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Delaware is home to many state parks.

Several lie along the coast, but others abound further away inland, closer to the neighboring cities and states for easy access, wherever you are in the First State.

Alapocas Run State Park

A stone’s throw away to the well-known Blue Rock Cliff lies Alapocas Run State Park. This beautiful park is home to a few interesting features, such as the Northern Delaware Greenway Trail, Delaware Folk Art Collection, Blue Ball Barn, and others.

Read more about Alapocas Run State Park here.

Auburn Valley State Park

Also in northern Delaware, along the Twelve-Mile Circle, is the newest of Delaware’s state parks, Auburn Valley is billed as home to one of the largest collection of operational steam cars in the world.

Read more about Auburn Valley State Park here.

Brandywine Creek State Park

Another state park located in the northern part of Delaware, Brandywine Creek has a few nature preserves inside its perimeter: Tulip Tree Woods, Freshwater Marsh, Flint Woods, and the Carney Tract.

Read more about Brandywine Creek State Park here.

Bellevue State Park

Also located in northern Delaware, Bellevue State Park is named for Bellevue Hall, the former mansion of William du Pont Jr., who built many of the park’s facilities.

Read more about Bellevue State Park here.

Fort DuPont State Park

Within Delaware City lies Fort DuPont State Park, has quite a different look compared to the previous entries on this list. This is due to its history as a military base during the Civil War and even through the Second World War.

Read more about Fort DuPont State Park here.

Fox Point State Park

A park with very inspiring history, Fox Point State Park is named after the man who worked to transform it from a landfill decades ago into the relaxing park it is today.

Read more about Fox Point State Park here.

Lums Pond State Park

This state park is the largest one so far on the list (and it’s not even close), being almost twice as large as the next one (though not as large as the next entry), there’s plenty to do in Lums Pond State Park no matter what time of the year it is.

Read more about Lums Pond State Park here.

White Clay Creek State Park

If you thought the previous entry was big, White Clay Creek State Park is like a supersized Lums Pond State Park, being almost twice as large. While it doesn’t have a pond quite like that, there’s still a lot to capture your eyes and with the large list of activities to do there, you’ll certainly have your hands full (in a good way).

Read more about White Clay Creek State Park here.

Cape Henlopen State Park

Moving onto the southern part of the First State, where we find parks which are huge compared to their northern counterparts. First, we touch on a park even larger than the last two combined. Yes, you read that right. Cape Henlopen State Park dwarfs both Lums Pond State Park and White Clay Creek State Park in size!  There’s lots of outdoor activities for visitors all year round.

Read more about Cape Henlopen State Park here.

Delaware Seashore State Park

While not as large as Cape Henlopen State Park, Delaware Seashore State Park is no slouch. About half the size of the previous entry, the park has the Indian River and Delaware Bays meeting the Atlantic Ocean within its borders, from which the park’s numerous activities center on.

Read more about Delaware Seashore here.

Fenwick Island State Park

Fenwick Island State Park was initially a part of Delaware Seashore State Park. As such, it is tiny in comparison, almost ten times smaller. Fret not though! The usual beach activities are still there as Fenwick Island’s beautiful beaches are as fun to be in as any in the First State.

Read more about Fenwick Island here.

Holts Landing State Park

Next up is the smallest state park in Southern Delaware, even smaller than Fenwick Island: Holts Landing State Park. It’s not without its own charm, though. Fishing, clamming, and crabbing are all sought after, as are hiking, bird-watching, and boating.

Read more about Holts Landing here.

Trap Pond State Park

And last, but definitely not least (in terms of area or anything) is Trap Pond State Park, home to many cypress and bald cypress trees, as well as the American holly, the state tree of Delaware.

Read more about Trap Pond here.