Northern Delaware Greenway Trail - Wilmington

Beginning in Bellevue State Park, at the Cauffiel House, and winding its way up through north Wilmington continuing into downtown Wilmington along the Brandywine Creek. The Northern Delaware Greenway Trail is a regional recreational and transportation asset. It connects recreational, historic, and natural resources, while providing the community with a safe place to be active.

photo: Hikers in Alapocas Run State Park Type: Mountain Bike Trail
Nature Trail
Urban Trail
Length: 7.22 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (on pavement), Bicycling (off pavement), Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running, Roller/Inline Skating, Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Agency: Nonprofit
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Location: Spans multiple park locations throughout northern New Castle County, DE, including; Wilmington State Parks, Alapocas Run State Park, Bellevue State Park, Rockwood Park, and Bringhurst Woods Park.
States: Delaware
Counties: New Castle
Latitude: 39.7764   Longitude: -75.54549

In Alapocas Run State Park the trailhead is located at the Blue Ball Barn(75°32'45"W 39°46'34"N) and East Park Drive (75°32'21"W 39°46'46"N) parking lots. In Bellevue State Park the trailhead is from the main parking lot off of Marsh Road (75°29'49"W 39°46'42"N) and from the Cauffiel House parking lot off of Philadelphia Pike (75°29'16"W 39°46'39"N). In Brandywine Park the trailhead is from the Josaphine parking lot off of North Park Drive (75°32'55"W 39°45'15"N).


The Northern Delaware Greenway Trail, constructed in segment with the most recent section, was completed in 2009. The trail links existing parks between the Delaware River and the Brandywine River. The purpose of the greenway trail is to help protect water quality, safeguard historic and cultural resources, improve air quality, maintain plant and animal biodiversity, sustain and enhance Delaware's scenic beauty, and provide space for recreation and active transportation. The trail serves many people in the greater Wilmington area, giving residents in nearby neighborhoods easy access to park land.
Trail stewards serve an important role in maintaining the Northern Delaware Greenway Trail. The trail stewards are the eyes-and-ears for the trail managers. They assist trail users with directions and advice, promote use of the trail, report trail conditions, and assess visitor needs and safety concerns. All trail stewards are volunteers and they choose their own time to perform their service. In return they receive an identification badge, gear, and free entrance into all Delaware State Parks.
Linked together by the trail, Bellevue State Park, Bringhurst Woods, Rockwood Park, Alapocas Run State Park, and Brandywine Park, are the trail's foundation.
In Brandywine Park, the trail is a wide, paved surface. Trail users can take in views of the Brandywine River, Jasper Crane Rose Garden, or use the trail to walk to the Brandywine Zoo. A connecting trail leads along Kentmere Parkway to the Delaware Art Museum and Rockford Park.
In Alapocas Run State Park, the trail is wide and may have a crushed stone or paved surface. Trail users can experience Piedmont forests and streams, open spaces, historic features, and recreation areas. Connecting pathways lead from Rockland Road to West Park Drive, Augustine Cut-off to West Park Drive, and Rockford Road to Hill Road.
In Bellevue State Park, the trail is a wide, paved surface. Bike rentals are available at Bellevue State Park, and a special adaptive tricycle is available for teenagers and adults with disabilities. From the Cauffiel House, a Colonial revival-style home, catch panoramic views of the Delaware River and Fox Point State Park. The trail passes historic Mount Pleasant Meeting House and Parsonage, and Bellevue Hall mansion and its gardens which was the former estate of William H. DuPont, Jr. Follow the trail as it winds through wooded areas, fields, and over brooks. The trail connects to the former horse track, now a popular walking oval. A connector trail begins on Carr Road at the Corporate Center entrance, continuing along Carr Road and into Bellevue State Park.
The trail crosses Marsh Road then enters Bringhurst Woods Park eventually leading into Rockwood Park. From Rockford Park, along Washington Street, connector trails lead to the Rockwood Museum, a Gothic revival-style home built by Joseph Shipley, a Quaker merchant banker.

Additional Details

Width: 120 inches.
Primary Surface: Asphalt
Secondary Surface: Crushed Rock

Average Grade: 5%
Elevation Low Point: 3
Elevation High Point: 290
Year Designated: 2013

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Map: Map of land ownership along the Northern Delaware
Website: Trails in Alapocas Run State Park
Website: Trails in Bellevue State Park
Website: Trails in Wilmington State Parks

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.

Public Contact:
James Wagner
Park Administrator
Delaware State Parks
1021 West 18th Street
Wilmington , DE 19802
(302) 577-7020

Trail Management:
Avery Dunn
Delaware State Parks
89 Kings Highway
Dover , DE 19904
(302) 739-9207



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