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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 2017 fee schedules.  Delaware parks only charge between March 1 and November 30.

Hike Across Delaware, 2017

            Saturday, November 4, 2017 was a beautiful day on the Ben Cardin and the Mike Castle Trails. At 9AM, 97 hikers left Delaware City on buses headed for North Chesapeake City ready to enjoy the warm morning sun and light breezes. The water in the C & D canal sparkled and the fall colors were at their peak . The hike proceeded along the canal and through Harbor North Marina before coming to the town of St. Georges after 10 miles. On the banks of the canal, tables were set up with plentiful food that hikers like including fruit, cheeses, bagels and peanut butter and jellies.

            The hiker’s proceeded on the trail to Delaware City and were congratulated at the finish along the Delaware River by volunteers. They had a great hiking experience and bestowed many compliments on the team. Hikers were assisted by 7 volunteers at Registration, 11 sweeps and trail security volunteers, 6 food preparation and serving volunteers and 9 finishing volunteers. The volunteers and hikers all had a good time. - Tom Maddux, HAD Coordinator


PS. Please join us in 2018 on November 3 for HAD 24.

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