White Clay Creek State Park & Middle Run Valley Natural Area
ElevationAscent: 715' 218 m
Descent: -714' -218 m
High: 323' 98 m
Low: 137' 42 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)
Popular rides nearby
Fair Hill XC Race
7.4 mi 12.0 km • Loop • 526 ft Ascent 160.34 m Ascent
North Lot Loop
12.9 mi 20.8 km • Loop • 1,059 ft Ascent 322.69 m Ascent
South Lot Loop
10.9 mi 17.5 km • Loop • 919 ft Ascent 279.98 m Ascent
Marsh Creek Highlights
9.0 mi 14.4 km • Loop • 570 ft Ascent 173.79 m Ascent
Grist Mill Family Tour
12.6 mi 20.3 km • Loop • 407 ft Ascent 124.11 m Ascent
Enola Low Grade Trail - Providence Township Section
17.3 mi 27.8 km • Loop • 131 ft Ascent 39.98 m Ascent
“A grand tour of several trails in White Clay Creek and Middle Run.”— Leslie Kehmeier
Electric Mountain Bikes Allowed
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.
Need to Know
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.
From the parking lot, follow the Lenape Cutoff and Lenape Trail 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, where you'll experience some of the open, grassy fields intermixed with the forest. 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 Twin Ponds 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.
If you still want to ride, head south from here. There is a similar amount of mileage with both the Middle Run Natural Area and the Judge Morris section of White Clay Creek.
Local Club: Delaware Trail Spinners
Land Manager: DE State Parks - Division of Parks and Rec. Office