6 Hikes Around Delaware With Waterfall Views

Seeking the therapeutic sounds of flowing water? These hikes around Delaware feature trickling streams and waterfall views.

There’s something calming about the sounds of flowing water. Water is even used in multiple methods of alternative healing. Whether it’s a rippling creek or a flowing river, hiking along the water is a great stress reliever. If you’re seeking waterfall views, check out these trails around Delaware.

Brandywine Branch Trail 

Brandywine Park | Wilmington

This 2.7-mile out-and-back trail in Wilmington is ideal for those seeking an easy hike with incredible views. With plenty of paved trailway, this is an ideal route for walking a dog or a taking a leisurely stroll with friends. You’ll pass plenty of trickling water and a couple of small but scenic waterfall views.

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Alapocas Woods Trail

Alapocas Run State Park | Wilmington

Compared to the Brandywine Branch trail, this hike is a bit more rugged. Generally considered moderately challenging, this trail offers some of the most stunning views in Northern Delaware. Go off-trail just a bit to catch the Bancroft waterfalls and blue rock cliffs.

Blue Ball Barn to Brandywine Creek Trail

Alapocas Run State Park | Wilmington

Looking for a longer hiking trail? Try walking from the Blue Ball Barn to Brandywine Creek via the Northern Delaware Greenway Trail. Enjoy the rock crossing at Alapocas Run, stunning bridges and some waterfall views on this four-mile walk.

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Newlin Grist Mill Park Loop

Newlin Grist Mill Park | Glen Mills, PA

Just over the line in Glen Mills, enjoy the Newlin Grist Mill Park Loop. A three-mile loop with stunning views, this trail is great for hiking, running and walking. Be aware of the weather before hiking this trail, which has very little paving and can get muddy quickly. The waterfall views are stunning, and the rich history of the property makes it an ideal hike.

Gilpin’s Falls Trail

North East, MD

A Maryland loop just under two miles, the Gilpin’s Falls Trail is perfect for those seeking the sounds of trickling water and cascading streams. Only about a 30-minute drive from Wilmington, this Maryland trail is great for hiking and walking. The trail is fairly secluded and quiet, with plenty of parking at Cecil College. Some hikers warn that this trail is sparsely marked and overgrown in places, but it’s still an ideal view for experienced hikers.


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Valley Walk: Crum Woods

Swarthmore, PA 

Another longer hike with plenty of satisfying views, this trail over the line in Swarthmore is ideal for hikers of any skill level. This out-and-back trail is largely paved and stays along the roads, but there are plenty of off-trails to choose from if you want to explore the scenery.

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