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Welcome to the official website of the Wilmington Trail Club!
 
The Wilmington Trail Club is an organization of people living in and around the Wilmington, Delaware area who participate in a variety of outdoor activities. The club began in 1939 and currently has over 1000 members.
 
The club schedules almost 400 events each year lasting from a few hours to several days for hiking, backpacking, kayaking, canoeing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, road cycling, and car and canoe camping. Most events are in Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, or Maryland. Some events extend to other parts of the U.S. (Virginia, New York, New Hampshire) and the World. Trip leaders are club members who contribute their time, expertise, and effort.
 
We invite non-members to try us out by participating in two activities (at no cost) of their choice before joining. Children 18 years or younger must be accompanied by an adult.
 
On this website you’ll find all kinds of information to help you understand these activities, answer questions, and get involved.  So please use the menu at the left to take a look around; we hope you like what you see! 

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State Park Fees

 Many of our events occur in nearby state parks, and some have entry fees.  Most of us find it cost effective to purchase a yearly or lifetime pass, if available.  Click on this link to view 2017 fee schedules.  Delaware parks only charge between March 1 and November 30.

 
Hike Across Delaware, 2018

The Wilmington Trail Club offers an annual 15-mile hike across the entire state in the fall. Our twenty-fourth Hike Across Delaware is scheduled for Saturday, November 3, 2018. We will meet at Battery Park in Delaware City at 8 am to check in and then board buses beginning at 8:45 for the ride to the starting point in North Chesapeake City. Delaware City public parking is available a block from Battery Park at 82 Washington Street.  We will hike along the north side of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal. The route lies mainly on land designated as the Canal Wildlife Zone. At the 10-mile checkpoint, St. Georges, light refreshments and rest rooms will be available as well as provisions to transport people back to their cars, if necessary.

East of St. Georges, the route leaves the canal, enters the woods, and circles a marina. Then, it returns to the canal and continues toward historic Delaware City along Clinton Street. The trees and shrubbery sporting their fall foliage, combined with the opportunity for a close view of boats, ships and barges using the waterway, make for a pleasant journey along the trail.

The fees for 2018 are $20 for WTC members and $25 for nonmembers, covering the cost of permits, insurance, shuttle bus transportation, bandanas, refreshments and portable toilets.  

Subject to space availability, on-site registrations may be possible for a fee of $30.  Bandanas are not guaranteed.

Just think, you’ll be able to tell people you walked across an entire state!  See the links below for more details.

Registration and Information:

Click here for the 2018 announcement.

Click here for the 2018 registration form.

Click here for driving directions to Delaware City public parking.

Questions?   Contact the event coordinators, Reuben and Michèle Yarmus at mbyarmus@gmail.comusing the subject heading “HAD”.

 
  
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