The capital of Delaware has an outsized economy for its size, as home to numerous credit card companies, insurance companies, and many visiting lawyers owing to Delaware’s business-friendly financial regulations. There is terrific mix of running in Wilmington, with an attractive Riverwalk, several paved trails through the city’s numerous parks, lovely residential neighborhoods, and bucolic spots that are the public legacy of the du Pont family. Our thanks to Kassie Helm for several route suggestions and maps!
The best place to run in central Wilmington is a series of trails that start in Brandywine Park and continue through through Alapocas Run State Park, Rockwood Park, and Bellevue State Park for 8+ miles, using the Delaware North Greenway Trail as the connector. The Jack A. Markell Trail includes the Riverwalk and a section through the Russell Peterson Wildlife Refuge. Enjoy some of Wilmington’s bucolic residential neighborhoods in our Parkway run. And it’s worth the $20 admission fee to run the trails and roads of Winterthur. For trail running, Brandywine Creek State Park is the best bet in Wilmington. If you have time, it’s worth the 20-minute drive to Newark to enjoy the Reservoir loop, several paved rail trails, and extensive trail running in White Clay Creek State Park. Further south, the C&D Canal Trail between Chesapeake City and Delaware City is a pretty run of up to 14 miles. Good trail running in Lums Pond State Park.
Note that summers in the area can be hot and humid. Make sure to hydrate properly and go early!