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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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Danger in the Woods

 To be safe in the woods during hunting season you need to protect yourself and respect the hunters by wearing orange. Click here to view Hunting schedules by State.

 
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.

 
56th Annual Brandywine Trail End-to-End Hike

WTC’s Brandywine Trail End to End hike ran for the 56th time on Saturday, April 8, 2017, with assistance from the Chester County Trail Club, and new support this year from the Brandywine Conservancy.

            Fifty-three of the 60 registrants set off at 6:05 a.m. on a chilly spring morning. The day warmed up nicely on the trails, which were surprisingly dry given significant rains earlier in the week. Nineteen of those who registered self-identified as members of WTC or CCTC. There were 36 men and 24 women from Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey who were willing to attempt the trek. Forty-two people completed all 36.4 miles. Finishing times ranged from 6:07 to 12:49.

            Thank you to the many people who volunteered once again to help make this event safe and enjoyable for the participants. The event could not happen without sweeps, people staffing checkpoints, people to order the all-important porta-potties, timekeepers and bell-ringers. Special thanks go to Tom Wheatley and Gary Kirk for trail maintenance and blazing; Bill Hardam for working with property owners and routing (and re-routing) along with Don Barber from CCTC; and Joan March for making the finish a welcome celebration for the participants.

            Congratulations to the winners of the men’s and women’s WTC walking trophies: Tom Dueber and Kristin Green!

 
Hike Across Delaware is Saturday, November 4

This annual hike follows the C&D canal from North Chesapeake City MD to Delaware City, DE. We usually have ideal fall weather, beautiful colors and lots of interesting boat traffic.  The modest fees of $14 for members, and $17 for nonmembers cover the bus trip, t-shirt and lunch and drinks at the rest stop after about 10 miles. We also offer the option of a car ride back from the rest stop.

            Join us for the fun of the 23rd annual HAD; registration is easy:

            o Click on this link for the form

            o Fill out the form in the August Bulletin

            o Find more information and the form here on the web page at Hiking>Hike Across Delaware


 
  
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