The Top Waterfalls in Delaware

Published on September 19th, 2021

Delaware is a state that’s rich in history, culture, and charm — and it’s got some excellent backwoods to adventure in and explore, too.

Although Delaware may not have as many waterfalls as, say, Colorado (or even nearby northeastern states like Connecticut), there are still some places to see beautiful cascades in the state of Delaware. Here are a few to add to your don’t-miss itinerary.

The Top Waterfalls in Delaware

1. Alapocas Run State Park

2. Brandywine Creek State Park

Visiting Waterfalls in Delaware

Here are the places with the best waterfalls in Delaware, and how to visit them!

1. Alapocas Run State Park

The rock climbing wall at Alapocas Run State Park, Wilmington, Delaware, USA in the colorful fall

Located just north of Wilmington, in the charming woods that characterize this part of the country, Alapocas Run State Park is known for its hiking trails of varying lengths and intensities: there’s truly something for everybody. And on several of these hiking, biking and jogging trails, you’ll wend your way past some small but beautiful cascades, such as on the 1.8-mile Alapocas Woods Trail, rated as moderate with its 226 feet of elevation gain. You could also take Blue Ball Barn to Brandywine Creek via the Northern Delaware Greenway trail, where you’ll be treated to serene cascades along this slightly longer, harder hike: it sees four miles in distance and a little more than 300 feet in elevation gain. No matter what you do, you’ll get to stretch your legs while enjoying some gorgeous scenery.

Things to do near Alapocas Run State Park: Just outside of Wilmington, this state park is a popular getaway for those who call the urban center their home, as well as those passing through while traveling. There are plenty of other wildernesses and attractions in the area worth exploring, such as Bellevue State Park, the First National Historic State Parks and Fox Point State Park; here are some area RVshare rentals to call your home away from home while you explore.

2. Brandywine Creek State Park

Water streams over the rocks at a stream in Brandywine Creek State Park, Delaware

Another northern Delaware preserve where you can reliably see some beautiful cascades: Brandywine Creek State Park, which features more than a dozen routes of varying strenuousness levels, offers two hikes that meander past beautiful waterfalls, both of which are long enough to give your legs a good stretch but still fairly accessible and doable even for those who are still beginning hikers. Rocky Run Loop sees about three miles in round-trip length and a little less than 300 feet of elevation gain, which translates to a gently undulating path characterized not only by the waterfalls themselves but also lush greenery. If you have a few more hours (and sweat) to spare, the Brandywine Creek River Loop runs about five miles all told and sees about 250 feet in elevation change. Both are well worth the effort, and not just because of the waterfalls!

Things to do near Brandywine Creek State Park: Also just outside of Wilmington, Brandywine Creek State Park sits close to the Pennsylvania border and just over the river from New Jersey, which means it’s surrounded by fun to-dos on all sides. As usual, there are some excellent RVshare rentals in the area so you can hang out as long as you want and stay cozy!

Planning an RV Trip to Delaware

While it may only have a few waterfalls, the ones it does have are lovely — and besides, waterfalls are just the very beginning of the reasons to travel through this historic and beautiful state.

And if you are planning a trip to Delaware, we’ve got you covered with everything you need to make an excellent RV trip of it! From the best peer-to-peer RV rentals in the state to guides to the best state parks and campgrounds to stay in, we’re here to help you every step of the way. We’ve even penned guides to Wilmington and Dover for you city slickers — we’re sure you’ll be able to find a fountain or two if you want to see an urban waterfall! 😉

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