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Claymont Woods contains a number of excellent hiking trails. Please be aware that at certain points you are near neighbors' homes and crossing private property. Your respect for the land and neighbors' property is appreciated.
Please pickup trash as you hike, seeking to leave no trace that you were there.
No motorized vehicles are permitted on the trails.
Use at Your Own Risk! Hazards include uneven ground, ticks, and poison ivy.
Lower Woodsbluff Trail This trail runs from just west of the steps at the corner of Woodsbluff and Claymont Estates Drive to the cul-de-sac at the western end of Woodsbluff. The trail winds through the woods above Woodsbluff Dr., connecting to the Millennium Tree trail at the cul-de-sac. The trail is generally level.
Upper Woodsbluff Trail This trail branches upward from the lower Woodsbluff trail just west of that trail's entrance, and extends west to above the fire ring, west of the fallen Millennium tree. The trail winds through woods high above Woodsbluff Dr., providing excellent views of the lake when leaves are off the trees. A bench near its middle provides welcome rest. Caution: this trail has some uneven areas.
Millennium Tree Trail This flat trail begins at the Woodsbluff cul-de-sac and continues along the creek to a short but steep climb to Denwoods Drive. It passes the fallen the Millennium Tree, 260-310 year old Red Oak, and a fire ring next to the creek.
Creek View Trail This trail runs from right field at the ball field along the creek and connects with an old horse trail that runs back along the ridge and ends up at the top of the hill near the monument on Claymont Estates Drive. Though still a little rugged, this is a very scenic hike along the creek.
The Stable Hill Trail This trail starts on Millstream at the edge of Claymont Woods neighborhood and Chesterton Lane Neighborhood, there is a large loop that overlooks Baxter Rd and the Horse Stable. The trail opens up the 6.5 acres of common ground for everyone to enjoy. Some adventurous hikers continue northwest, ford a creek, and continue on Jack's Way to Denwoods Drive.
The Dam Spillway trail This mostly flat trail starts on Claymont Estates Drive, east of the entrance to the dam's common ground area, and extends northwest to the spillway.
Jack's Way This trail begins on the south side of Claymont Estates Drive opposite the entrance to Woodsbluff, and continues along the northern edge of the stable property. Some adventurers continue southeast, fording the creek, and climbing the hill to the Stable Hill trail. Please be careful and polite -- this trail runs quite close to property not owned by the Association.