Pomeroy and Newark Rail Trail

The Pomeroy and Newark Rail Trail is a year round accessible paved pathway that runs north-south in Newark and in White Clay Creek State Park on an independent right-of-way of the former Pomeroy Railroad. It connects to the James F. Hall Trail (a designated National Recreation Trail), which runs east-west in Newark along the Amtrak Rail corridor, and also connects to the network of trails in White Clay Creek State Park.

photo: Type: Mountain Bike Trail
Nature Trail
Rail Trail
Urban Trail
Length: 4.18 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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Directions

Location: Connects White Clay Creek State Park, DE with the city of Newark's James F. Hall Trail, a designated National Recreation Trail. Portions run along White Clay Creek, a designated National Wild & Scenic River, and through the city of Newark, Delaware.
States: Delaware
Counties: New Castle
Latitude: 39.71282   Longitude: -75.77622

To access the northern end of the trail, from Newark take DE 896 to Hopkins Road. Parking is at White Clay Creek State Park Nature Center and the trailhead is off of Hopkins Road (75°45'52"W 39°43'30"N). Access to the southern end is from the James F. Hall Trail in Newark, with a trailhead off of Library Ave (75°44'08"W 39°40'42"N). There are also various access points along the trail within the city of Newark including Main Street and the downtown business district.

Description

The Pomeroy and Newark Rail Trail opened on September 10, 2012 after 10 years in the making. The trail follows the route of the former Pomeroy Railroad that was abandoned in 1939. It is a fully paved, accessible, and lighted pathway that is open year round. The trail includes three information kiosks to inform the public of the rail line’s history. The trail runs north-south starting in White Clay Creek State Park at Hopkins Road and ends when it connects to the James F. Hall Trail, which runs east-west in Newark. The Pomeroy Trail is an urban trail that eventually blends into the natural setting of White Clay Creek State Park.
The Pomeroy and Newark Rail Trail is a means to encourage physical fitness, increase trail-related recreation, relieve traffic congestion and possibly even draw some large-scale public events to the area. The trail is a way to improve pedestrian safety and mobility in Newark and the surrounding area and to promote cycling and non-motorized transportation. The trail connects to the Newark Transit Center at Main Street where the public can travel by bus to surrounding cities and towns. The trail runs adjacent to the University of Delaware Laird Campus which gives students easy access to the trail and park system. It can serve a million people who live within 20 miles of the trail, from the families who want to take a trip to the park, to the students who want to get to class on time. The trail provides a great opportunity for community members to get out of their cars and to put on their walking or running shoes.
The Pomeroy and Newark Rail Trail is crucial in providing a connection between city parks, Newark's central business district, the University of Delaware, and White Clay Creek State Park. The long term plan is to eventually use the trail to connect local parks, including the former Curtis Paper Mill Park, currently being designed for development, the Newark Reservoir and William M. Redd, Jr. Park. The trail is the back bone of a 75 mile network of trials located in greater Newark.
The Pomeroy and Newark Rail Trail cost $4.7 million, 80 percent of which was funded through the Transportation Enhancement Program supported by Senator Tom Carper. Project partners included the City of Newark, Department of Transportation, University of Delaware, Division of Parks and Recreation, University Courtyard Apartments, and Delaware Transit Corporation. Project design was done by Pennoni Associates Inc., and project construction was completed by Merit Construction Engineers.

Additional Details

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

Average Grade: 4%
Elevation Low Point: 71
Elevation High Point: 118
Year Designated: 2013

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:
Nicholas McFadden
Park Superintendent
Delaware State Parks
425 Wedgewood Road
Newark , DE 19711
(302) 368-6900
Nicholas.Mcfadden@state.de.us

Trail Management:
Charlie Emerson
Director
City of Newark
220 Elkton Road
Newark , DE 19711
(302) 366-7060
cemerson@newark.de.us

Trail Management:
Avery Dunn
Delaware State Parks
89 Kings Highway
Dover , DE 19904
(302) 739-9207
avery.dunn@state.de.us

 

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