Many visitors come to this park based on the fact it was once the estate of William DuPont, Jr. The tennis courts, arena, and stables remain intact. A lovely 2-mile trail meanders around the property affording sights of huge hardwoods and dainty spring-blooming wildflowers.
From the end parking lot, walk towards the tennis courts turning left prior to reaching them. This will place you on the bicycle trail. Hike around the barn coming to a trail intersection. Continue straight, at which point the trail ascends slightly coming to another trail junction. Bear right reaching the top of the hill where you'll bear right again. This brings you to a lovely shady road where towering sycamores and maples provide a secluded wooded setting whose silence is broken by birdsong. The road ends at an open meadow where you'll follow the path right. Once again, you'll enter woodland this time comprised of ancient red and black oaks, tulip poplars, and sweet gums. If hiking in the spring, be sure to slow your pace and look for the various wildflowers common to this region's woodland floor including trout lily, mayapple and the hard to spot jack-in-the-pulpit.
Follow the trail uphill to an open meadow where you'll notice a fork in the trail. Follow the path left along the woods' edge. This is a good spot for seeing red-winged blackbirds. Follow the trail left beyond the single sycamore tree coming upon another trail intersection. Bear right and hike approximately 100 yards to the path saddled with large shrubs. Turn left and retrace your steps back to the parking area.
Directions: From Wilmington, DE, Travel 4 miles north on Interstate 95. Take the Marsh Road exit. Turn left and travel across Marsh Road. Travel 0.5 mile and turn right at the park entrance. Once inside the park, travel 0.7 mile to the end parking lot.
Elevation: 5 feet
Elevation Gain: Minimal
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