Rock Climbing & Rappelling Locations

 

Rock Climbing at Alapocas Run State Park

Delaware State Parks offers top-rope climbing in Alapocas Run State Park. Top-rope climbing is a form of climbing in which the rope is anchored to the top of the climb prior to climbing. Top roping does not require placing any protection during the climb. The rope is run from the climber, through an anchor at the top of the climb and then back down to attach to the belayer. The belayer is able to stop a falling climber immediately, which makes top-rope climbing one of the safest forms of climbing.

In addition to top roping, Wilmington State Park also offers rappelling opportunities. Rappelling is a controlled descent on a rope from an anchor on the top of a rock or cliff face. The person rappelling controls his own rope and the speed of the descent. Like top-rope climbing, rappelling requires a mechanical device that can lock the rope, preventing an uncontrolled descent.

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DIRECTIONS TO BANCROFT MILLS PARKING LOT

NOTE: Free permit required to use this location

  1. 1.From I-95 take Delaware Avenue Exit (#7) Rt. 52 North.

  2. Follow Rt. 52 (Pennsylvania Ave.) west, and make a right onto Bancroft Pkwy.

  3. Follow Bancroft Pkwy until it dead ends, then make a left onto Kentmere Pkwy.

  4. Continue on Kentmere Pkwy past Delaware Art Museum. Bear right on Kentmere Pkwy to Rockford Road.

  5. Right on Rockford Rd.

  6. Continue on Rockford Road past the “Bancroft Mills Directory” sign to bottom of the hill and turn right on to the lower road.

  7. Continue through the condominium parking lot. Park in the Delaware State Parks lot behind the black chain link fence.

  8. Or

    1. Off I-95 South at Rt. 202 (Concord Pike), take right fork to head south on Rt. 202 towards Wilmington.

    2. At the light by Kreston’s Liquor Mart, make a right onto Broom Street.

    3. Drive to end (about 9 blocks) and make a right onto 18th Street.

    4. Left on Augustine Cut-Off.

    5. Right at light onto Lovering Avenue.

    6. Continue on Kentmere Pkwy past Delaware Art Museum. Bear right on Kentmere Pkwy to Rockford Road.

    7. Right on Rockford Rd.

    8. Continue on Rockford Road past the “Bancroft Mills Directory” sign to bottom of the hill and turn right on to the lower road.

    9. Continue through the condominium parking lot. Park in the Delaware State Parks lot behind the black chain link fence.