Hit the Trail from Wilmington to New Castle!


Despite the recent heat wave and stifling humidity, the calendar actually says September and autumn is just around the corner. (Technically, a calendar says nothing; one must read it to confirm we are on the cusp of fall.) Actually, upon closer inspection, the fall season kicks off this weekend, and with it comes a healthy slate of fun festivals that will keep the weekends full ‘til Thanksgiving.

If you’re looking to get outside and enjoy what should be a mild weekend, be sure and hit up Trailfest, a family-friendly festival that celebrates Delaware’s bike and walking paths. The walk-and-ride party takes place at the Wilmington Riverfront from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., but guests really willing to participate can register as early as 7 a.m. for the Challenge Ride (8 a.m.) or Family Trail Ride (9:30 a.m.).

The biggest attraction will be the new Jack A. Markell Trail, named for the former Delaware governor, which connects the Wilmington Riverfront and New Castle Battery Park along an off-road pathway that’s nearly 8 miles long. The trail just happens to be part of the greater East Coast Greenway, which connects Maine to Florida with a series of on- and off-road trails for walkers, joggers and bikers alike.

If biking or walking the trail isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other activities to keep you and the kiddos occupied. Live music from local bands The Honey Badgers (10 a.m.-noon) and Stone Shakers (noon-2 p.m.) will keep the energy up, along with beginner canoeing, games and activities, live animals, craft vendors and interactive exhibits at the Russell Peterson Wildlife Refuge’s DuPont Environmental Education Center, as well as food trucks and craft beer.

The event is free, as is parking, which is available at the surface lot near St. Francis Healthcare (1072 Justison St.). For more information, check out www.trailfestde.org.