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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 2016 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!

 
2016 Hike Across Delaware

                    After a year hiatus to allow for completion of the Mike Castle Trail and its Maryland counterpart, the Ben Cardin Trail, the 22nd Hike Across Delaware was held on Saturday, November 5. The 177 hikers from Delaware and surrounding states were thrilled by the perfect fall day and were fully supported by 21 fantastic volunteers.  Four full school busses left Delaware City at 9AM to take the hikers to the start in Chesapeake City. Fifteen miles later the hikers were happily received with clanging cowbells at the gazebo in Delaware City’s Battery Park.

            Please join us in 2017 on November 4 for HAD 23.

 
  
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