Description - The lush greenery and sparkling streams of White Clay Creek State Park offer a refreshing change of pace from the encroaching urban development of New Castle County. Whether it's an activity at the Carpenter Recreation Area, a retreat into the pristine White Clay Creek Preserve, a hike along the peaceful trails of Possum Hill, or just a few hours of fishing in the creek, visitors of all ages will enjoy the natural beauty of the White Clay Valley.
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White Clay Creek State Park
White Clay Creek State Park was created in 1968 when the state purchased 24 acres of land. The park has since grown to almost 2,500 scenic acres in the continuing effort to preserve and protect the natural resources of the valley.
- Of the many activities available at the White Clay Creek State Park, hiking is one of the most popular. Twenty miles of trails lead explorers to scenic vistas overlooking lush valleys and impressive rock outcrops. Explore the Millstone Trail where grindstones were once quarried from the exposed boulders or get an active workout on the Lifecourse Fitness Trail. Hikers can also stroll though history at White Clay Creek. The Logger's Trail chronicles the history of lumbering in the area while the Twin Valley Trail leads hikers to the Arc Corner Monument, which marks one end of the curved boundary between Pennsylvania and Delaware. Traveling through rolling farm land and mature stands of beech and oak, Possum Hill hikers will discover the monument marking the point used by the famous survey team to establish the beginning of the Mason-Dixon Line.
White Clay Creek State Park offers a variety of other activities throughout the year. The Nature Center hosts a number of interesting and educational interpretive programs. Many outdoor activities are also available at the park, including bird-watching and disc golf.
A large picnic area and pavilion afford a special place for a barbecue with family and friends. Evening concerts and other special events provide entertainment throughout the summer. Sledding and cross-country skiing are among the many wintertime activities available at the park.
Recreation - Hiking, horseback riding, picnicking, fishing, camping and nature study are enjoyed at the 3,320-acre park.
Climate - The Chesapeake and Delaware Bays moderate Delaware's climate. The state experiences four distinct seasons. Winter can be bitterly cold. Highs during this season average near freezing with low temperatures near 0 degrees F. Spring comes to this region in mid to late March. This is a pleasant time to visit with moderate temperatures and low humidity. Summer brings temperatures ranging from 80 to 90 degrees F. Humidity is highest inland with ocean breezes cooling the shoreline. Fall brings cooler temperatures and low humidity. The forested regions of the state often have brilliant foliage displays.
White Clay Creek State Park: The Carpenter Recreation Area entrance is located about two miles northwest of Newark on Delaware Route 896.