Picture of White Clay Creek

White Clay Creek State Park


Special Notice 2/28/19

The Twin Valley Trail is closed until further notice for replacement of the Wells Lane Bridge. Park users can stay safe by obeying all posted trail closures.

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.

Featured Program: Harmony Hike

Join us for a silent hike just before sunset as we listen to the sounds of nature with heightened senses. This is a meditation hike to enjoy the forest and fields in quiet contemplation. Meet at Chambers Rock parking lot; pre-registration is required. Free Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 7:00 PM

Add to Calendar 8/10/2019 7:00:00 PM 8/10/2019 8:30:00 PM America/New_York Featured Program: Harmony Hike Join us for a silent hike just before sunset as we listen to the sounds of nature with heightened senses. This is a meditation hike to enjoy the forest and fields in quiet contemplation. Meet at Chambers Rock parking lot; pre-registration is required. Free 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

Upcoming Events

Fantastic Frogs and Feathers - FULL

Monday, July 22, 2019 at 9:00 AM

This camp is full. Please select another camp.

Add to Calendar 7/22/2019 9:00:00 AM 7/26/2019 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Fantastic Frogs and Feathers - FULL This camp is full. Please select another camp. White Clay Creek State Park

Outdoor Adventure Skills - FULL

Monday, July 22, 2019 at 9:00 AM

This camp is full. Please select another camp. - Challenge yourself as we go rock climbing at Alapocas, kayak at Lums Pond and mountain bike (mountain bikes are available to borrow or bring your own) at White Clay. Finish the week with a bike ride to a cool spot in town. Campers must bring a properly fitted, CPSC-approved helmet and be able to swim.

Add to Calendar 7/22/2019 9:00:00 AM 7/26/2019 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Outdoor Adventure Skills - FULL This camp is full. Please select another camp. - Challenge yourself as we go rock climbing at Alapocas, kayak at Lums Pond and mountain bike (mountain bikes are available to borrow or bring your own) at White Clay. Finish the week with a bike ride to a cool spot in town. Campers must bring a properly fitted, CPSC-approved helmet and be able to swim. White Clay Creek State Park

CANCELLED - Yoga in the Park: Moved by Nature-Primal Flow

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 6:30 PM

This program is cancelled. Please check out our other programs.

Add to Calendar 7/23/2019 6:30:00 PM 7/23/2019 7:30:00 PM America/New_York CANCELLED - Yoga in the Park: Moved by Nature-Primal Flow This program is cancelled. Please check out our other programs. White Clay Creek State Park

Chapel Street Junction

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 6:30 PM

Join us for our Summer Concert Series, a lively and outdoor music experience at the band stage in Carpenter Recreation Area. (880 New London Rd) Bring your picnic supper, blanket, or lawn chairs. Friends of White Clay Creek State Park will be there with a 50/50 fundraiser, food truck and beer garden for each Wednesday evening concert. Concert Hotline 302-368-6560. For more information, visit our Summer Concert Series pages on this site.

Add to Calendar 7/24/2019 6:30:00 PM 7/24/2019 8:30:00 PM America/New_York Chapel Street Junction Join us for our Summer Concert Series, a lively and outdoor music experience at the band stage in Carpenter Recreation Area. (880 New London Rd) Bring your picnic supper, blanket, or lawn chairs. Friends of White Clay Creek State Park will be there with a 50/50 fundraiser, food truck and beer garden for each Wednesday evening concert. Concert Hotline 302-368-6560. For more information, visit our Summer Concert Series pages on this site. White Clay Creek State Park

Yoga in the Park: Restorative Yoga

Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 6:30 PM

Join Julie Macedo of Well by Nature for a one-hour, all-levels restorative yoga and meditation class in the beautiful White Clay Creek State Park. This is a gentle yoga flow followed by meditation and is suitable for all-levels. Please come prepared with a yoga mat or towel. Drop-ins welcome. Meet at the Nature Center. $5 per person/class. Call 302-368-6900 to register.

Add to Calendar 7/25/2019 6:30:00 PM 7/25/2019 7:30:00 PM America/New_York Yoga in the Park: Restorative Yoga Join Julie Macedo of Well by Nature for a one-hour, all-levels restorative yoga and meditation class in the beautiful White Clay Creek State Park. This is a gentle yoga flow followed by meditation and is suitable for all-levels. Please come prepared with a yoga mat or towel. Drop-ins welcome. Meet at the Nature Center. $5 per person/class. Call 302-368-6900 to register. White Clay Creek State Park

Panning for Creek Gems- Family program

Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 10:30 AM

Pan the creek for garnets, magnetite, and other shiny treasures! We will provide pie plates with holes in them for advanced registered participants. Water shoes and towel recommended. Cost is $6 per person (register by noon the Friday before and receive $1 discount). Call 302-368-6900

Add to Calendar 7/27/2019 10:30:00 AM 7/27/2019 11:30:00 AM America/New_York Panning for Creek Gems- Family program Pan the creek for garnets, magnetite, and other shiny treasures! We will provide pie plates with holes in them for advanced registered participants. Water shoes and towel recommended. Cost is $6 per person (register by noon the Friday before and receive $1 discount). Call 302-368-6900 White Clay Creek State Park

Creek Creations - FULL

Monday, July 29, 2019 at 9:00 AM

This camp is full. Please select another camp.

Add to Calendar 7/29/2019 9:00:00 AM 8/2/2019 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Creek Creations - FULL This camp is full. Please select another camp. White Clay Creek State Park

Single Track Shredders: WCCSP Mountain Bike Focused Camp

Monday, July 29, 2019 at 9:00 AM

This camp is specifically designed for experienced bikers with six or more miles of all-terrain experience. Join other avid young bikers from the region for a week-long mountain biking experience. The week includes rides at White Clay Creek, Brandywine Creek and Middle Run trails. Bike repair, riding techniques, behind the scenes at a bike shop, and coolin’ off in the creek are all part of the week. Campers should bring their own mountain bike (bikes are available to borrow) and a properly fitted, CPSC-approved helmet, bike gloves and be able to swim.

Add to Calendar 7/29/2019 9:00:00 AM 8/2/2019 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Single Track Shredders: WCCSP Mountain Bike Focused Camp This camp is specifically designed for experienced bikers with six or more miles of all-terrain experience. Join other avid young bikers from the region for a week-long mountain biking experience. The week includes rides at White Clay Creek, Brandywine Creek and Middle Run trails. Bike repair, riding techniques, behind the scenes at a bike shop, and coolin’ off in the creek are all part of the week. Campers should bring their own mountain bike (bikes are available to borrow) and a properly fitted, CPSC-approved helmet, bike gloves and be able to swim. White Clay Creek State Park

CANCELLED - Yoga in the Park: Moved by Nature-Primal Flow

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 6:30 PM

This program is cancelled. Please check out our other programs.

Add to Calendar 7/30/2019 6:30:00 PM 7/30/2019 7:30:00 PM America/New_York CANCELLED - Yoga in the Park: Moved by Nature-Primal Flow This program is cancelled. Please check out our other programs. White Clay Creek State Park

To the Max

Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 6:30 PM

Join us for our Summer Concert Series, a lively and outdoor music experience at the band stage in Carpenter Recreation Area. (880 New London Rd) Bring your picnic supper, blanket, or lawn chairs. Friends of White Clay Creek State Park will be there with a 50/50 fundraiser, food truck and beer garden for each Wednesday evening concert. Concert Hotline 302-368-6560. For more information, visit our Summer Concert Series pages on this site.

Add to Calendar 7/31/2019 6:30:00 PM 7/31/2019 8:30:00 PM America/New_York To the Max Join us for our Summer Concert Series, a lively and outdoor music experience at the band stage in Carpenter Recreation Area. (880 New London Rd) Bring your picnic supper, blanket, or lawn chairs. Friends of White Clay Creek State Park will be there with a 50/50 fundraiser, food truck and beer garden for each Wednesday evening concert. Concert Hotline 302-368-6560. For more information, visit our Summer Concert Series pages on this site. White Clay Creek State Park

Yoga in the Park: Restorative Yoga

Thursday, August 1, 2019 at 6:30 PM

Join Julie Macedo of Well by Nature for a one-hour, all-levels restorative yoga and meditation class in the beautiful White Clay Creek State Park. This is a gentle yoga flow followed by meditation and is suitable for all-levels. Please come prepared with a yoga mat or towel. Drop-ins welcome. Meet at the Nature Center. $5 per person/class. Call 302-368-6900 to register.

Add to Calendar 8/1/2019 6:30:00 PM 8/1/2019 7:30:00 PM America/New_York Yoga in the Park: Restorative Yoga Join Julie Macedo of Well by Nature for a one-hour, all-levels restorative yoga and meditation class in the beautiful White Clay Creek State Park. This is a gentle yoga flow followed by meditation and is suitable for all-levels. Please come prepared with a yoga mat or towel. Drop-ins welcome. Meet at the Nature Center. $5 per person/class. Call 302-368-6900 to register. White Clay Creek State Park

Pirates Treasures: Stream Explorers - FULL

Monday, August 5, 2019 at 9:00 AM

This camp is full. Please select another camp.

Add to Calendar 8/5/2019 9:00:00 AM 8/9/2019 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Pirates Treasures: Stream Explorers - FULL This camp is full. Please select another camp. White Clay Creek State Park

White Clay Creek (WCC) Survivor - FULL

Monday, August 5, 2019 at 9:00 AM

This camp is full. Please select another camp.

Add to Calendar 8/5/2019 9:00:00 AM 8/9/2019 12:00:00 AM America/New_York White Clay Creek (WCC) Survivor - FULL This camp is full. Please select another camp. White Clay Creek State Park

CANCELLED - Yoga in the Park: Moved by Nature-Primal Flow

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 6:30 PM

This program is cancelled. Please check out our other programs.

Add to Calendar 8/6/2019 6:30:00 PM 8/6/2019 7:30:00 PM America/New_York CANCELLED - Yoga in the Park: Moved by Nature-Primal Flow This program is cancelled. Please check out our other programs. White Clay Creek State Park

Unity Reggae Band

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 6:30 PM

Join us for our Summer Concert Series, a lively and outdoor music experience at the band stage in Carpenter Recreation Area. (880 New London Rd) Bring your picnic supper, blanket, or lawn chairs. Friends of White Clay Creek State Park will be there with a 50/50 fundraiser, food truck and beer garden for each Wednesday evening concert. Concert Hotline 302-368-6560. For more information, visit our Summer Concert Series pages on this site.

Add to Calendar 8/7/2019 6:30:00 PM 8/7/2019 8:30:00 PM America/New_York Unity Reggae Band Join us for our Summer Concert Series, a lively and outdoor music experience at the band stage in Carpenter Recreation Area. (880 New London Rd) Bring your picnic supper, blanket, or lawn chairs. Friends of White Clay Creek State Park will be there with a 50/50 fundraiser, food truck and beer garden for each Wednesday evening concert. Concert Hotline 302-368-6560. For more information, visit our Summer Concert Series pages on this site. White Clay Creek State Park

Yoga in the Park: Restorative Yoga

Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 6:30 PM

Join Julie Macedo of Well by Nature for a one-hour, all-levels restorative yoga and meditation class in the beautiful White Clay Creek State Park. This is a gentle yoga flow followed by meditation and is suitable for all-levels. Please come prepared with a yoga mat or towel. Drop-ins welcome. Meet at the Nature Center. $5 per person/class. Call 302-368-6900 to register.

Add to Calendar 8/8/2019 6:30:00 PM 8/8/2019 7:30:00 PM America/New_York Yoga in the Park: Restorative Yoga Join Julie Macedo of Well by Nature for a one-hour, all-levels restorative yoga and meditation class in the beautiful White Clay Creek State Park. This is a gentle yoga flow followed by meditation and is suitable for all-levels. Please come prepared with a yoga mat or towel. Drop-ins welcome. Meet at the Nature Center. $5 per person/class. Call 302-368-6900 to register. White Clay Creek State Park

Featured Program: Harmony Hike

Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 7:00 PM

Join us for a silent hike just before sunset as we listen to the sounds of nature with heightened senses. This is a meditation hike to enjoy the forest and fields in quiet contemplation. Meet at Chambers Rock parking lot; pre-registration is required. Free

Add to Calendar 8/10/2019 7:00:00 PM 8/10/2019 8:30:00 PM America/New_York Featured Program: Harmony Hike Join us for a silent hike just before sunset as we listen to the sounds of nature with heightened senses. This is a meditation hike to enjoy the forest and fields in quiet contemplation. Meet at Chambers Rock parking lot; pre-registration is required. Free White Clay Creek State Park

Harmony Hike

Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 7:00 PM

Join us for silent hike just before sunset, as we listen to the sounds of nature with our heightened senses. This is designated as ameditation hike to enjoy the forest and fields in quiet contemplation. Meet at Chambers Rock Parking Lot. Free with paid entrance fee. Space is limited; please call to register 302-368-6900.

Add to Calendar 8/10/2019 7:00:00 PM 8/10/2019 8:30:00 PM America/New_York Harmony Hike Join us for silent hike just before sunset, as we listen to the sounds of nature with our heightened senses. This is designated as ameditation hike to enjoy the forest and fields in quiet contemplation. Meet at Chambers Rock Parking Lot. Free with paid entrance fee. Space is limited; please call to register 302-368-6900. White Clay Creek State Park

Camp Awesome - FULL

Monday, August 12, 2019 at 9:00 AM

This camp is full. Please select another camp.

Add to Calendar 8/12/2019 9:00:00 AM 8/16/2019 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Camp Awesome - FULL This camp is full. Please select another camp. White Clay Creek State Park

CANCELLED - Yoga in the Park: Moved by Nature-Primal Flow

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 6:30 PM

This program is cancelled. Please check out our other programs.

Add to Calendar 8/13/2019 6:30:00 PM 8/13/2019 7:30:00 PM America/New_York CANCELLED - Yoga in the Park: Moved by Nature-Primal Flow This program is cancelled. Please check out our other programs. White Clay Creek State Park

Chorduroy

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 6:30 PM

Join us for our Summer Concert Series, a lively and outdoor music experience at the band stage in Carpenter Recreation Area. (880 New London Rd) Bring your picnic supper, blanket, or lawn chairs. Friends of White Clay Creek State Park will be there with a 50/50 fundraiser, food truck and beer garden for each Wednesday evening concert. Concert Hotline 302-368-6560. For more information, visit our Summer Concert Series pages on this site.

Add to Calendar 8/14/2019 6:30:00 PM 8/14/2019 8:30:00 PM America/New_York Chorduroy Join us for our Summer Concert Series, a lively and outdoor music experience at the band stage in Carpenter Recreation Area. (880 New London Rd) Bring your picnic supper, blanket, or lawn chairs. Friends of White Clay Creek State Park will be there with a 50/50 fundraiser, food truck and beer garden for each Wednesday evening concert. Concert Hotline 302-368-6560. For more information, visit our Summer Concert Series pages on this site. White Clay Creek State Park

Yoga in the Park: Restorative Yoga

Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 6:30 PM

Join Julie Macedo of Well by Nature for a one-hour, all-levels restorative yoga and meditation class in the beautiful White Clay Creek State Park. This is a gentle yoga flow followed by meditation and is suitable for all-levels. Please come prepared with a yoga mat or towel. Drop-ins welcome. Meet at the Nature Center. $5 per person/class. Call 302-368-6900 to register.

Add to Calendar 8/15/2019 6:30:00 PM 8/15/2019 7:30:00 PM America/New_York Yoga in the Park: Restorative Yoga Join Julie Macedo of Well by Nature for a one-hour, all-levels restorative yoga and meditation class in the beautiful White Clay Creek State Park. This is a gentle yoga flow followed by meditation and is suitable for all-levels. Please come prepared with a yoga mat or towel. Drop-ins welcome. Meet at the Nature Center. $5 per person/class. Call 302-368-6900 to register. White Clay Creek State Park

Park After Dark- Full Moon Friday Hike

Friday, August 16, 2019 at 8:00 PM

Join us each month on or near the full moon for a lovely night hike in the park. Free with paid entrance fee. Must pre-register by noon the Friday by calling 302-368-6900.

Add to Calendar 8/16/2019 8:00:00 PM 8/16/2019 9:00:00 PM America/New_York Park After Dark- Full Moon Friday Hike Join us each month on or near the full moon for a lovely night hike in the park. Free with paid entrance fee. Must pre-register by noon the Friday by calling 302-368-6900. White Clay Creek State Park

Adult Morning Hiking Series

Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 8:00 AM

This moderately difficult 2.2 mile Bryan’s Field Trail hike will meet the Smith Mill Road Lot kiosk. Dress for the weather and bring bottled water. Weather permitting. Call by noon on Friday to Register 302-368-6900. Free with park entrance fee.

Add to Calendar 8/17/2019 8:00:00 AM 8/17/2019 9:30:00 AM America/New_York Adult Morning Hiking Series This moderately difficult 2.2 mile Bryan’s Field Trail hike will meet the Smith Mill Road Lot kiosk. Dress for the weather and bring bottled water. Weather permitting. Call by noon on Friday to Register 302-368-6900. Free with park entrance fee. White Clay Creek State Park

Mountain Bike Skills Series: Complex/Advanced Trail Repairs/Advanced Skills

Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 6:30 PM

Join mountain biker Radley Miller for a small group mountain bike clinic followed by a short associated ride. This program is for complex/advanced trail repairs and advanced skills. Meet at Possum Hill parking lot, includes advanced skills trail rideMust be 18 years or older. Space is limited, advanced registration with payment is required by the preceding Wednesday at noon. Call 302-368-6900. $5 per person.

Add to Calendar 8/22/2019 6:30:00 PM 8/22/2019 8:30:00 PM America/New_York Mountain Bike Skills Series: Complex/Advanced Trail Repairs/Advanced Skills Join mountain biker Radley Miller for a small group mountain bike clinic followed by a short associated ride. This program is for complex/advanced trail repairs and advanced skills. Meet at Possum Hill parking lot, includes advanced skills trail rideMust be 18 years or older. Space is limited, advanced registration with payment is required by the preceding Wednesday at noon. Call 302-368-6900. $5 per person. White Clay Creek State Park

Panning for Creek Gems- Family program

Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 10:30 AM

Pan the creek for garnets, magnetite, and other shiny treasures! We will provide pie plates with holes in them for advanced registered participants. Water shoes and towel recommended. Cost is $6 per person (register by noon the Friday before and receive $1 discount). Call 302-368-6900

Add to Calendar 8/24/2019 10:30:00 AM 8/24/2019 11:30:00 AM America/New_York Panning for Creek Gems- Family program Pan the creek for garnets, magnetite, and other shiny treasures! We will provide pie plates with holes in them for advanced registered participants. Water shoes and towel recommended. Cost is $6 per person (register by noon the Friday before and receive $1 discount). Call 302-368-6900 White Clay Creek State Park

Monkeephiles

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at 6:30 PM

Rescheduled from an earlier date. Join us for our Summer Concert Series, a lively and outdoor music experience at the band stage in Carpenter Recreation Area. (880 New London Rd) Bring your picnic supper, blanket, or lawn chairs. Friends of White Clay Creek State Park will be there with a 50/50 fundraiser, food truck and beer garden for each Wednesday evening concert. Concert Hotline 302-368-6560. For more information, visit our Summer Concert Series pages on this site.

Add to Calendar 8/28/2019 6:30:00 PM 7/17/2019 8:30:00 PM America/New_York Monkeephiles Rescheduled from an earlier date. Join us for our Summer Concert Series, a lively and outdoor music experience at the band stage in Carpenter Recreation Area. (880 New London Rd) Bring your picnic supper, blanket, or lawn chairs. Friends of White Clay Creek State Park will be there with a 50/50 fundraiser, food truck and beer garden for each Wednesday evening concert. Concert Hotline 302-368-6560. For more information, visit our Summer Concert Series pages on this site. White Clay Creek State Park

The Newspaper Taxis

Monday, September 2, 2019 at 3:00 PM

Join us for our Summer Concert Series, a lively and outdoor music experience at the band stage in Carpenter Recreation Area. (880 New London Rd) Bring your picnic supper, blanket, or lawn chairs. Friends of White Clay Creek State Park will be there with a 50/50 fundraiser, food truck and beer garden for each Wednesday evening concert. Concert Hotline 302-368-6560. For more information, visit our Summer Concert Series pages on this site.

Add to Calendar 9/2/2019 3:00:00 PM 9/2/2019 5:00:00 PM America/New_York The Newspaper Taxis Join us for our Summer Concert Series, a lively and outdoor music experience at the band stage in Carpenter Recreation Area. (880 New London Rd) Bring your picnic supper, blanket, or lawn chairs. Friends of White Clay Creek State Park will be there with a 50/50 fundraiser, food truck and beer garden for each Wednesday evening concert. Concert Hotline 302-368-6560. For more information, visit our Summer Concert Series pages on this site. White Clay Creek State Park

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