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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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2019 Kayak Training Registration Is Now Open

 

You know you want to do it!  Why wait?

 

The 2019 Wilmington Trail Club Paddling Section training classes are planned for May through July  Registration is now open for both touring and whitewater classes.  Please click on the announcement link to view the Important dates and additional details. Training is provided by American Canoe Association certified instructors and the cost is far below what you would pay for instruction from a corporate entity. 

 
Brandywine Trail End-to-End Hike Successful!

After a one-year hiatus, forty hikers returned to participate in the 2019 End-to End.

 

April 13th started with a few sprinkles and a brief downpour as we loaded the bus. The whistle blew at 6am, the sun came out, and a beautiful warm day unfolded. Many volunteers helped to make this a successful event. Two “Rovers” provided refreshments for the (speedy) runners and guided the hikers through re-routes and tricky turns. Four sets of sweeps ushered the hikers along. Volunteers at three rest stops refueled hikers along the way. The final checkpoint volunteers enthusiastically rang cow-bells encouraging hikers up the last hill, and rewarded them with hot dogs, hamburgers, and a much needed spot to sit down!

 

All in all, 36 participants finished. The earliest runner, Bill Tryon, finished in just over 6 hours (6:10). Linda Jones and Jenny Goodall received the Women’s Walking Trophy (9:42), and Alex Moeller received the Men’s Walking Trophy (10:11).

 

Many thanks to all those who helped ahead of time, the day of the event, and to those who participated. We look forward to another successful event in 2020!

 
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, 2018

122 registered for the 2018 Hike Across Delaware from Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania held on Saturday, 11/3.  A cool drizzle greeted participants at the registration tables in Delaware City but an ardent sun was waiting when they got off the buses in Chesapeake City and the sun continued to shine throughout the day.  Fall colors were at their peak.  A sometimes gusty wind offered encouragement to the hikers as it blew from behind their backs.  Much appreciated complimentary refreshments were served at the St. Georges rest area approximately ten miles into the walk.  The mood was joyous from the start although some hikers were just as happy to reach the finish line and to be able to put their feet up and rest.  27 dedicated Wilmington Trail Club volunteers exemplified a wonderful team spirit and helped to make sure that the event was a resounding success!  So, please mark your calendars.  Plan to join us next year for another great event.  Celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Hike Across Delaware as a participant on Saturday, November 2, 2019.

 
  
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