• Shhh! (New Castle County’s Secret Bike Path)

    by  • August 22, 2010 • Transportation Trails • 4 Comments

    Unless you happen to live right next to it, you’ve probably never even heard of (let alone biked) New Castle County’s Lewden Green County Park and James Corcoran Greenway. But it’s an 8 foot wide, 1.9 mile long paved path traversing multiple bridges and offering tranquil scenery along the Christina River. That’s longer than the Hall Trail in Newark.

    It’s a lovely path which, unfortunately, seems to be used only by residents in adjacent subdivisions, as it is highly isolated. Reaching it on a bike from other parts of New Castle County requires skillful on-road riding, but even advanced cyclists will find a purposeful alternative to Rt.273, connecting bike lanes on Airport Road to Main Street in Christiana.

    Western-most trail head off Main Street in Christiana.

    Plenty wide, well constructed wooden bridge under Route 1

    Despite a few setbacks with vandalism and occasional graffiti, the Corcoran Greenway serves a valuable need as both a connector, and a safe haven for those unwilling or unable to bike on Delaware’s roads.

    4 Responses to Shhh! (New Castle County’s Secret Bike Path)

    1. Alex Durnan
      July 17, 2013 at 11:57 am

      I used this trail once round trip on a trek from Wilmington to Lums Pond and back. Its pretty, but would be a lot more useful if the finished the connecter path to Churchman’s Road. That section would be doable on a road bike as it is, except for a place where a bridge is needed and it floods.

    2. Susan
      September 2, 2013 at 9:39 pm

      Where are the parking locations near the trail?

    3. pat
      September 12, 2014 at 10:00 am

      I have enjoyed this park for the 6 years I’ve been in DE. Would appreciate it if the poison ivy could be cut down on the walk under Rt.1. There are also some large limbs down on both the paved path and the paths through the woods that make walking and biking difficult. Thanks pat

    4. Chuck
      February 18, 2016 at 7:26 am

      I grew up near this park, played there everyday as a kid and as a teen in the late 70s. Road my banana seat bicycle over every trail there was. i return as often as possible when i am in state.
      Some trails have overgrown and some new ones appear. Love to hike down by the river/creek.
      I would love to see the pond restored and with the connecting bridge that was there 30 years ago. There use to be picnic tables, an outdoor shuffle board and bar-b-ques too (in the open area above the “pond”). i am told the concrete structure where the pond was had been a diving platform into the pond. you can see the metal fixtures still there. Wish I had been there then. State lawyers probably wouldn’t allow it now.
      Bravo to whoever keeps this place up and free from development.

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