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Best Delaware State Parks to Visit in the Spring

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Best Delaware State Parks to Visit in the Spring

White Clay Creek State Park - courtesy of Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation

The Top Three Choices Offer Opportunities for Birdwatching, Canoeing, and Visiting Delaware's First "Urban Park Without Boundaries."

White Clay Creek State Park

Established to protect the beauty and natural resources of the White Clay Valley, White Clay Creek State Park features beautiful woodlands, clear springs, recreation and picnic areas, and 20 miles of lush trails. The 3,384-acre park is one of the premier birding spots in Delaware. Birdwatcher are particularly attracted to the area in the springtime, as the neo-tropical migrants begin to arrive as early as mid-April and numbers peak in early- to mid-May.

Historical sites and scenic woodlands line the park's trails, making hiking and biking both recreational and educational. The Nature Center hosts a number of interpretive programs throughout the year. For further information on the park, call 302-368-6900.

The White Clay Creek watershed is one of only a few relatively unspoiled, ecologically-functioning river systems in the urbanized corridor between Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Newark, Delaware. To protect this resource, the White Clay Creek watershed became part of the Wild and Scenic Rivers System in 2001.

The First State Heritage Park at Dover

Established in 2004, The First State Heritage Park at Dover is Delaware’s first urban "park without boundaries." Park sites include museums, a visitors center, public archives and Delaware’s capitol building. Admission to all sites is free.

A variety of special programs and events are developed for the first Saturday of each month throughout the year at this unique park. Self-guided audio walking tours of nearly 30 sites located in Dover’s Historic District are available to the public. Group tours, lantern tours and "Spirits of the Green" detail the history of the area and Delaware’s role in the birth of the United States. For further information, call 302-739-9194.

Trap Pond State Park

Featuring the northernmost natural stand of baldcypress trees in the United States, Trap Pond State Park offers visitors the opportunity to canoe or kayak in an area surrounded by trees that are up to 600 years old. The natural beauty of the wetland forest can be explored along the park's hiking trails. Flowering plants are on display and wildlife includes beavers, river otters, turtles, and other animals. Birdwatching is a popular activity and the observant hiker may spot a great blue heron, owl, hummingbird, warbler, bald eagle or even the elusive pileated woodpecker.

The 2,685-acre park offers overnight visitors the opportunity to stay at one of the 142 campsites on the pond's northern shore. For further information, call the park at 302-875-5153 or the campground at 302-875-2392.

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