Let’s get the downsides out of the way right at the top: Delaware State Parks charge entrance fees between March 1st and November 30th. And it’s more expensive if your license plate is out-of-state. Oh, and entrance fees are cash only. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
But if you can manage to scrounge up $8 in rumpled bills, White Clay Creek State Park is a great place for a day hike. The park has many miles of intersecting and looping trails on both sides of White Clay Creek, which is broad, shallow, full of trout, and really very beautiful (despite what my mid-winter photography would lead you to believe). The various trails carry you along sandy paths at the creek’s shore, or through rolling forests and steep, piney woods.
There’s plenty of activities to do here, including fishing, biking, horseback riding, and disc golf. The park also includes several historical monuments, marking the intersections of Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland, and commemorating the work surveyors Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon performed in this area to establish the early colonies’ boundaries.
Last updated: March 17 2016