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Alapocas Run State Park


Playgrounds Closed; Rock-Climbing Open

The Can-Do Playground and other state park playgrounds remain closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The rock-climbing wall is open; download our COVID Precautions: Rock Climbing flyer for information about climbing safely. For other information about other current safety measures in Delaware State Parks, please visit our COVID-19 page.

Find Your Adventure at Alapocas Run State Park

Alapocas Woods offers a short but scenic trail at Alapocas Run State Park.

Explore Alapocas Woods

Enjoy a leisure 0.7-mile-long hike through mature woodlands in the middle of the city. Look for native pawpaw trees and take in the sights and sounds of nature.

The blue rock cliffs at Alapocas Run State Park.

Observe the Blue Granite Cliffs

The cliffs, made of blue rock gneiss, offer a glimpse into the park’s quarrying past. These rocks were once used to help build the city of Wilmington!

The Blue Ball Barn at Alpocas Run State Park is the home of the Delaware Folk Art Museum

Discover the Blue Ball Barn

Step back in time at the Blue Ball Barn. Learn about the rich history of the area while touring Delaware’s folk art collection.

 

The Northern Delaware Greenway runs through Alpocas Run State Park

Ride the Northern Delaware Greenway Trail

Hike or bike through the natural and cultural history of Wilmington! Stop at historic overlooks to learn about the textile mills that once thrived throughout the region.

The Can-Do Playground at Alapocas Run State Park

Have Fun at the Can-Do Playground

Kids of all abilities can go for a swing, or play in the sand at Delaware's first "boundless playground." You can also read a new story on the Storybook Trail.

Rock-climbing at Alapocas Run State Park

Superintendent’s Pick: Climb the Rock Wall

Climb Delaware’s only natural rock climbing wall! Our staff offer top-rope climbing programs — with some basic tips and equipment, rock climbing can be a unique way to experience the park.

Park History

The land that became Alapocas Run State Park was donated to the city of Wilmington in the early 1900s by local industrialist William Bancroft. It eventually came to include the Blue Ball Barn, built in 1914 by Bancroft's neighbor, Alfred I. DuPont, who named the barn after an inn and meeting house that was once located near the property. Alapocas Run became a state park in 2002.

Blue Ball Barn

This extraordinary barn, progressive in its environmental design, is the current home of the Delaware Folk Art Collection. Renovations have created a multifunctional conference, special event and gallery space for events, weddings and conferences, featuring meeting rooms, a large banquet room and a secluded courtyard. The Blue Ball Barn was the first public building in Delaware to become a LEED-certified building, meaning it meets stringent environmentally-friendly building design standards.

Learn more about the Blue Ball Barn, including how to host your event here.

The Delaware Folk Art Collection

The collection currently contains over 120 works from 50 artists and reflects the local cultures of Delaware. Visitors are able to tour the exhibit and use the interactive touchscreens to learn about the collection and its artists. The Blue Ball Barn is a Frommer's recommended attraction.

Can-Do Playground

can do playground

The 27,000 square foot Can-Do Playground, is the first Boundless Playground™ in Delaware. Designed to be accessible to every child, regardless of physical, mental and sensory abilities, the playground was made possible with the help of six Wilmington-area Rotary Clubs. For more information about boundless playgrounds, visit the Can-Do Playground website.

Athletic Fields

Is your club, league, or group looking for a well-maintained area for games or other activities? Three versatile fields in the East Park section of Alapocas Run State Park offer a variety of opportunities for organized sports.

Sports Accommodated:

Fields 1 and 2: Soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, flag football, Ultimate Frisbee®, kickball

Field 3: Field hockey, flag football, Ultimate Frisbee®, rugby, youth soccer, youth lacrosse

The athletic field permit application available under Maps + Downloads on this page contains field reservation information and rates.

Rock Climbing and Rappelling

Alapocas Run State Park offers top-rope climbing and rappelling. In top roping, the rope is run from the climber through an anchor at the top of the climb, 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. Rappelling is a controlled descent on a rope from an anchor on the top of a rock or cliff face. Like top-rope climbing, rappelling requires a mechanical device that can lock the rope, preventing an uncontrolled descent. The park offers climbing programs and camps.

More info can be found on our Rock Climbing page

A climbing permit is required to use the park’s rock wall; the application is available on this page under Maps + Downloads.

Upcoming Events

Intro to Rock Climbing

Saturday, October 10, 2020

9:30 AM

Discover the basics of outdoor top rope climbing. Get harnessed up and climb on our natural rock wall, after a brief introduction of equipment, climbing and safety. Helmets, harness and ropes provided. Park staff will instruct, guide, and belay all climbers. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a guardian. Pre-registration with full payment required by noon Friday before program. Call 302-577-1164 to register. Limit 8 people. Ages 8 and up, $25 per person Directions, climbing waiver and what to bring/wear will be emailed to participants upon registration. Masks required when not climbing.

Add to Calendar 10/10/2020 9:30:00 AM 10/10/2020 11:30:00 AM America/New_York Intro to Rock Climbing Discover the basics of outdoor top rope climbing. Get harnessed up and climb on our natural rock wall, after a brief introduction of equipment, climbing and safety. Helmets, harness and ropes provided. Park staff will instruct, guide, and belay all climbers. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a guardian. Pre-registration with full payment required by noon Friday before program. Call 302-577-1164 to register. Limit 8 people. Ages 8 and up, $25 per person Directions, climbing waiver and what to bring/wear will be emailed to participants upon registration. Masks required when not climbing. Alapocas Run State Park

Twilight Hike

Friday, October 16, 2020

6:30 PM

Join us on this family friendly hike as we tread carefully into the twilight. Discover the story behinds thisngs that go bump in the night. Pre-register by Wednesday, October 14th. Limit 10 people. FREE

Add to Calendar 10/16/2020 6:30:00 PM 10/16/2020 8:00:00 PM America/New_York Twilight Hike Join us on this family friendly hike as we tread carefully into the twilight. Discover the story behinds thisngs that go bump in the night. Pre-register by Wednesday, October 14th. Limit 10 people. FREE Alapocas Run State Park

Intro to Rock Climbing

Saturday, October 24, 2020

9:30 AM

Discover the basics of outdoor top rope climbing. Get harnessed up and climb on our natural rock wall, after a brief introduction of equipment, climbing and safety. Helmets, harness and ropes provided. Park staff will instruct, guide, and belay all climbers. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a guardian. Pre-registration with full payment required by noon Friday before program. Call 302-577-1164 to register. Limit 8 people. Ages 8 and up, $25 per person Directions, climbing waiver and what to bring/wear will be emailed to participants upon registration. Masks required when not climbing.

Add to Calendar 10/24/2020 9:30:00 AM 10/24/2020 11:30:00 AM America/New_York Intro to Rock Climbing Discover the basics of outdoor top rope climbing. Get harnessed up and climb on our natural rock wall, after a brief introduction of equipment, climbing and safety. Helmets, harness and ropes provided. Park staff will instruct, guide, and belay all climbers. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a guardian. Pre-registration with full payment required by noon Friday before program. Call 302-577-1164 to register. Limit 8 people. Ages 8 and up, $25 per person Directions, climbing waiver and what to bring/wear will be emailed to participants upon registration. Masks required when not climbing. Alapocas Run State Park

Holiday Basket Weaving

Saturday, November 14, 2020

10:00 AM

Learn traditional weaving technicques with master basket weaver Joan Betzold and create a sled basket. Weave it in red, green, blues or plain. Pre-registrationg and payment required by noon, November 11. $50 per person

Add to Calendar 11/14/2020 10:00:00 AM 11/14/2020 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Holiday Basket Weaving Learn traditional weaving technicques with master basket weaver Joan Betzold and create a sled basket. Weave it in red, green, blues or plain. Pre-registrationg and payment required by noon, November 11. $50 per person Alapocas Run State Park