James F. Hall Trail

The James F. Hall Trail is a popular 1.7-mile cross-town pedestrian and bicycle trail in downtown Newark, Delaware. The 8' wide hard surface pathway is lighted for 24-hour use and is equipped with emergency call boxes. The trail passes through three city parks, over two streams, through a pristine wetland area, and by the Old Newark Train Station, the home to the Newark Historic Society. It links residential neighborhoods, University of Delaware student housing, the Delaware Technology Park, and a shopping center.

photo: JFH at Lewis Park Bridge. Photo by Charlie Emerson. Type: Greenway, Rail Trail, Urban Trail
Length: 1.70 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (on pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Roller/Inline Skating
Wildlife Observation
Agency: City, Town, or County
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: Newark, Delaware, In Newark south of the University alongside railroad tracks, Library Street west to Phillips Park.

States: Delaware
Counties: New Castle
Latitude: 39.6688   Longitude: -75.76137

In Newark S of the University alongside RR tracks, Library St. W to Phillips Park.

Description

The 8' wide hard surface pathway is equipped with Emergency Call Boxes linked directly to the Newark Police Department Dispatch Cente. The trail passes through three City parks which feature several active recreation facilities, a pristine wetland area, footbridge crossings of two streams and passes by the Old Newark Train Station which is home to the Newark Historic Society. It is also directly accessible to residential neighborhoods, University of Delaware student housing units and child care facility, the Delaware Technology Park and a shopping center. Several local service, non-profit organizations and university student groups utilize all or parts of the trail for run/walk fundraising events. The City of Newark partnered with the University of Delaware, Delaware's Department of Transportation and Department of Natural Recourses and Environmental Control to make the project happen.



A second connecting trail is in the final planning stages now. Construction will likely begin in the spring of 2010. This new trail will connect to the Hall Trail and proceed north, through Newark's downtown district, and continue on to empty into the White Clay Creek State Park and its trail system.

Additional Details

Width: 96 inches.
Primary Surface: Asphalt
Secondary Surface: Asphalt
Boardwalk

Average Grade: %
Elevation Low Point: 120
Elevation High Point: 125
Year Designated: 2010

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: James Hall Trail web page from American Trails

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Newark Parks and Recreation
220 Elkton Road
Newark , DE 19711
(302) 366-7060
http://www.cityofnewarkde.us

 

Photos

JFH at Lewis Park Bridge. Photo by Charlie Emerson.

JFH at Lewis Park Bridge. Photo by Charlie Emerson.

JFH at Bradford Lane. Photo by Charlie Emerson.

JFH at Bradford Lane. Photo by Charlie Emerson.

 

JFH at Chapel Street. Photo by Charlie Emerson.

JFH at Chapel Street. Photo by Charlie Emerson.

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