Joe del Tufo
When Ezio Reynaud decided to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, he didn’t look far for training grounds. He hiked the Northern Delaware Greenway Trail and in Brandywine Creek State Park.
“There are so many trails that intersect with each other—and that’s what I like about it,” Reynaud says. “Some are very flat, and some are more difficult. You have to walk on and around rocks.”
The hard work paid off. “By the time I got to Kilimanjaro, my legs never got tired,” he says.
Not everyone on Delaware’s trails is going to climb Kilimanjaro, but they are on a quest of sorts. Some are taking the Delaware State Park Trails Challenge, which gives them a year to hike five to 15 trails for awards. Many just want to be outdoors—whether on their own two feet, two tires or four hooves. “Our park system is awesome in Delaware, making some accessible to all abilities and disabilities, providing everyone opportunities to be exposed to Mother Nature,” says Beverly Dennett of North Wilmington.
The state park system offers more than 150 miles of trail, but there are many other places to bike and hike. Here are eight Delaware trails—and more like them—to try this year. [Note that distances may vary depending on where you start and stop.]