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WHITE CLAY CREEK STATE PARK


Special Notice 10/15/18

The Smithmill parking lot on Papermill Road will be closed from Friday, October 19 thru Monday, October 22 for paving.

The Tweeds Mill Bridge has been repaired. There will be ongoing repairs made to the Wells Lane Bridge.

About the Park

The land that is today known as White Clay Creek State Park includes parts of the boundary line made famous by Mason and Dixon, who began their historic survey at “a post mark’d west,” a location that lies within the park.

Mystery at the Mansion-Judge Morris Estate

Mystery at the Mansion-Judge Morris Estate

White Clay Creek Judge Morris Estate’s Annual Mystery at the Mansion Fridays, October 26 and November 2 Saturdays, October 27 and November 3 7 p.m. Coffee and dessert refreshments willbe served Join Mystery guests to figure out “WhoDone It?” Mystery performances by the ReedyPoint Players. Ticket sales benefit White Clay Creek State Park Education Programs and the Reedy Point Players. Pre-payment in full is required for all Judge Morris Estate Programs. Call soon to register 302-368-6900. Must be 18 years or older. Murder Mystery tickets are nonrefundable. $20 Friday, October 26, 2018 at , Saturday, Oct. 27, and Friday and Saturday, November 2 and 3 at 7 p.m.

Add to Calendar America/New_York Mystery at the Mansion-Judge Morris Estate White Clay Creek Judge Morris Estate’s Annual Mystery at the Mansion Fridays, October 26 and November 2 Saturdays, October 27 and November 3 7 p.m. Coffee and dessert refreshments willbe served Join Mystery guests to figure out “WhoDone It?” Mystery performances by the ReedyPoint Players. Ticket sales benefit White Clay Creek State Park Education Programs and the Reedy Point Players. Pre-payment in full is required for all Judge Morris Estate Programs. Call soon to register 302-368-6900. Must be 18 years or older. Murder Mystery tickets are nonrefundable. $20 White Clay Creek State Park


Veteran's Apple Pie Social- Judge Morris Estate

Veteran's Apple Pie Social- Judge Morris Estate

Veteran’s Day Apple Pie SocialSunday, November 41 –3 p.m.Honor Veterans at the park’s annual Apple Pie Social. Hear firsthand what being aVeteran means and learn how we can honor them for their service. We will be serving coffee and apple pie, courtesy of Perkins Restaurant. Free. Please call to register-302-368-6900. Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 1 p.m.

Add to Calendar 11/4/2018 1:00:00 PM 11/4/2018 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Veteran's Apple Pie Social- Judge Morris Estate Veteran’s Day Apple Pie SocialSunday, November 41 –3 p.m.Honor Veterans at the park’s annual Apple Pie Social. Hear firsthand what being aVeteran means and learn how we can honor them for their service. We will be serving coffee and apple pie, courtesy of Perkins Restaurant. Free. Please call to register-302-368-6900. White Clay Creek State Park


As overdevelopment in the northern part of the state became a matter of increasing concern in the late 1960s, the state began to purchase lands adjoining a small recreational park, which in 1975 became known as Walter S. Carpenter State Park. State land acquisitions and donations from the Du Pont family and others eventually enlarged the park to over 3,600 acres. It was renamed White Clay Creek State Park in 1995. The White Clay Creek was named a National Wild and Scenic River by the National Park Service in 2000, which added an additional layer of protection to the area.

Master Plan in Progress

The Division of Parks and Recreation is beginning the process of creating a master plan for White Clay Creek State Park. The purpose of this master plan is to provide a vision and a framework for the stewardship and use of the park.

Freshwater Fishing

Millstone and Cattail Ponds offer year-round fishing for bluegill and crappie, and a catch-and-release program for largemouth bass. The White Clay Creek offers anglers the opportunity to fish for stocked rainbow and brown trout. Trout fishing opens the first Saturday in April. A fishing license is required at all times when fishing. A trout stamp is required April through June 30th and again October through November. The creek closes to all fishing two weeks prior to the opening day of trout season. Get information on fishing permits.. WARNING: The State online automated fishing license system is NOT compatible with mobile devices or iPads and may encounter printing issues with touch screen computers and Apple products.

Hiking and Biking

trail at white clay creek with a wooden fence next to it

Over 37 miles of trails lead explorers to historic sites and scenic vistas overlooking lush valleys and impressive rock outcrops. Hikers and mountain bikers enjoy the large number of easy-to-moderate trails throughout the park. Of special interest are those at Possum Hill and the Judge Morris Estate, along with the Pomeroy Rail-Trail, which runs alongside White Clay Creek.

The Judge Morris Estate

Built in 1790, the former home of Delaware native Judge Hugh M. Morris is perfect for weddings, private parties, and business gatherings. Private tours of the Judge Morris Estate are available for groups up to 15 people. Multiple tours can be arranged for larger groups. Hold your event at the Judge Morris Estate

Special Notice

Due to bridge erosion, the skills course at White Clay is closed, effectively immediately.

Upcoming Events

Mystery at the Mansion-Judge Morris Estate

Friday, October 26, 2018

7 p.m.

White Clay Creek Judge Morris Estate’s Annual Mystery at the Mansion Fridays, October 26 and November 2 Saturdays, October 27 and November 3 7 p.m. Coffee and dessert refreshments willbe served Join Mystery guests to figure out “WhoDone It?” Mystery performances by the ReedyPoint Players. Ticket sales benefit White Clay Creek State Park Education Programs and the Reedy Point Players. Pre-payment in full is required for all Judge Morris Estate Programs. Call soon to register 302-368-6900. Must be 18 years or older. Murder Mystery tickets are nonrefundable. $20

Add to Calendar 10/26/2018 7:00:00 PM 10/26/2018 9:00:00 PM America/New_York Mystery at the Mansion-Judge Morris Estate White Clay Creek Judge Morris Estate’s Annual Mystery at the Mansion Fridays, October 26 and November 2 Saturdays, October 27 and November 3 7 p.m. Coffee and dessert refreshments willbe served Join Mystery guests to figure out “WhoDone It?” Mystery performances by the ReedyPoint Players. Ticket sales benefit White Clay Creek State Park Education Programs and the Reedy Point Players. Pre-payment in full is required for all Judge Morris Estate Programs. Call soon to register 302-368-6900. Must be 18 years or older. Murder Mystery tickets are nonrefundable. $20 White Clay Creek State Park

Mystery at the Mansion-Judge Morris Estate

Friday, October 26, 2018

, Saturday, Oct. 27, and Friday and Saturday, November 2 and 3 at 7 p.m.

White Clay Creek Judge Morris Estate’s Annual Mystery at the Mansion Fridays, October 26 and November 2 Saturdays, October 27 and November 3 7 p.m. Coffee and dessert refreshments willbe served Join Mystery guests to figure out “WhoDone It?” Mystery performances by the ReedyPoint Players. Ticket sales benefit White Clay Creek State Park Education Programs and the Reedy Point Players. Pre-payment in full is required for all Judge Morris Estate Programs. Call soon to register 302-368-6900. Must be 18 years or older. Murder Mystery tickets are nonrefundable. $20

Add to Calendar America/New_York Mystery at the Mansion-Judge Morris Estate White Clay Creek Judge Morris Estate’s Annual Mystery at the Mansion Fridays, October 26 and November 2 Saturdays, October 27 and November 3 7 p.m. Coffee and dessert refreshments willbe served Join Mystery guests to figure out “WhoDone It?” Mystery performances by the ReedyPoint Players. Ticket sales benefit White Clay Creek State Park Education Programs and the Reedy Point Players. Pre-payment in full is required for all Judge Morris Estate Programs. Call soon to register 302-368-6900. Must be 18 years or older. Murder Mystery tickets are nonrefundable. $20 White Clay Creek State Park

Mystery at the Mansion-Judge Morris Estate

Saturday, October 27, 2018

7 p.m.

White Clay Creek Judge Morris Estate’s Annual Mystery at the Mansion Fridays, October 26 and November 2 Saturdays, October 27 and November 3 7 p.m. Coffee and dessert refreshments willbe served Join Mystery guests to figure out “WhoDone It?” Mystery performances by the ReedyPoint Players. Ticket sales benefit White Clay Creek State Park Education Programs and the Reedy Point Players. Pre-payment in full is required for all Judge Morris Estate Programs. Call soon to register 302-368-6900. Must be 18 years or older. Murder Mystery tickets are nonrefundable. $20

Add to Calendar 10/27/2018 7:00:00 PM 10/27/2018 9:00:00 PM America/New_York Mystery at the Mansion-Judge Morris Estate White Clay Creek Judge Morris Estate’s Annual Mystery at the Mansion Fridays, October 26 and November 2 Saturdays, October 27 and November 3 7 p.m. Coffee and dessert refreshments willbe served Join Mystery guests to figure out “WhoDone It?” Mystery performances by the ReedyPoint Players. Ticket sales benefit White Clay Creek State Park Education Programs and the Reedy Point Players. Pre-payment in full is required for all Judge Morris Estate Programs. Call soon to register 302-368-6900. Must be 18 years or older. Murder Mystery tickets are nonrefundable. $20 White Clay Creek State Park

Autumn Birthday Hayrides for private groups

Saturday, October 27, 2018

3 p.m.

Bookyour birthday party hayride during one of our first hayride slots, bring your party favors and set up your fun (No balloons please). This is a great way to celebrate your child’s special Fall birthday. $125 per wagon.Enjoy a 45-minute old-fashioned hayride throughautumn fields, followed by 45 minutes around a campfire. Must pre-register. Wagon seats up to 25. Refreshments are not provided. (Alcohol not permitted) $125 per wagon. Call to register soon 302-368-6900

Add to Calendar 10/27/2018 3:00:00 PM 10/27/2018 4:30:00 PM America/New_York Autumn Birthday Hayrides for private groups Bookyour birthday party hayride during one of our first hayride slots, bring your party favors and set up your fun (No balloons please). This is a great way to celebrate your child’s special Fall birthday. $125 per wagon.Enjoy a 45-minute old-fashioned hayride throughautumn fields, followed by 45 minutes around a campfire. Must pre-register. Wagon seats up to 25. Refreshments are not provided. (Alcohol not permitted) $125 per wagon. Call to register soon 302-368-6900 White Clay Creek State Park

Autumn Group Hayrides

Saturday, October 27, 2018

4, 5, 6 and 7 p.m.

All hayrides meet at Possum Hill Parking Lot, Nine Foot Road Entrance (Across from Deerfield Golf & Tennis Club). Bundle up with friends and family and enjoy a 45-minute old-fashioned hayride through autumn fields, followed by 45 minutes around a blazing campfire. Groups must pre-register. Wagon seats up to 25. Refreshments are not provided. (Alcohol not permitted.) $125 per wagon. Call to register soon 302-368-6900

Add to Calendar 10/27/2018 5:00:00 PM 10/28/2018 8:00:00 PM America/New_York Autumn Group Hayrides All hayrides meet at Possum Hill Parking Lot, Nine Foot Road Entrance (Across from Deerfield Golf & Tennis Club). Bundle up with friends and family and enjoy a 45-minute old-fashioned hayride through autumn fields, followed by 45 minutes around a blazing campfire. Groups must pre-register. Wagon seats up to 25. Refreshments are not provided. (Alcohol not permitted.) $125 per wagon. Call to register soon 302-368-6900 White Clay Creek State Park

All Abilities Hayrides

Sunday, October 28, 2018

2:30 p.m.

Does someone you know have trouble climbing the stairs but really wants to be a part of your group hayride? Does the idea of sitting cross-legged on a bed of hay deter you from enjoying one of fall’s greatest delights? We are the first Delaware state park to offer mobility-challenged people a chance to be part of the fun with family and friends at their autumn hayride! White Clay Creek State Park has a specially-designed wagon with lift and benches to make your ride through meadows and forests most enjoyable. The lift is perfect for people with walkers,canes or limited mobility. Additionally, our all abilities wagon can accommodate up to two wheelchairs per ride PLUS seating for 20. When registering, please let us know if you will have wheelchairs (up to 2 per ride) $125 per wagon Register 302-368-6900

Add to Calendar 10/28/2018 2:30:00 PM 10/28/2018 4:00:00 PM America/New_York All Abilities Hayrides Does someone you know have trouble climbing the stairs but really wants to be a part of your group hayride? Does the idea of sitting cross-legged on a bed of hay deter you from enjoying one of fall’s greatest delights? We are the first Delaware state park to offer mobility-challenged people a chance to be part of the fun with family and friends at their autumn hayride! White Clay Creek State Park has a specially-designed wagon with lift and benches to make your ride through meadows and forests most enjoyable. The lift is perfect for people with walkers,canes or limited mobility. Additionally, our all abilities wagon can accommodate up to two wheelchairs per ride PLUS seating for 20. When registering, please let us know if you will have wheelchairs (up to 2 per ride) $125 per wagon Register 302-368-6900 White Clay Creek State Park

Autumn Group Hayrides

Sunday, October 28, 2018

4, 5, 6 and 7 p.m.

All hayrides meet at Possum Hill Parking Lot, Nine Foot Road Entrance (Across from Deerfield Golf & Tennis Club). Bundle up with friends and family and enjoy a 45-minute old-fashioned hayride through autumn fields, followed by 45 minutes around a blazing campfire. Groups must pre-register. Wagon seats up to 25. Refreshments are not provided. (Alcohol not permitted.) $125 per wagon. Call to register soon 302-368-6900

Add to Calendar 10/28/2018 5:00:00 PM 10/29/2018 8:00:00 PM America/New_York Autumn Group Hayrides All hayrides meet at Possum Hill Parking Lot, Nine Foot Road Entrance (Across from Deerfield Golf & Tennis Club). Bundle up with friends and family and enjoy a 45-minute old-fashioned hayride through autumn fields, followed by 45 minutes around a blazing campfire. Groups must pre-register. Wagon seats up to 25. Refreshments are not provided. (Alcohol not permitted.) $125 per wagon. Call to register soon 302-368-6900 White Clay Creek State Park

Mystery at the Mansion-Judge Morris Estate

Friday, November 2, 2018

7 p.m.

White Clay Creek Judge Morris Estate’s Annual Mystery at the MansionFridays, October 26 and November 2Saturdays, October 27 and November 37 p.m.Coffee and dessert refreshments will be servedJoin Mystery guests to figure out “Who Done It?” Mystery performances by the Reedy Point Players. Ticket sales benefit White Clay Creek State Park Education Programs and the Reedy Point Players. Pre-payment infull is required for all Judge Morris Estate Programs. Call soon to register 302-368-6900.Must be 18 years or older. Murder Mystery tickets are nonrefundable. $20

Add to Calendar 11/2/2018 7:00:00 PM 11/2/2018 9:00:00 PM America/New_York Mystery at the Mansion-Judge Morris Estate White Clay Creek Judge Morris Estate’s Annual Mystery at the MansionFridays, October 26 and November 2Saturdays, October 27 and November 37 p.m.Coffee and dessert refreshments will be servedJoin Mystery guests to figure out “Who Done It?” Mystery performances by the Reedy Point Players. Ticket sales benefit White Clay Creek State Park Education Programs and the Reedy Point Players. Pre-payment infull is required for all Judge Morris Estate Programs. Call soon to register 302-368-6900.Must be 18 years or older. Murder Mystery tickets are nonrefundable. $20 White Clay Creek State Park

Mystery at the Mansion-Judge Morris Estate

Saturday, November 3, 2018

7 p.m.

White Clay Creek Judge Morris Estate’s Annual Mystery at the MansionFridays, October 26 and November 2Saturdays, October 27 and November 37 p.m.Coffee and dessert refreshments will be servedJoin Mystery guests to figure out “Who Done It?” Mystery performances by the Reedy Point Players. Ticket sales benefit White Clay Creek State Park Education Programs and the Reedy Point Players. Pre-payment infull is required for all Judge Morris Estate Programs. Call soon to register 302-368-6900.Must be 18 years or older. Murder Mystery tickets are nonrefundable. $20

Add to Calendar 11/3/2018 7:00:00 PM 11/3/2018 9:00:00 PM America/New_York Mystery at the Mansion-Judge Morris Estate White Clay Creek Judge Morris Estate’s Annual Mystery at the MansionFridays, October 26 and November 2Saturdays, October 27 and November 37 p.m.Coffee and dessert refreshments will be servedJoin Mystery guests to figure out “Who Done It?” Mystery performances by the Reedy Point Players. Ticket sales benefit White Clay Creek State Park Education Programs and the Reedy Point Players. Pre-payment infull is required for all Judge Morris Estate Programs. Call soon to register 302-368-6900.Must be 18 years or older. Murder Mystery tickets are nonrefundable. $20 White Clay Creek State Park

Autumn Group Hayrides

Saturday, November 3, 2018

4, 5, 6 and 7 p.m.

All hayrides meet at Possum Hill Parking Lot, Nine Foot Road Entrance (Across from Deerfield Golf & Tennis Club). Bundle up with friends and family and enjoy a 45-minute old-fashioned hayride through autumn fields, followed by 45 minutes around a blazing campfire. Groups must pre-register. Wagon seats up to 25. Refreshments are not provided. (Alcohol not permitted.) $125 per wagon. Call to register soon 302-368-6900

Add to Calendar 11/3/2018 5:00:00 PM 11/4/2018 8:00:00 PM America/New_York Autumn Group Hayrides All hayrides meet at Possum Hill Parking Lot, Nine Foot Road Entrance (Across from Deerfield Golf & Tennis Club). Bundle up with friends and family and enjoy a 45-minute old-fashioned hayride through autumn fields, followed by 45 minutes around a blazing campfire. Groups must pre-register. Wagon seats up to 25. Refreshments are not provided. (Alcohol not permitted.) $125 per wagon. Call to register soon 302-368-6900 White Clay Creek State Park

Veteran's Apple Pie Social- Judge Morris Estate

Sunday, November 4, 2018

1 p.m.

Veteran’s Day Apple Pie SocialSunday, November 41 –3 p.m.Honor Veterans at the park’s annual Apple Pie Social. Hear firsthand what being aVeteran means and learn how we can honor them for their service. We will be serving coffee and apple pie, courtesy of Perkins Restaurant. Free. Please call to register-302-368-6900.

Add to Calendar 11/4/2018 1:00:00 PM 11/4/2018 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Veteran's Apple Pie Social- Judge Morris Estate Veteran’s Day Apple Pie SocialSunday, November 41 –3 p.m.Honor Veterans at the park’s annual Apple Pie Social. Hear firsthand what being aVeteran means and learn how we can honor them for their service. We will be serving coffee and apple pie, courtesy of Perkins Restaurant. Free. Please call to register-302-368-6900. White Clay Creek State Park

Autumn Group Hayrides

Sunday, November 4, 2018

4, 5, 6 and 7 p.m.

All hayrides meet at Possum Hill Parking Lot, Nine Foot Road Entrance (Across from Deerfield Golf & Tennis Club). Bundle up with friends and family and enjoy a 45-minute old-fashioned hayride through autumn fields, followed by 45 minutes around a blazing campfire. Groups must pre-register. Wagon seats up to 25. Refreshments are not provided. (Alcohol not permitted.) $125 per wagon. Call to register soon 302-368-6900

Add to Calendar 11/4/2018 5:00:00 PM 11/5/2018 8:00:00 PM America/New_York Autumn Group Hayrides All hayrides meet at Possum Hill Parking Lot, Nine Foot Road Entrance (Across from Deerfield Golf & Tennis Club). Bundle up with friends and family and enjoy a 45-minute old-fashioned hayride through autumn fields, followed by 45 minutes around a blazing campfire. Groups must pre-register. Wagon seats up to 25. Refreshments are not provided. (Alcohol not permitted.) $125 per wagon. Call to register soon 302-368-6900 White Clay Creek State Park

Owl Prowl-Night Hike with a Naturalist.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

7 p.m.

November 17 Owl ProwlWhite Clay Creek State Park is home to some veryspecial Owls. Learn about these nighthunters, then hike along the creek to hear their calls. Free. Must call to register: 302-368-6900.

Add to Calendar 11/17/2018 7:00:00 PM 11/17/2018 8:00:00 PM America/New_York Owl Prowl-Night Hike with a Naturalist. November 17 Owl ProwlWhite Clay Creek State Park is home to some veryspecial Owls. Learn about these nighthunters, then hike along the creek to hear their calls. Free. Must call to register: 302-368-6900. White Clay Creek State Park

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