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White Clay Creek State Park & Middle Run Valley Natural Area

Intermediate

Trail

12.4 mile 20.0 kilometer loop
95% Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 715' 218 m
Descent: -714' -218 m
High: 323' 98 m
Low: 137' 42 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)

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Trail shared by Leslie Kehmeier

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

Leslie Kehmeier

Electric Mountain Bikes Allowed

Features -none-

No biking in White Clay Creek State Park during hunting season.

Overview

Middle Run Valley Natural Area is located between two sections of White Clay Creek State Park. Both Middle Run and White Clay have plenty of fun singletrack options.

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

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.

Description

This tour begins in the Middle Run day-use parking lot and covers the trails north of this parking lot.

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.

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Photos

Here's a picture of the camelback rock garden in the build process.
Oct 27, 2017 near Pike Creek, DE
18" steps
Oct 27, 2017 near Pike Creek, DE
The eight rock garden will be built on this base - you can see the 5, 6, and 7 in the backgroud
Oct 27, 2017 near Pike Creek, DE
We recently made some changes on the Lenape Trail and manufactured technical rock gardens.
Oct 27, 2017 near Pike Creek, DE
Fantastic 20+ mile ride through the flowy fast trails of White Clay/Middle Run.
Jun 27, 2016 near Pike Creek, DE
Skills trail start.
Nov 29, 2019 near Pike Creek, DE

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