By Joe Sebastiani, Seasonal Programs Team Leader
Early spring is hiking time around here. The winter weather has eased, flowers are blooming, and hiking conditions are ideal. Meadow grass is green, but not so high you can’t walk through it, and temperatures are not too hot, not too cold. So, during the past few weeks, I led three of our most popular exclusive day-hikes. I say exclusive because these walks cross private property where the Delaware Nature Society has permission to lead walks occasionally.
The Ashland to Coverdale Farm Preserve loop hike is 4 miles through oak-hickory forest, meadows, and involves a wet-foot crossing of Burrows Run. The Ashland to Bucktoe Creek Preserve hike is 6 miles, and crosses rolling open hills of spectacular piedmont scenery. Finally, the Flint Woods Preserve to Granogue Estate hike is 3 miles through some of the best old-growth woods in Delaware, and ends atop the Granogue water tower where you can see north to Downingtown, PA and south to Delaware City, DE. Enjoy the photos of these walks below.
Hiking from Ashland to Bucktoe Creek Preserve is a commitment of 6 miles, which was a 600-calories hike for one of our participants who had a calorie watch. This hike features the Delaware Nature Society’s Red Clay Floodplain property, Auburn Heights State Park and Preserve (not open to the public…yet), several private properties, and finally, the 300-acre Bucktoe Creek Preserve (also private). Luckily, after the hike, we take a van back to Ashland and don’t have to retrace our steps.
Finally, the very popular Flint Woods to Granogue hike starts with a gourmet meal prepared by Michele Wales, Coverdale Farm Program Coordinator. It ends atop a stone water tower at Granogue, one of the most famous duPont estates.
If you are more interested in the short version of these hikes, register for the Evening Walk Series which features 6 hikes at many of the above locations on Thursday evenings, May through July. More information on these hikes can be found here.