. We will also provide “Hike on Your Own” suggestions for the day for those who prefer smaller groups.