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Michael Castle Trail

  A Flat to Easy shared use path about 35 minutes away

The Michael Castle / Ben Cardin Trail is a 15.3 mile shared use path (about 31 miles round trip) between  Delaware City and Chesapeake City. The closest trailhead (in St Georges DE) is about 35 minutes away.

  

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A Flat 10.2 mile section of shared use path

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An Easy 10 mile section of shared use path

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An Easy 10.7 mile section of shared use path

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St. Georges to Delaware City

A Flat shared use path 10 miles long 35 minutes away

St. Georges to Delaware City

Other features: This is a quiet open trail, running alongside the Delaware Chesapeake Canal along most of its length. Note the African American Cemetery just before Delaware City.  There are restaurants in  Delaware City, and washrooms at the trailhead. 

Connections: Continue east from St. Georges to the South Lums Pond Trailhead and back to add 10 miles to your round trip.
 

Getting there: Click here (or on the map above) for directions to the trailhead under the St George's Bridge (the closest to Kennett Square).

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Universal Access (UA): The overall path does not meet standards for Shared Use Paths with respect to running grade with an Overall Grade Rating of Flat, though it does approach criteria for a Universal Access Pedestrian Trial. It otherwise meets all standards for surface, obstacles, cross-slope, and passing spaces.

Effort: This 10.2 mile out and back shared use path (5.1 miles each way) has a Flat Equivalent Length of 10.5 miles and merits a Cumulative Grade Rating of Flat.  Depending on the direction, the longest continuous grades are as follows: a 50-90' section with at least easy grades, a 10-20' section with at least easy to moderate  grades, and a 10' section with at least moderate grades.

Stress: As a shared use path, this is generally rated as very low stress for most users.  There are short sections on quiet streets in Delaware City and one crosswalk. 

Trail maps: To see the grade in each direction for each 10' section on the map below, click on Filter and select the direction (remember to toggle the filter on).

  • Click on Legend to see the symbols indicating different grades. 

  • Click Home to re-center the map on the trail. 

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  • Click Your Location to track your progress while you hike.

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St. Georges to South Lums
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St. Georges to South Lums

An Easy shared use path 10 miles long 35 minutes away

Other features: This is a quiet open trail, running alongside the Delaware Chesapeake Canal along most of its length, passing by Summit North Marina, where Grain Restaurant in located. 

Connections: Continue east from the South Lums Pond Trailhead to Chesapeake City and back to add 10.5  miles to your round trip.
 

Getting there: Click here (or on the map above) for directions to the trailhead under the St George's Bridge (the closest to Kennett Square).

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Universal Access (UA): The overall path does not meet standards for Shared Use Paths with respect to running grade with an Overall Grade Rating of Easy.  It otherwise meets all standards for surface, obstacles, cross-slope, and passing spaces.

Effort: This 10 mile out and back shared use path (5 miles each way) has a Flat Equivalent Length of 10.5 miles and merits a Cumulative Grade Rating of Easy.  Depending on the direction, the longest continuous grades are as follows: a 140-220' section with at least easy grades, a 30-190' section with at least easy to moderate  grades, and a 30-190' section with at least moderate grades. 

Stress: As a shared use path, this is generally rated as very low stress for most users.  Some wheelchair users will some the long downhill sections with moderate grades to be stressful. 

Trail maps: To see the grade in each direction for each 10' section on the map below, click on Filter and select the direction (remember to toggle the filter on).

  • Click on Legend to see the symbols indicating different grades. 

  • Click Home to re-center the map on the trail. 

  • Click here to open the map in a new window.

  • Click Your Location to track your progress while you hike.

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South Lums to Chesapeake City

An Easy shared use path 10 miles long 35 minutes away

South Lums to Chesapeake City

Universal Access (UA): The overall path does not meet standards for Shared Use Paths with respect to running grade with an Overall Grade Rating of Easy.  It otherwise meets all standards for surface, obstacles, cross-slope, and passing spaces.

Effort: This 10.7 mile out and back shared use path (5.3 miles each way) has a Flat Equivalent Length of 11.1 miles and merits a Cumulative Grade Rating of Easy.  Depending on the direction, the longest continuous grades are as follows: a 140-220' section with at least easy grades, a 30-190' section with at least easy to moderate  grades, and a 30-190' section with at least moderate grades.

Stress: As a shared use path, this is generally rated as very low stress for most users.  Some wheelchair users will some the long downhill sections with moderate grades to be stressful. 

Other features: This is a quiet open trail, running alongside the Delaware Chesapeake Canal along most of its length. There are restaurants in  Chesapeake City. 

Connections: Continue east from the South Lums Pond Trailhead to St. Georges and back to add 10 miles to your round trip.
 

Getting there: Click here  (or on the map above) for directions to the South Lums trailhead.

Trail maps: To see the grade in each direction for each 10' section on the map below, click on Filter and select the direction (remember to toggle the filter on).

  • Click on Legend to see the symbols indicating different grades. 

  • Click Home to re-center the map on the trail. 

  • Click here to open the map in a new window.

  • Click Your Location to track your progress while you hike.

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