Wilmington, DE

Lums Pond State Park and Michael Castle Trail

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There’s some great running south of Wilmington. Two of our favorites are Lums Pond State Park, and the 14-mile Michael N. Castle Trail at the C&D Canal, which has a trailhead at the southern end of the park.

Lums Pond SP. Wikimedia Commons

Lums Pond State Park. This 1,800 acre park has many miles of multi-purpose trails, sports fields, and is also popular for fishing and boating. The trails have a good variety, ranging from woods, open fields and meadows, and some swampland. This park map shows several possible loops, with two longer options — the 6.9 Swamp Forest trail and the 8.8 mile Little Jersey. Note this is easy to moderate trail running. Note: entrance fee required.

Michael N. Castle Trail. This 14-mile trail along the Chesapeake and Delaware (C&D) Canal is a favorite for longer runs. It runs from Chesapeake City in the west to Delaware City in the east. There are options for paved and gravel paths, with great canal views a good part of the way, plus woods, farms, and fields. There’s a trailhead at the south end of Lums Pond. From there, the trail goes for 5.25 miles west to Chesapeake City (the last 2 miles are on the Ben Cardin Trail. East of Lums Pond Park, there’s a 3/4 mile on-road section at the Grain H20 Restaurant (great gastropub!). The St. George’s Trailhead is at the St. George’s Bridge (10 mile mark, west to east), Biddle Point is at 12 miles, and the eastern point is at Fort Delaware State Park (good crabshack there!).

Essentials
  • Multiple loop options in Lums Pond SP; C&D Canal Trail is up to 14 miles
  • C&D Canal Trail is flat
  • Entrance for Lums Pond is off Howell School Rd. For C&D Canal Trail, numerous start/access points!
  • Parking lot at Lums Pond SP; For C&D Canal Trail, there are trailheads at Chesapeake City, Lums Pond SP, St. George's, Biddle Point, Delaware City