Trails

White Clay Creek State Park

Millstone Trail

  • Mode: Hiking
  • Distance: 1.3 miles
  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
  • Accessible: No
  • Trailhead: New London Road Parking Area
  • Trail Challenge: Yes

The Millstone Trail follows an easy to moderate contour over grass and packed earth. The trail traverses a boardwalk at Millstone Pond below a geological feature of rock outcropping.

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Twin Valley Trail

  • Mode: Hiking
  • Distance: 3.9 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Accessible: No
  • Trailhead: New London Road Parking Area
  • Trail Challenge: Yes
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The Twin Valley Trail meanders through mature beech, maple, and tulip forests on a moderate grade. The trail passes the Arc Corner Monument marking the point where Delaware and Pennsylvania meet, and an old foundation and cellar hole. Wildlife and birding opportunities await trail users.

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David English Trail

  • Mode: Hiking and Biking
  • Distance: 2.4 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Accessible: No
  • Trailhead: Park Office on Thompson Station Road
  • Trail Challenge: Yes
  • Cut-off Trail: Twin Ponds
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This single-track loop trail passes through hardwood forest and hayfields over a packed earth surface. Twin Ponds cut-off trail is located at the approximate midpoint along the trail and returns to the trailhead. Experience the park's nature and quiet solitude along this trail. Keep a watchful eye for the park's abundant wildlife.

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Whitely Farms Trail

  • Mode: Hiking and Biking
  • Distance: 3.1 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Accessible: No
  • Trailhead: Nine Foot Road parking lot

The trail begins at the parking lot near the old Whitely Farms. This single-track loop trail rambles through hayfields and a forest of mature hardwoods over a packed earth surface. The grade is moderate throughout, with a rapid descent near the approach of the Hopkins Road crossing and the connector to the David English Trail. The Whitely Farms Trail can also be accessed by a connector trail near the Smith Mill Road Parking Area. A double-track cut-off trail runs downhill parallel to a small creek from Possum Hill to Hopkins Road.

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Bryan's Field Trail

  • Mode: Hiking and Biking
  • Distance: 2.1 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Accessible: No
  • Trailhead: Smith Mill Road parking lot
  • Cut-off Trail: Post Mark Trail

This loop trail crosses meadow and passes through a mature hardwood forest of maple, oak, and poplar over a packed earth surface. On the outer loop, trail users will traverse an area of reforestation and witness early forest succession. Take the Post Mark Trail cut-off to see the "Post Marked West" monument marking the location where the famous survey team started the well-known Mason-Dixon Line that runs for more than 200 miles due west from this point. Connector trails from Bryan's Field Trail lead to Thompson Station Road, Nine Foot Road, or Middle Run Natural Area at Paper Mill Road.

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Boundary Line Trail

  • Mode: Hiking and Biking
  • Distance: 1.4 miles (one-way)
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Accessible: No
  • Trailhead: Thompson Station Road at David English Trail

From Thompson Station Road, the Boundary Line Trail crosses an old stone bridge and then climbs on a moderate grade to an open field. It runs past mature Osage Orange trees to Corner Ketch Road and the highest point in the park. Continue on to connect with White Clay Creek Preserve in Pennsylvania or reverse direction and enjoy a downhill hike or ride.

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Big Pond Trail

  • Mode: Hiking
  • Distance: 2 miles (round trip)
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Accessible: No
  • Trailhead: Opposite Smith Mill Road parking lot

This mowed trail rambles over open meadows on an easy grade to Big Pond. Hikers will pass the model plane enthusiasts' airfield located near the trailhead. Nature enthusiasts may spot hawks circling overhead or deer browsing in the fields.

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Chestnut Hill Trail

  • Mode: Hiking and Biking
  • Distance: 3.4 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Accessible: No
  • Trailhead: Judge Morris Estate parking lot on Polly Drummond Road

The trailhead offers two options for access. Take the Field Spur (0.3 miles) to connect to the northern area of the property along Polly Drummond Road or travel east from the parking area to join the trail along a branch of Pike Creek. This single-track, packed earth surface trail rambles through a towering mature forest behind the Judge Morris Estate and crosses meandering creeks.

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Tri-Valley Trail

  • Mode: Hiking and Biking
  • Distance: 3.1 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Accessible: No
  • Trailhead: Judge Morris parking area on Polly Drummond Road

The Tri-Valley Trail links three sites: Judge Morris Estate, Middle Run Natural Area (county managed) and Possum Hill. Use caution when crossing Polly Drummond Road and Paper Mill Road. The trail passes through open fields and mixed woods over packed earth and crosses Middle Run that flows into White Clay Creek.

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