White Clay Creek—Del. & Pa. from 13 Easy Winter Hikes

13 Easy Winter Hikes

Courtesy of Carl Ewald
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White Clay Creek—Del. & Pa.

Less than an hour’s drive from Philly and only half an hour from Wilmington, Del., White Clay Creek State Park and Preserve is a rustic respite from city. Carl Ewald, founder of Philadelphia-based TerraMar Adventures recommends the Penndel trail, a converted rail trail along the creek that begins on the Pennsylvania side. “There are other trails in the park,” he said, “but, this is the prettiest.” This graded out-and-back affords wooded views of the frozen creek and has mile markers so hikers can choose when to turn around. “If hikers are up to longer hikes, at just over 3 miles you will cross over the border into Delaware,” said Ewald. “There is a nice loop extension in Delaware. Continuing straight along the trail will take you through alternating woods, meadows and farm fields until you reach the visitors center. You can return along a trail that follows the bank of the river back to the Pennsylvania border.” On your drive back to Philly he recommends stopping by Vala Vineyards, “a little winery that has a great tasting with cheese in a beautiful setting.”