These Are the Top Dog-Friendly Hiking Trails in Delaware

Looking for dog-friendly hikes in Delaware? Grab your leash and your favorite furry friends and hit these dog-friendly trails.

If you can’t wait to hit the trails with man’s best friend, here are 10 top-rated dog-friendly hiking trails to check out in Delaware, according to AllTrails. Add these dog-friendly hikes to your Delaware bucket list this spring and summer.

Most Delaware parks require dogs to be on a leash on hiking trails. Some parks may charge a fee for parking or entry. You can always find information about specific parks and trails online.

10. Tulip and Hidden Pond Trail

Brandywine Creek State Park

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For a quick dog-friendly hike near Wilmington, this 2.2-mile trail at Brandywine Creek State Park is perfect. Along with fresh air and a retreat from the city, you can also enjoy plenty of shady areas and stops along the creek for your dog to cool off.

9. Junction and Breakwater Trail

Cape Henlopen State Park

With 11.1 miles of trail to explore, this is a no-brainer for dog-friendly hikes in coastal Delaware. We recommend taking this one in sections with your furry friend. You’ll likely encounter plenty of others out and about on busier sections of the trail, but you can enjoy peace and quiet during slower times of day and throughout the off-season.

8. Chestnut Hill Trail

White Clay Creek State Park

Enjoy 3.5 miles of relatively flat hiking trail at White Clay Creek State Park. You’ll likely encounter a couple of fallen trees and may run into some bikes. Without too much elevation gain, this is a great spot to go for a run with your furry friend with some breaks to take in the views.

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7. Rocky Run Loop

Brandywine Creek State Park

This 3.2-mile loop is an ideal hour-long hike in northern Delaware. Just north of Wilmington, the trail offers stunning wooded views and an escape from the city. You and your furry friend will likely encounter some muddy areas, so prepare to wipe those paws before heading home.

6. Prickly Pear Trail

Delaware Seashore State Park

For a dog-friendly hike with water views, hit the Prickly Pear Trail at Delaware Seashore State Park. It typically takes about an hour to hike it, and it’s best enjoyed during the spring and summer.

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5. Lenape Loop South, Middle Run Natural Area

Middle Run Natural Area

Looking for a dog-friendly hike near Newark? Try the Lenape Loop at Middle Run Natural Area! This 4.6-mile loop is moderately difficult with some stream crossings and muddy areas, especially after rain. Plan on seeing plenty of wildlife and some smaller rock formations along the trail.

4. Alapocas Woods Trail

Alapocas Run State Park

This is an ideal trail for those seeking a quick hike with their dog. A 1.8-mile loop, it can typically be completed in less than an hour, and there’s plenty to see along the way. Plus, you’ll encounter some stunning rock formations.

3. Swamp Forest Trail

Lums Pond State Park

For a dog-friendly hike near Middletown, Lums Pond is ideal. Take your furry friend out to the Swamp Forest Trail. If you don’t mind a little mud, the scenic views of the woods and the pond are beyond worth it.

2. Brandywine Creek River Loop

Brandywine Creek State Park

This loop is perfect for bigger or high-energy dogs and moderately experienced hikers. While there’s plenty of flat trail to stroll along, you can also expect to cross a few streams and encounter muddy trails near the creek.

 

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1. Gordons Pond Trail

Cape Henlopen State Park

Coming in at number one on Delaware’s list of dog-friendly hiking trails is Gordon’s Pond Trail. This 6.4-mile trail offers views of Gordons Pond and the ocean at Cape Henlopen. With a flat path and plenty of sight to see, this is a top hike for you and your furry friend.

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