DESCRIPTION: (Wear appropriate clothing & bring water! Below are some special instructions: what to bring, relative difficulties, interesting features, & carpooling directions.)
The Annual Hike Across Delaware
Save the Date: Saturday, November 6, 2021
Registration is open now and will remain open until October 27.
Questions? Email .
The Hike Across Delaware (HAD) is 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. Masks must be worn on the buses at all times. 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!
Nonmembers can sign up for this event by filling out the event booking information below. You can pay by credit card or PayPal by clicking on the icon below, or you can click on “Pay by Check” and send a check for $25 made out to Wilmington Trail Club Inc., Attention: Hike Across Delaware, P. O. Box 526, Hockessin, DE, 19707-0526. When your check is received, you will be e-mailed a confirmation notice.
Club Members can log into their club account and fill out the equivalent form to get the discounted price.
There are risks involved in hiking. If you participate in this event, you accept all risks and release the Wilmington Trail Club (WTC) from any liability. You should consider the following matters before participating in the event.
The WTC desires to conduct this event in a safe manner and expects your cooperation. Therefore, when hiking, you must follow certain basic safety rules:
Follow the instructions of the hike leader and monitors.
Maintain contact with others in the group.
You will be given a trail guide. Check it frequently and stay on the route that has been described. The trail is not blazed.
When hiking on roads, stay on the left side, facing traffic.
Observe local, state and federal guidelines/rules with respect to social distancing, masking, and hygiene.
You should determine the difficulty of the event, possible hazards and probable weather conditions before participating. You are responsible for outfitting yourself with appropriate clothing, shoes and equipment. It is recommended that you carry a container of water with you.By signing up for this event, you are indicating that you have the experience and ability to complete the event safely.
The WTC members conducting this event are amateurs and not paid professionals. They are volunteers who are conducting the activity for the benefit of all. The decision to participate, or to continue with the event, is yours alone. The volunteers will help with arrangements to carry out your decision, consistent with the resources and welfare of the group.
WAIVER/RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK AGREEMENT
I am aware that 1) there are risks involved in hiking and 2) participation includes possible exposure to and illness from infectious diseases including but not limited to MRSA, influenza, and COVID-19. While particular rules and personal discipline may reduce this risk, the risk of injury, serious illness and death does exist and I voluntarily assume the risk of injury, serious illness, and even death while participating. I have read the safety information above. In consideration of my being permitted to participate in the Hike Across Delaware, and in further consideration of being allowed to enter onto any private lands over which the event may pass, I RELEASE, WAIVE, DISCHARGE AND COVENANT NOT TO SUE the Wilmington Trail Club (WTC), its officers, and members and the owners of such private lands, as well as their respective agents, representatives, and successors (hereinafter referred to as RELEASEES) regarding any and all liability, claims, demands, actions and causes of action whatsoever arising out of or related to any loss, damage, or injury, or serious illness, including death, that may be sustained by me, or by my minor child if I am signing up a minor child, during or as a result of this event. If I am signing up a minor child, I agree to explain all risks to the minor, to explain to the minor his or her personal responsibilities for adhering to the rules, to get the minor’s consent to be subjected to the risks and to accompany the child on the hike. I have read, understand and agree on behalf of myself and on behalf of my minor child if applicable to be bound by the terms of this agreement. I further hereby AGREE TO HOLD HARMLESS THE RELEASEES from any loss, liability, damage or costs, including court costs and attorney’s fees, that may incur due to participation in said activities, whether caused by negligence of RELEASEES or otherwise.
I agree that clicking on the Waiver/Release check box appearing on this booking is the same as a handwritten signature for purposes of validity, enforceability, and admissibility.
WHERE: Delaware City Battery Park – Pavilion
NEAREST ADDRESS: 45 Clinton St Delaware City, DE
Delaware City Battery Park – Pavilion 45 Clinton St Delaware City, DE
From the intersection of I-95 & DE-141 (exit 5A). Merge onto DE-141 south & proceed 3.9 mi. Turn right onto DE-9 (W 7th St) south & continue for 6.8 mi. Turn left to continue on DE-9 south for 2.0 mi. Turn left onto Washington St & proceed for 0.6 mi. Look for available parking spots near the end Clinton St.