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Delaware Mountain Bike Trails

Best Summer Bike Rides in Delaware

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White Clay Creek State Park in the summer is one of the best places for a refreshing mountain bike ride along a sparkling creek that is protected under the National Wild and Scenic River system.

Southern Delaware by bicycle is a cycling adventure for history and nature lovers in ny season. Pedal along quiet backroads, bicycle paths and routes that wind miles of ocean beaches, pristine nature preserves and historic seafaring towns.

Lums Pond State Park, located in Newscatle County, DE on the north side of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, is built around the largest freshwater pond in Delaware. For reflections of Autumn, it's a wonderful place for a family bike trip or to take a beginner mountain biking.

Delaware may be the nation's second smallest state but it takes the number 3 spot in the nation's list of top bike friendly states. It may very well move into first position -- apropos for the FIrst State. There are approximately 506 miles of public trails and 13,507 lane miles of roads and highways to set your bike tires on.

Mountain biking and cycling in Delaware is all about "connections". Since 1990, the Delaware Greenway and Trails Program has worked to encourage and establish a web of recreational trail corridors that link state parks, wildlife areas, cultural sites and historical sites.

New Castle County, in Northern Delaware includes Wilmington and Newark. Mountain biking has long been a popular activity in New Castle County. The terrain is generally rolling, and most of the best places to mountain bike in Northern Delaware are located here.

White Clay Creek State Park, the largest state park in the trail system with over 35 miles of trails for mountain biking, hiking and other outdoor activities is a popular Northern Delaware destination. You can bicycle from the Judge Morris Estate Area of the park, through county-owned Middle Run Valley Natural Area to connect to the Possum Hill area of the park.

The 14 mile long Chesapeake and Delaware (C & D) Canal stretches across the top of the Delmarva peninsula and connects the Chesapeake Bay and the Port of Baltimore to the Delaware River. Scenic wetlands and the surrounding natural areas line both sides of the canal and provide important wildlife habitat and opportunities for a myriad of recreational activities including mountain biking and cycling on under-used roadways and paths. The Chesapeake & Delaware Canal Wildlife Area contains a large network of unmarked trails along the C&D Canal and also connects Delaware City with Lums Pond State Park where you can find 10 miles of nice easy riding on multi-use trails that circumnavigate the largest freshwater Pond in the state.

In Central Delaware, Kent County, located at the northern end of the Eastern Shore, includes Delaware’s capital city of Dover. At the green, in the center of Dover, colonial delegates were the first to ratify the United States Constitution, making Delaware “The First State" in the union. The topography of the area is generally flat farmland dotted with small Amish settlements, and historic villages. Quiet, back country roads bekon the mountain biker and cyclist to explore quiet back country lanes and dirt roads through Kent County's Amish farm country. Get a taste of Amish heritage and stop to sample home-made ice cream, fudge, hand-made crafts and folk art.

Sussex County in Southern Delaware is noted for sand, surf, beach resort towns, natural areas, and historic fishing and shipbuilding communities. For mountain biking at the beach, the relatively new Junction and Breakwater Trail at Cape Henlopen State Park located on the Delaware Bay, provides easy scenic riding with outstanding views of the coastal wetlands.

The Southern Delaware Heritage Trail, Delaware's only recognized heritage cycling trail, covers more than 130 miles of flatland bicycling in a big loop around Sussex County. There are numerous points of interest along the way for the road cyclist.

You know the expression "Good things come in small packages?" That describes mountain biking in Delaware. If you want to expand your horizons, just across the state line in Maryland, some excellent mountain biking trails can be found at Fair Hill NRMA.

 

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