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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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Come to the Banquet!

 Mark Your Calendars!!

 Annual Meeting and Banquet

Saturday, April 27, 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.


Come socialize with your fellow club members, learn what's new, and if you have led 5 events or more – come and claim your award! It is a great way to connect with fellow club members and outdoor enthusiasts.   


Cost and venue remains the same as last year; $25 per personEd Oliver Golf Club


Speaker:      Jan Owens (local historian): “Three People who saved the White Clay Creek”.  Further details will be announced in next month’s bulletin. Please plan to come and RSVP as soon as possible.


To RSVP, click here.  (Please make sure you check the box on the form if you want the vegetarian option.)  SEE YOU THERE!


Brandywine Trail End-to-End Hike

Saturday, April 13, 2019 

Take the challenge of hiking 36 miles in one day! The Wilmington Trail Club's 57th annual hike of the Brandywine Trail starts at the Horseshoe Trail near Ludwig's Corner, Pennsylvania, and ends in the Brandywine Creek State Park near Wilmington, Delaware. The trail wanders down the scenic Brandywine Creek Valley through parks, farms, pastures and woods, and along country roads. Click here for more details. To register, fill out the liability release and registration form HERE.

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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