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Lying south of Pennsylvania’s White Clay Creek Preserve, White Clay Creek State Park was originally operated jointly with it.

Named after the clay that used to be mined within its borders, this large state park has the usual hiking and biking along miles and miles of trails. Fishing and boating are among the chief activities, too, while White Clay Creek is a beautiful scenic river with all kinds of plants and animals along its border.

Area: 3,300 acres

List of Park Activities:

  • Biking Cultural/Recreational/Nature Programs
  • Day Camps
  • Disc Golf
  • Fishing
  • Geocaching
  • Hiking
  • Homeschool Programs
  • Horseshoes
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Organized Youth Camping
  • Picnicking
  • Summer Concerts
  • Volleyball

List of Amenities:

  • Deerfield Golf and Tennis Club
  • Disc Golf Course
  • Hiking/Biking Trails
  • Horseshoe Pits
  • Nature Store (located inside park office)
  • Pavilion
  • Picnic Area
  • Judge Morris Estate and Emma’s Pond
  • Playground
  • Restrooms


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: What are the park’s operating hours?
A: Open daily, from 8:00 AM to sunset (which varies every day)

Q: I love hiking. How long are the trails?
A: Over 37 miles of trails lead explorers to historic sites and scenic vistas overlooking lush valleys and impressive rock outcrops.

Q: Any good fishing spots? 
A: White Clay Creek is the most heavily stocked water in the state of Delaware! The White Clay Creek offers anglers the opportunity to fish for stocked rainbow and brown trout.

Q: Anything unusual for an activity?
A: If you enjoy golf, you’ll want to try this. The disc golf course at the Carpenter Recreation Area is an 18-round course that meanders through wooded areas.

Q: Any special species that can be glimpsed inside the state park?
A: The forest provides critical habitat for migrating and nesting birds, including the rare cerulean warbler.