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In Delaware, the New Outdoor Trail Gives Visitors Endless Pathways to Natural Beauty

April 14, 2014 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

Visitors to Delaware this spring can be among the first to explore the state’s new Outdoor Trail, the latest in the Delaware Tourism Office’s collection of visitor-friendly trails that offer travelers a methodical, convenient and fun way to explore top attractions, while also potentially winning a prize as they check off their trail “passports.”

Set to launch on Earth Day 2014, the Outdoor Trail is a collection of dozens of activities at back-to-nature locations in all three counties – New Castle, Kent and Sussex. The trail is organized into four major types of adventures, each chosen to suit travelers’ personal preferences in outdoor escape:

  • Biking
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Water activities
  • Walking/Hiking/Running

Modeled after the Delaware Tourism Office’s four other successful trails —CulinaryWine & AleGeocaching and History — this initiative aims to increase out-of-state visitation, encourage physical activity and raise awareness of Delaware’s natural beauty.

Thanks to its easy-to-access location on the Eastern Seaboard close to major metropolitan areas, airports and interstates, Delaware offers hikers, walkers and runners perfect pathways to discovery – it has even been named as one of the most walkable and bikeable states in America.

Included in the trail are such scenic sites as:

  • Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge (one of the world’s major feeding grounds for migrating shorebirds. Keep an eye out for the Red Knots gorging on horseshoe crab eggs in spring);
  • Trap Pond State Park (where visitors can kayak around the nation’s northernmost stand of bald cypress trees);
  • Cape Henlopen State Park (a seaside paradise of dunes, beaches and Atlantic Ocean vistas);
  • Lums Pond State Park (where visitors can “Go Ape!” in the treetops and ride a 700-foot zipline across the water).

Participants can pick their flavor of adventure from’s roster of activities and, if they wish, challenge themselves to completing the Outdoor Trail Challenge – those who complete five activities in each county and log their accomplishments on their Outdoor Trail Passport will be eligible for a special prize.

The possibilities for adventure are abundant, from Southern Delaware’s peaceful bays and beaches to the rolling hills of New Castle County. Imagine a glorious evening, paddling kayaks silently across Indian River Bay into the setting sun. Find a perch high in the treetops at Lums Pond, ready to fly on the zipline across the sparkling water. Take a moment to escape from the civilized world’s chaos and soak in the peaceful silence at a wildlife refuge, watching shorebirds on their timeless coastal journeys.

As part of their Outdoor Trail adventure, visitors are encouraged to use the resources at to plan a more immersive trip to Delaware – exploring the grand DuPont mansions and estates, stopping by one of the breweries on the Delaware Wine & Ale Trail for a quick pint, or just reading a good book with their toes in the sand.’s databases are also designed to help travelers find the best lodging options and discover some of the many festivals and special events that occur year-round in Delaware. Visitors also can explore the website’s database of transportation options, ranging from Frontier Airlines (at Wilmington-Philadelphia Airport), to statewide DART bus routes, to the Cape May-Lewes Ferry that sails regularly across the Delaware Bay to New Jersey (both the ferry and buses are bicycle-friendly).

While they’re here, visitors can also use to take advantage of the state’s tax-free shopping, especially the brand-name bargains at the Tanger Outlets near Rehoboth Beach, the boutiques of Delaware’s beach towns and small towns, and the upscale shops of Christiana Mall.

On the Web Media Contact Eric Ruth

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