Go Ape, Lums Pond State Park, Newark
Director of community outreach and marketing, The Nature Conservancy, Delaware Chapter
Dziembowska is an avid trail runner and mountain biker. She lives in Midtown Brandywine, so it’s easy for her to drop in along Brandywine Creek near the zoo and follow the trail to Alapocas State Park. “People don’t realize the amazing green space that is accessible to city residents,” says Dziembowska, who also recommends hitting the Northern Delaware Greenway Trail, which winds through a number of parks, including Rockwood, Bellevue and Fox Point.
Assistant director, Kent County Parks & Recreation
Sheppard says the county’s flagship park is Brecknock Park in Camden. Brecknock features a one-mile loop trail, sand volleyball courts and a large, wooden play structure called Picadilly Castle. Big Oak Park, along Del. 1 in Smyrna, offers 80 acres that are shared with the Delaware Aero Space Education Foundation, which operates an outpost building with a telescope. Sheppard notes that the softball fields at Big Oak have been called the best in the state.
Naturalist, Trap Pond State Park Nature Center
Robinson recommends Trap Pond’s Boundary and Loblolly Pine trails for biking, hiking and horseback riding, as well as Cypress Point, an area that offers great stargazing due to minimal light pollution. Trap Pond is well known for its stands of prehistoric-looking baldcypress trees jutting from the water. “It feels like you’re not in Delaware when you get back in the swamp,” says Robinson, who also enjoys hiking at the Barnes Woods Nature Preserve south of Seaford.