Outdoor Recreation

Year-Round Action & Fun

Enjoy the best of Delaware’s natural habitats

No matter the season, Delaware residents can enjoy a wide array of outdoor recreational activities. From our intricate greenway system, bike trails and pristine state parks and beaches, outdoor activities are easily accessible wherever you are in the state.

Explore the tabs below to learn more about outdoor recreation in Delaware.

The Bicycle Friendly State

A trail for every path

Cyclists in Delaware enjoy everything from rugged woodland trails to the easy-going beach rides of the south and hilly road workouts of the north. With the passage of the Bicycle Friendly Delaware Act of 2017, cycling in Delaware is safe, convenient and fun for all our residents and visitors.

Learn more about the Delaware Outdoor Trail for bicyclists.

Connecting Where You Want to Go

Empowering healthy lives

An ambitious program linking Delaware’s open spaces, recreation areas and historic sites, Delaware Greenways allow residents and visitors alike to easily navigate trails, pathways and scenic corridors, connecting the entire state.

Together, these pathways link and build communities while winding through some of the most beautiful scenery in Delaware.

Endless Possibilities

Home to 16 state parks and greenways

From elegant and historic mansions to camping, hiking and fishing, Delaware offers limitless opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts to get out and get going, just steps from where they live.

In Northern Delaware, our award-winning state parks offer a mix of outdoor activities and incredible history, including:

  • Bellevue State Park: Once an elegant estate of the prominent du Pont family, visitors to the park can enjoy the beautiful Bellevue Hall mansion, equestrian center, tennis courts, picturesque pond, as well as a large fitness track and miles of trails.
  • Brandywine Creek State Park: Situated on the Brandywine River, this former dairy farm is perfect for family outings year-round, offering areas for picnics, kite flying and some of the best sledding hills in the state.
  • Alapocas State Park: The 27,000 square-foot Can-Do Playground is the first Boundless PlaygroundTM in Delaware. The playground is designed to be accessible to every child regardless of physical, mental and sensory abilities. The park also offers top-rope rock climbing and repelling, as well as historic and cultural programming in the Blue Ball Barn.

Central Delaware is a birder’s paradise! Our Delaware Bay has more than 16,250 acres of wildlife refuge to observe native birds all year long.

  • Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge: The refuge offers visitors a 12-mile wildlife drive, five walking trails, three observation towers and a variety of nature and educational programs.
  • Killens Pond State Park: Year-round camping, a water park facility and numerous hiking and biking trails makes Killens Pond State Park ideal for active families.

Finally, along the coast of Southern Delaware, beach-lovers can soak up the sun on our state beaches:

  • Delaware Seashore State Park: This popular park includes ocean and bay beaches with a bathhouse for a fun-filled summer day trip. Brush off the sand and grab a seat at the Big Chill Beach Club and enjoy a 360-degree view of the Atlantic Ocean, Indian River Inlet and Indian River Bay.
  • Trap Pond State Park: One of Delaware’s most scenic state parks, Trap Pond State Park will transport visitors with its enchanting and unique bald cypress trees, which flourish in the park’s wetlands and make for an incredible canoe or kayaking trip.