Nature Trails

The American Discovery Trail

This nationwide trail system, recognized by Congress, links together the 6,356 miles between Cape Henlopen State Park in Delaware and Point Reyes, California. The trail is adaptable to hiking, biking or driving and includes a combination of roads and trails. Nationally, the ADT crosses metropolitan areas, 14 national parks, 16 national forests and 10,000 historical, natural and cultural sites. The American Discovery Trail begins at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes, traverses 45 miles through Sussex County past Redden State Forest and exits Delaware just south of Greenwood on Route 404. For more information on the national trail, contact the American Discovery Trail Society at 800.663.2387 or visit www.discoverytrail.org

The Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail

Established in 2006 by an Act of Congress, the trail follows the routes of Captain John Smith's 17th century Chesapeake Bay explorations. Overseen by the National Park Service, the trail allows modern-day adventurers to navigate Captain John Smith's 1608 Chesapeake expedition while learning about Native American history, early English settlement and the Chesapeake region's abundant natural resources. The water trail makes its way along the Chesapeake Bay and through the Nanticoke River. Retrace Captain John Smith's voyage or visit the Phillips Landing/Nanticoke Wildlife Area near Laurel. Visit the State monument commemorating Captain John Smith's exploration and mapping of the Chesapeake Bay and Nanticoke River. Visit www.friendsofthejohnsmithtrail.org for more information.

Broadkill River Canoe Trail

The tidal Broadkill River provides a gentle canoe trail between Memorial Park in Milton and the Nature Conservancy's McCabe Preserve. The preserve offers a landing spot on shore and a hiking trail. The canoe trail is a joint venture of the Town of Milton and The Nature Conservancy's Delaware Chapter. Canoe rental is available from Wilson's Marina on Front Street in Milton or bring your own boat. For more information, call 302.684.3425 or visit www.ecodelaware.com

The Junction and Breakwater Trail

Located on the southwestern side of Cape Henlopen State Park at Wolfe Neck and midway between Lewes and Rehoboth Beach, the trail can be accessed east of Route 1 by taking Munchy Branch Road to Wolfe Neck Road or from the trailhead off of the Holland Glade Road located behind Tanger Outlets. Open for walking and biking, the surface is well suited for wheelchair or battery-powered devices for disabled persons. Call 302.739.4702 or visit www.destateparks.com for more information.

Edward H. McCabe Preserve

A 143-acre refuge maintained by the Nature Conservancy, this preserve features flora and fauna, including rare plants as well as migratory birds. A variety of distinct habitats are represented such as upland forest, tidal marsh and swamp forests. The preserve offers a landing spot on shore and a hiking trail for enjoying the native flora and fauna. Call 302.684.3425 or visit www.nature.org for more information.

The Southern Delaware Heritage Trail

This trail route provides 130 miles of connecting trails for cyclists and more than 70 miles of scenic country roads for motorists who venture off the beaten path. The trail connects rivers, scenic drives, local heritage and historical sites, country inns, bed and breakfasts, motels and antique shops. The circuitous loop trail is marked by signs which connect several historic towns near Delaware's beach resorts including Lewes, Millsboro, Milton, Milford, Greenwood, Bridgeville, Seaford and Laurel.

For a comprehensive guide to trails in Delaware, visit www.ecodelaware.com