The Annual Hike Across Delaware

The Hike Across Delaware (HAD) is traditionally held on the first Saturday in November.  It is a fun, non-competitive, annual community event hosted by the Wilmington Trail Club and offering the opportunity to hike fifteen miles, the entire width of Delaware.

Check-in takes place at the Gazebo in Delaware City’s Battery Park between 8 and 8:45 a.m. at which time buses take participants to the start in North Chesapeake City, Maryland. Delaware City public parking is available one block from Battery Park at 82 Washington Street.

We hike along the north side of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal. The route is mostly flat and lies mainly on land designated as the Canal Wildlife Zone. At the town of St. Georges, 10 miles along the trail, light refreshments and rest rooms are available.  At this juncture, provisions are made to transport people back to their cars, if necessary.

The early November weather is usually ideal and the trees and shrubbery sporting their fall foliage, combined with a close view of boats, ships and barges using the waterway, make for a pleasant journey along the trail.

The trail is paved and comfortable sneakers or walking shoes, not hiking boots, are recommended.  Although the terrain is not difficult, the distance requires adequate preparation.  But, just think – you’ll be able to tell people you walked across an entire state!

Reminder:  The 2020 Hike Across Delaware has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.  Please stay tuned for information regarding future Hike Across Delaware events.

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