One of the reasons I fell in love with the University of Delaware was its proximity to nature. The endless natural trails and well maintained paths allow me to escape the buzz of UD and clear my mind.
Here are my favorite trails within walking distance of campus, along with some places that I have yet to explore.
White Clay Creek State Park
The park backs up to Laird Campus and has trails starting off of N College Ave. The creek that runs through the entirety of the park is lined on either side by dirt trails and paved roads, with bridges crossing to connect the paths. There are also many creek-side areas to spend time soaking up the sun or taking a quick dip. My favorite ways to spend time in White Clay Creek State Park include going on long runs, and journaling by the creek. Occasionally in the summer, I’ll jump in for a cold plunge.
There are so many historical landmarks and trailheads throughout the park, and combined with the extensive space of the state park, it is the perfect place to visit when in need of a break.
The Newark Reservoir has a 1.8 mile paved trail surrounding the reservoir, and an approximately 1 mile paved path directly around the body of water. It is perfect for lounging around in the grassy areas surrounding the reservoir, and I enjoy sunset walks around the top loop. The slight elevation that the path has makes for a great view of the sun setting above Newark. It is ideal for sunset because of its loop design, so you will not be in a remote area after dark.
There is also a playground at the base of the reservoir, and its paved trails make for a great outdoor experience for all ages.
Rittenhouse Park is located near South Campus, with wooden trails and access to the Christiana Creek. It has nearly 2 miles of trails, and visitors say that sitting on the stones creekside and soaking your feet is a great way of relaxing after the short hike.
Parks in the Newark Area
There is a long list of public parks in the Newark area within walking distance of dorms and student houses. Kells, Lewis, and Hillside Park surround campus and provide a place to be outside. Our campus also provides a unique green space that is an easy way to spend extra time outdoors.
There are endless amounts of other outdoor trails and recreational areas further from campus, so if you are able, hiking around nearby Maryland and other parts of Delaware has been a great way to get to know the area better. Taking advantage of the outdoor spaces Delaware has started with the trails and parks near our campus.
Written by GUADS intern Kate, with contributions from newarkde.gov