New Castle County Loop
ElevationAscent: 736' 224 m
Descent: -738' -225 m
High: 425' 130 m
Low: 140' 43 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)
Popular hikes nearby
Ridley Creek SP: Yellow-White-Yellow Loop
5.5 mi 8.9 km • Loop • 589 ft Ascent 179.62 m Ascent
John Heinz: West Loop
3.8 mi 6.2 km • Loop • 34 ft Ascent 10.38 m Ascent
1.5 mi 2.4 km • Loop • 131 ft Ascent 39.88 m Ascent
John Heinz: East Loop
3.7 mi 6.0 km • Loop • 60 ft Ascent 18.23 m Ascent
Valley Creek and Knox Farm
1.0 mi 1.6 km • Loop • 67 ft Ascent 20.37 m Ascent
Walnut Hill Desilting Basin
2.5 mi 4.0 km • Loop • 87 ft Ascent 26.44 m Ascent
“Great trail for hiking, with streams, hills, technical singletrack, and flat areas of doubletrack.”— Michael Tucci
Features Birding · Fall Colors · Historical Significance · River/Creek · Wildlife
Be ready for very technical terrain with lots of rocks and roots. There are several stream crossings so be prepared for your feet to get wet as well.
Need to Know
The main parking areas for Brandywine Creek Park do require a fee or park pass, but there are many other parking areas with no fees—like the one on this map.
After some stream crossings and technical singletrack, you get to some flat, open doubletrack where you can catch your breath or push the pace. Much of this is along the scenic Brandywine Creek. Then you get back into technical, hilly singletrack.
This route spans both the First State National Historical Park and Brandywine Creek State Park. I nearly always seen deer along this route in many different places. I once saw a bald eagle and you can catch plenty of hawks and other birds.
Flora & Fauna
Land Manager: NPS - First State National Historical Park