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White Clay Creek State Park & Middle Run Valley Natural Area

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12.0 Miles 19.3 Kilometers



932' 284 m


-929' -283 m


326' 99 m


133' 41 m



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A grand tour of several trails in White Clay Creek and Middle Run.

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No biking in White Clay Creek State Park during hunting season.
Middle Run Valley Natural Area is located between two sections of White Clay Creek State Park. Both Middle Run and White Clay have many singletrack trails for mountain bikers to ride. The trails are generally smooth, hard packed clay which enables fast flowing rides mostly at the intermediate skill level. Both areas are connected by trails, so all trails are available from any parking area.
Dogs: Leashed

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There is a fee for parking in White Clay Creek parking areas. Middle Run has a free day use lot near the Tri-State Bird Rescue off Possum Hollow road. The free lot fills up quickly when the riding conditions are good. Another free option is Paper Mill Park located a couple of miles north on Papermill road. There is a connector trail from Paper Mill Park to Middle Run.


This tour begins in the Middle Run day use parking lot.

From the parking lot, follow the Lenape Cutoff and Lenape trails to a tunnel that goes under Papermill road and into White Clay Creek. The tour follow the major trails in this section of the White Clay Creek. The Bryan's Field trail loop is taken to a connector to Whitley Farms trail. The northern half of Whitley Farms leads to another connector which crosses Pleasant Hill road into the David English area. Our tour did the entire David English loop. The Twins Pond cutoff trail can be taken just after passing the park office to shorten the David English loop if desired.

After the David English loop, the tour follows the Whitley Connector trail back to the southwest section of Bryan's Field which leads back to the tunnel. Riding through the tunnel and back into Middle Run, the tour explores the entire Lenape trail before return to the parking lot.

This tour covers the trails north of the Middle Run day use parking lot. There is about the same trail mileage south of the parking lot in both the Middle Run Natural Area and the Judge Morris section of White Clay Creek. A future tour will explore those trails.


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Jan 7, 2017
Gary Shute
Dec 28, 2016
Bryan Sheffield
Nov 14, 2016
Jake Houston
Nov 6, 2016
Ken Beauchamp
Trails are in great shape and fall colors are awesome. 15mi
Oct 8, 2016
Holly Williams
Lenape Cut-Off to Lenape to Double Horseshoe to Redd/Reservoir Trail on other side of road. Full loop & back to complete Double Horseshoe/Lenape. 7.1mi — 1h 00m
Sep 17, 2016
Nate Stroup
Jun 28, 2016
Aleksandrs Racenis
Jul 7, 2015
Matthew Payne
ride with 8yr old son and dog 14mi — 2h 15m

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