Trailfest: Celebrate the completion of the Markell Trail, connecting the Wilmington Riverfront and Historic New Castle

09/22/2018 - 10:00 AM
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Join the fun on Saturday, September 22, 2018 to celebrate the completion of Delaware’s newest trail connecting the Wilmington Riverfront and Historic New Castle. This FREE celebration from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. will be held at the Russell Peterson Wildlife Refuge at the Wilmington Riverfront. Activities includes live music, interactive exhibits, live animals, Naturemobile, beginner canoeing, activities, craft vendors, craft beer, food trucks and more.

A highlight of Trailfest will be two bike rides to benefit Delaware Greenways and Bike Delaware, whose decade-long advocacy drove the creation of this remarkable new asset.  These rides will provide cyclists of all ages and abilities the opportunity to experience the new trail and connecting trails while raising funds in support of the important work of both organizations.

The Wilmington-New Castle Trail, the newest trail segment and bridge of the Wilmington to New Castle Greenway, begins at the Riverfront’s DuPont Environmental Education Center and provides an easy way to explore the 212-acre Peterson Wildlife Refuge. An extra-wide scenic boardwalk spans the marsh connecting to the longest pedestrian/bicycle bridge ever built in Delaware. The trail bridge spans the Christina River connecting users with the existing Industrial Track Trail, the Heritage Trail and finally the Battery Park Trail bringing users into Historic New Castle. Totaling seven miles, these trails are not open to automobiles, providing a safe and direct connection from the Wilmington Riverfront to Historic New Castle.   Go to www.trailfestde.com for more information about this new trail, or to  www.bikereg.com/trailfest to register for one of the bike rides happening on September 22nd.