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White Clay Creek State Park, DE

Status: Open year round.
Max reservation window: Thu Jun 30 2016
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Come to White Clay Creek to escape the encroaching development of New Castle County. The park's lush greenery and sparkling streams offer a refreshing change of pace and countless opportunities for outdoor fun and relaxation.


Hiking is one of the most popular activities in the park. Thirty-seven miles of trails lead explorers to historic sites and scenic vistas overlooking lush valleys and impressive rock outcrops.Hikers and mountain bike riders can enjoy trails at Possum Hill and the Judge Morris Estate, or follow the Pomeroy Rail-Trail to the pedestrian bridge over White Clay Creek.


There are plenty of year-round activities available at White Clay Creek. The Nature Center hosts fun and interesting public programs, and visitors can enjoy outdoor activities such as fishing, birdwatching or disc golf. Families may take advantage of the large picnic area and pavilion for a reunion or to host a casual barbecue with friends, followed by an evening concert or other special event throughout the summer. Sledding and cross-country skiing are among the many winter activities available at the park.


Judge Morris Estate, Nature Center, Walter S. Carpenter Recreation Area

Nearby Attractions:

Deerfield Golf Course
University of Delaware
Auburn Heights
Downtown Newark – (many restaurants on Main Street)
White Clay Creek Preserve (Pennsylvania)

Alerts and Important Information
Entrance fee in effect March 1 – Nov. 30.
Park hours are 8 a.m. to sunset.

Rates: Please be advised, rates may vary for DE Residents vs. Non-Residents.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
39.71284, -75.77562
39°42'46"N, 75°46'32"W

The Carpenter Recreation Area is located Rt.896, 3 miles northwest of Newark. The physical address for the Carpenter Recreation Area is 880 New London Rd. (also known as Rt. 896), Newark, DE 19711

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

White Clay Creek State Park
425 Wedgewood Road
Newark  DE  19711

Phone Number:

Project Office: (302) 368-6900