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Featured National Recreation Trails

A sampling of National Recreation Trails in the news or recently designated. The NRT program showcases the diversity of trails across America, from our cities and suburbs to the deserts, waterways, and high mountains.


National Recreation Trails... America's great trails!

Every kind of trail activity is represented in the listing of designated NRTs. Besides hiking and bicycling, the system includes water trails, motorized routes, snow tracks, greenways, and equestrian paths.

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Trail building in DEl. State Parks (photo by David Bartoo)

Hagley Museum Trail System The Hagley Museum Trail is rich in American Industrial Revolution history. The du Pont’s founded their empire on this site as a gunpowder manufacturer in 1802. As the birthplace of the DuPont Company, the museum trail commemorates Delaware’s historical contribution to industry and technology. Overlooking the scenic Brandywine River, the outdoor museum walking trails guide patrons through the ruins of the original black powder mills as well as beatifully restored duPont family homes.


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.


Junction and Breakwater Trail in the Cape Henlopen State Park, follows a 4-mile section of the former Penn Central railroad between Lewes and Rehoboth Beach. The trail is essential in connecting the two communities and gives residents and visitors an alternative to driving a vehicle. This in turn promotes physical activity and reduces traffic congestion, especially during the busy summer months. Interpretive signs along the way provide information about the area’s plant and animal life (designated 2013).


Northern Delaware Greenway Trail – Brandywine Creek This 2.5-milesection of the trail in Brandywine Creek State Park connects recreational, historic, and natural resources, while providing the community with a safe place to be active. Trail users can experience Piedmont wooded landscapes, spring wildflowers, and wildlife, view unique geologic features, and picnic, fish, and canoe along Brandywine Creek (designated 2013).


Northern Delaware Greenway Trail – Wilmington This 7.22-mile section of the trail links parks in northern New Castle County between the Delaware River and the Brandywine River. A regional recreational and transportation asset, the trail serves many people in the greater Wilmington area, giving residents in nearby neighborhoods easy access to park land.  The trail also safeguards historic, cultural, and natural resources, sustaining and enhancing Delaware's scenic beauty (designated 2013).


Pinelands Nature Trail The Pinelands Nature Trail is nestled behind the great dunes along the Atlantic Ocean and meanders through two distinctly different natural landscape features: dry, shifting sand dunes and low-lying wetland cranberry bogs. Both unusual flora and windswept pine woods add character to this natural environment. The trail is part of Cape Henlopen State Park. The park and its natural features are defined by the Atlantic Ocean, Delaware Bay and Cape Henlopen itself, a spit of land jutting into Delaware Bay where it meets the Atlantic Ocean (designated 1981).


Pomeroy and Newark Rail Trail This rail-trail provides a crucial connection between Newark's central business district, city parks, the University of Delaware, and White Clay Creek State Park. A million people live within 20 miles of the trail, from families who want to take a trip to the park to students who want to get to class on time. The 4.18-mile trail improves pedestrian safety and mobility, promotes cycling and non-motorized transportation, relieves traffic congestion, and encourages physical fitness (designated 2013).


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