White Clay Creek State Park: Twin Valley Trail
Twin Valley Trail
Length: 3.73 miles (according to mapmyhike.com)
Elevation Gain: a total ascent of 170.6 ft and a maximum elevation of 318.24 ft.
Time: 90 minutes (+plus time to admire the forest)
Trail Head: Carpenter Recreation Area parking lot
Comments: This is a really nice trail through a diverse forest, some parts of which have very large trees. There are some really interesting sights along the trail, including a few wooden bridges, an old stone wall, the Arc Monument, and a old car rusting away just a few feet from the trail. Though it is possible to hear White Clay Creek from part of the trail (at the old car), you don't actually see the creek from the trail. It is hard to believe that such a quiet spot exists so close to downtown Newark.
Trail map from mapmyhike.com.
Trail elevation from mapmyhike.com. Did you know there were hills in Delaware?
The trail head begins at the parking lot of the Carpenter Recreation Area.
Take a slight detour off the trail to visit the Cattail Pond.
Cattail pond is worth the detour. There is an elevation platform too.
Trail continues past a frisbee golf course.
Follow the yellow arrows and enter the forest.
In the dark pine forest, the forest floor is covered in needles.
Trail winds down the first of two valleys.
The Arc Monument, which marks the corner of Delaware and Pennsylvania.
Climing out of the first valley.
An old stone wall. What did this used to be?
The lush forest opens up to intresting shrubs and grasses.
Several bridges cross small tributaries to White Clay Creek.
This 1954 Buick Century was swallowed up by the forest.
How did this car get here? Was it here before the forest?
Two benches are located along the trail in case you need a break.
The forest is very quiet.
I saw two deer right here last week.
Trail emerges out of the forest at a small farm.
From here it is a short walk back to the parking lot.
Thursday, September 13, 2012