Expansion for major Delaware state park to add 275 acres for recreational and preservation

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More than 300,500 visitors spent time at White Clay Creek State Park near Newark in 2022, making it one of the most visited parks in all of Delaware. That number could grow even higher in the coming years as another 275 acres of land is added to the park in an expansion just announced by the state.

White Clay Creek State Park stands out for diverse features, with more than 30 miles of scenic hiking and biking trails, fishing opportunities and tranquil camping sites. The park is now entering a new era of expansion in an effort to elevate recreational experiences, preserve wildlife habitats and conserve open lands.

The Delaware State Parks director Ray Bivens said the expansion is the largest and last major addition to the park, marking a significant investment in its future.

“This is the most exciting open space acquisition we’ve had, it’s roughly 275 acres,” he said. “It’s almost entirely wooded land and it adds a very significant addition to White Clay Creek State Park. And it’s the last major addition of that size that’s even possible for the park, which is pretty special in a very urban type of area which White Clay covers.”

  • January 9, 2024
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