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  Easy and harder shared use paths 25 minutes away

 Northern Delaware Greenway

The Northern Delaware Greenway is a 7 mile multi-use path (about 14 miles round trip) in Wilmington. It runs from Brandywine Park to south of Bellevue State Park. Click here for an excellent storymap of the entire Greenway. 

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A Very Hard 4.4 mile section of shared use path, the closest to Kennett

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An Easy 4.6 mile section of shared use path

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A Hard 3.4 mile section of shared use path, ending with an easy section in Bellevue State Park. 

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Brandywine Park to Blue Ball Barn

A Very Hard 4.4 mile shared use path 25 minutes away

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Universal Access (UA): This path exceeds standards with respect to running grade for both Shared Use paths and Universal Access Trails. As a shared use path, it meets all standards for surface, obstacles, cross-slope, and passing spaces.

Effort:  This 4.4 mile section (2.2 miles each way) has a Flat Equivalent Length of 5.1 miles and merits a Cumulative Grade Rating of Very Hard. For an easy 1 mile walk, park at the western-most point near near Van Buren Street and head north. Walk along the creek for about a half-mile, and then turn around as you begin the first climb just before the The Pointe at Brandywine apartments.  If you can make it up this short rise (including about 100' of more difficult slopes), you can continue another half mile. 

Depending on the direction, the longest continuous grades are as follows: a 430-560' section with at least easy grades, a 80-380' section with at least easy to moderate  grades, a 90-360' section with at least moderate grades, a 60-160' section with at least difficult grades, and a 20-40' section with more difficult grades. There are somewhat steeper uphill grades heading east. Make sure to test your brakes - or just walk your bike - before beginning the steep descent from Alapocas Drive into Brandywine Park.  

Stress: As a shared use path, this is generally rated as no stress for most users, although wheelchair users will likely find the more difficult downhill grades to be extremely stressful. There is a, uncontrolled crosswalk at Alapocas Drive, a relatively quiet public street.

Other features: This is a moderately busy trail, running alongside (and with pretty views) of the Brandywine Creek for the first mile. Sections in the woods of Alapocas Run State Park and quiet and shaded. There are many benches along the way
 

Connections: Continue east from Blue Ball Barn to Rockwood Park to add 4.5 miles to your round trip.
 

Getting there: Click here (or on the map) for directions to the Brandywine Park trailhead (the closest to Kennett Square). 

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).

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An Easy 4.4 mile shared use path 25 minutes away

Blue Ball Barn to Rockwood Park

Universal Access (UA): This path exceeds standards with respect to running grade for both Shared Use paths and Universal Access Trails. As a shared use path, it meets all standards for surface, obstacles, cross-slope, and passing spaces.

Effort:  This 4.6 mile section (2.3 miles each way) has a Flat Equivalent Length of 5.1 miles and merits a Cumulative Grade Rating of Easy. The 1.3 mile section running east from Blue Ball and ending at the corner of Weldin Ridge and Talley Road is the easiest, with gentle and moderate slopes.  Depending on the direction, the longest continuous grades are as follows: a 110-160' section with at least easy grades, a 60-100' section with at least easy to moderate  grades, a 60-80' section with at least moderate grades, a 10-80' section with at least difficult grades, and a 10-20' section with more difficult grades.  

Stress: As a shared use path, this is generally rated as no stress for most users, although wheelchair users will likely find the more difficult downhill grades to be extremely stressful. There are two marked, uncontrolled crosswalks on occasionally busy public roads (West Park Drive and Rockwood).

Other features: It is an open path for much of its length, offering views of the golf course. 
 

Connections: Continue west from Blue Ball Barn to Brandywine Park to add 4.4 miles to your round trip, and continue east from Rockwood to Bellevue Park to add 3.4 miles to your round trip. .

 

Getting there: Click here (or on the map) for directions to the Blue Ball Barn Park trailhead (the closest to Kennett Square). 

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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A Hard 3.4 mile shared use path 30 minutes away

Rockwood to Bellevue Park

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Universal Access (UA): This path exceeds standards with respect to running grade for both Shared Use paths and Universal Access Trails. As a shared use path, it meets all standards for surface, obstacles, cross-slope, and passing spaces.

Effort:  This 3.4 mile section (1.7 miles each way) has a Flat Equivalent Length of 3.9 miles and merits a Cumulative Grade Rating of Hard, although it lacks more difficult uphill grades. Depending on the direction, the longest continuous grades are as follows: a 180-300' section with at least easy grades, a 60-100' section with at least easy to moderate  grades, a 60-80' section with at least moderate grades, and a 20-80' section with at least difficult grades. 

Stress: As a shared use path, this is generally rated as no stress for most users, although wheelchair users will likely find the difficult downhill grades to be extremely stressful. There are two marked and controlled crosswalk crosswalks on busy public roads (Carr and Shipley). 

Other features: This is a quiet, shaded trail, running through three different parks (Rockwood, Binghurst, and Belleview). 

 

Connections: Continue west from Blue Ball Barn to Brandywine Park to add 4.4 miles to your round trip, and continue east from Rockwood to Bellevue Park to add 3.4 miles to your round trip.

Getting there: Click here (or on the map) for directions to the Rockwood Park trailhead (the closest to Kennett Square). 

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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