Eric Johnson

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Wilmington DE Area Events Weekend of Oct 22 are many and all over the region!

As we approach Halloween the fall season events (like the leaves) are at a peak this weekend and next!

It’s a BYE week for the 6-0 Eagles, so that means we have all day on Sunday too to enjoy these family friendly Wilmington DE area events weekend of Oct 22! (Ok, the Phillies play Sunday afternoon at 2:37pm…so you have until then to get in your fall fun!)

From Fall Festivals, to craft beer events and car shows, New Castle and surrounding counties offer a variety of great times on what promises to be a pretty fall weekend!

Whatever you do, take WJBR along on your car radio or listen on the JBR App! We’ll provide a feel good fall weekend soundtrack!

  • Delaware Park Beers And Gears Fall 2022

    Join Mike Rossi, October 23, 2022 from 11am-4pm for Delaware Park Beers and Gears.
    Take a shot and win great prizes from the Casino at Delaware Park Prize Wheel.
    Guest can enjoy 500+ show cars, over 20 breweries, Rolling Revolution Food Trucks, live entertainment and more!

  • Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk

    Join Mike Rossi, October 23, 2022 from 8:30am-12pm for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at Bellevue State Park.

    Come together with survivors, caregivers, men and women from all walks of life who are passionate about saving lives from breast cancer. Celebrate your shared efforts. Inspire each other to carry on. And take comfort in the knowledge that because of your dedication, no one walks alone.

  • Willey Farms Thank A Hero Day

    Join Willey Farms for their Thank A Hero Day, October 22, 2022 from 9am-2pm.

    Local police (K9, motorcycle, mounted), fire trucks, EMT, Paramedics, Blood Bank, Veterans Admin, Teachers, food and ice cream.

     

     

  • Pumpkinland at Linvilla Orchards

    An annual trip to Pumpkinland in Middletown Township Delaware County has been a family tradition for generations of Delaware Valley residents!

  • River Towns Fall Festival in City Of New Castle

    On October 22nd starting at 9am it’s the 10th Annual River Towns Ride and Festival. This unique event provides riders the opportunity to bike between the historic riverfronts of Historic New Castle, Delaware City and Wilmington while earning medals based on distance completed. More info at here!

  • Halloween Ghost Ship 2022

    Saturday October 22 at 1124 E. 7th Street in Wilmington.  Come aboard an indoor Halloween Ghost Ship at the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation’s 4th Annual free family costume event.  Free tours, crafts, pumpkin painting, a costume parade, face painting andmore!  Free admission and parking!

  • The 4th Annual Young Heroes 5K Run and Walk

    It’s this Sunday October 23rd starting at lot 5A at Nemours Children’s Hospital.   There is a 5K run and walk and a shorter 1.5 mile walk and a Hero Salute Parade at 9:30 after the race.  You can register on site on race day.

  • Milford Museum's Ghost Walk

    It’s at 101 NW Front Street in Milford on October 22nd from 6 to 8pm.

    Join the Milford Museum on a walk through downtown to hear stories of murder, poison, and other horrifying events that took place in the past. Hear from spirits themselves, and experience the creepy and macabre stories that plague the town’s history.
    The tour will begin at the Towers Bed and Breakfast, and end at the Causey Mansion Bed and Breakfast.
    **This tour is a walking tour, and will require participants to walk around half a mile. Please wear proper shoes and clothing.
  • Trunk Or Treat in Middletown DE

    Wilmington DE Area Events Weekend of Oct 22-23

    It’s Saturday October 22nd from 1 to 3pm at The Town Church at 160 Commerce Drive in Middletown.  All are welcome for an afternoon of decorated trunks, spooky themes, games and tons of candy!

     

    Great Hiking Trails Close To Wilmington

    Great hiking trails close to Wilmington and I want to tell you about a few of my favorites!

    Both my wife and I, along with you, were stuck at home in the early Covid months of 2020.

    As you know, everything was shut down and there was not much anyone could do. Everything was closed!

    But you know what was open? The great outdoors! We filled many days during that time with hikes close to home. Most of our hikes were in New Castle and Delaware Counties, and we made the drive down Route 1 to the Conowingo Dam in Maryland to do some hiking there.

    For as long as we’ve been married my wife and I have been avid hikers. When the kids were very young, we would have them up in backpacks. As they got older we went on very short hikes, that turned into much longer hikes by the time they were teens and young adults.

    We’ve had many great hikes in our region, up in the PA Endless Mountains and in New England.
    But when Covid hit, the kids were long moved out and it was just the two of us. There was noting to do! Well, we did do plenty of yard work, until there was no more yard work to do! There was no traveling–so we rediscovered our local hiking trails.

    Some of the great hiking trails close to Wilmington are challenging, but most are rather easy and family friendly.

    Below I share some thoughts on great hiking trails close to Wilmington, info on how to locate them and some photos I took along the way!

    So, fill up your water bottles and put some lunch and snacks into your backpack, and hit the trails!

    • Brandywine Creek State Park River Loop

      Great Hiking Trails Close To Wilmington

      Some of the most beautiful views along this one! If you do the entire loop its close to 5 miles. We love doing this one throughout the year. We prefer loop trails and this one does not disappoint! The starting point is at Brandywine Creek State Park office where you can get a free trail map!

    • Brandywine Creek State Park Indian Springs Trail

      Great Hiking Trails Close To Wilmington

      This one is a shorter Brandywine hike. It’s 2.3 mile loop. Some say it’s a bit challenging, but it takes under an hour to do. I love this one on quiet winter days.

    • Susquehanna State Park To Conowingo Dam

      Great Hiking Trails Close To Wilmington

      Do you love to watch eagles soar and land in close by trees where you can get kind of close to them? Then the Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenways Trail is for you. Of course you can drive right to the parking area at Conowingo Dam which is just under an hours drive from Wilmington. But if you want to get a scenic hike in along the river along with your eagle watching go to parking area at Stafford and Craig’s Corner Roads along the Deer Creek. Park your car and cross the bridge and the trail head is just past the bridge over the creek. Be ready for a 7 to 8 mile hike from this point to the Conowingo Dam and back again. Totally worth it!

    • John Heinz Lake Loop

      Great Hiking Trails Close To Wilmington

      For a totally different hiking experience from the hikes mentioned above, do the John Heinz experience! I’m sure you’ve driven by it many times while going up and down I95 or going to catch a flight at PHL. But a trip to John Heinz Wildlife Refuge is totally worth it! Where else can you see the Philly skyline and be about a mile away from jets taking off and landing? And the birds taking off and landing are just as compelling to watch! This loop is 3.5 miles. When I’m in the mood for a flat run, this is the place!

    • First State National Historic Park

      Great Hiking Trails Close To Wilmington

      Did you know there is a National Park right on the boarder of Delaware and New Castle Counties? First State National Park is right at the end of Beaver Valley Road at Beaver Dam Road. Who knew such beauty was just miles from Route 202? There are great hiking trails on both the PA and the De side of the park A nice quick hike is The Rocks at Brandywine Creek Trail…it’s on 1.7 miles.

    • Ridley Creek State Park Blue Trail Loop

      Great Hiking Trails Close To Wilmington

      So many great hiking opportunities at Ridley Creek State Park in Delaware County PA. I’ve both hiked and trail ran on the Blue Loop. It’s 3.4 miles with steep hills and flat land along Ridley Creek. It’s a really pretty hike, especially in fall. The trail goes through an old homestead where there ruins of a house and farm equipment!

    • Ridley Creek State Park Orange Trail Loop

      Great Hiking Trails Close To Wilmington

      The Ridley Creek Orange Trail is 2 miles and goes up a hill and along the creek. Along the way is very scenic with nice views of Ridley Creek. It’s easy to get to via Gradyville Road.

    • Hildacy Preserve near Media PA

      Great Hiking Trails Close To Wilmington

      Hildacy Preserve is 55 acres of Natural Lands on the site of a former farm. We generally don’t follow a trail, but instead just wander making our own hike up as we go along. You can get in a good 3 to 6 mile hike here. Enjoy the meadows and Crum Creek. Keep your eyes and ears out for a pretty cool fountain! Find it at 1031 Palmers Mill Road in Media.

    • Darlington Trail in Middletown Township Delco

      Great Hiking Trails Close To Wilmington

      The Darlington Trail is in Middletown Township, Delaware County. This hike can be combined with the Rocky Run Trail located just off Baltimore Pike on Valley Road or at the Darlington Trailhead on Darlington Road.

      These are some of my favorite hiking trails and I hope you enjoy them too!

      Bike Trails Near Wilmington - EJ's Favs!

      As the weather will cool a bit soon, it’s time to ride on some bike trails near Wilmington!

      I’ve been a runner for a long time, but over the past few years my knees have told me to run a little less.

      So a few years ago, my wife and I have taken to finding bike trails in Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland.

      We love to discover new rail trails and have taken long rides on many trails between and near the Delaware, Susquehanna and Schuylkill Rivers.

      Before we go, we make a nice lunch and throw in some snacks, and we make sure we have plenty of cold water.

      We even pick out a spot near the trails to have a beer and a snack after the ride.

      Below are a few of my favorite bike trails near Wilmington.

      Happy Trails!

      • Northern Delaware Greenway Trail Wilmington

        Northern Delaware Greenway Trail

        The Northern Delaware Greenway Trail runs thru New Castle County, including Alapocas Run State Park, Rockwood County Park, Bringhurst Woods Park and Bellevue State Park. A few years ago we took a ride from Bellevue to the Brandywine Zoo. It’s a great ride, and you will encounter some hills along the way. Be sure to check out the rock ledges at Alapocas!

      • Jack A. Markell Trail Wilmington to New Castle

        https://destateparks.com/bellevue

        My favorite trail in Delaware is the Jack A. Markell Trail that is a rather easy 7.9 mile ride from Wilmington to New Castle Battery Park.  It’s paved and includes a boardwalk through a freshwater tidal marsh refuge where you not only have a great view of the city of Wilmington, but also wildlife including bald eagles!  We park at the DuPont Environmental Education Center and ride down to Battery Park.  After spending some time enjoying the river views in New Castle, be sure to have lunch or a snack at the restaurants Delaware Street.

      • C&D Canal Bike Trail Chesapeake City MD to Delaware City DE

        EJ's Favorite Bike Trails Near Wilmington
        Last year for our wedding anniversary, my wife and I stayed at a cool Airbnb in Chesapeake City and of course we brought our bikes along!

        The C&D Canal Trail follows the Chesapeake-and-Delaware Canal from Chesapeake City to Delaware City.  If you are up for a long ride, this is a great one!  It’s 30 miles round trip on smooth asphalt with two short steep hills.  If starting in Chesapeake City, you are greeted in Delaware City by many great restaurants and shops and a great view of the Delaware River.

         

         

      • Chester Creek Rail Trail Middletown And Aston Delco

        My go to local trail close to my home is the Chester Creek Trail in Delaware County PA, running through the towns of Aston and Middletown Township.  There are eventual plans where the trail will run from Septa’s new Wawa Station to Upland PA.  The 2.8 mile section of the middle of the trail has been open since 2016.  For now, this trail is better for walking and running due to it’s shorter length.  However  you can turn it into a longer bike ride by simply going up and down the length of the trail a few times.  As the name indicates, it follows Chester Creek and there are nesting bald eagles nearby that I’ve seen swoop into the creek.

        Delaware Dog Friendly Beaches In Summer

        Just about all of Delaware’s beaches are dog friendly between September 30th and May 15th, but there are only a handful of Delaware dog friendly beaches that welcome your dogs to romp the beaches all summer long!

        I have great memories of bringing our late dog Grace on family camping trips to Assateague Island National Seashore in Maryland. It was the best family time with our young kids at the time and to have Grace camping right there with us.

        Delaware Dog Friendly Beaches in Summer

        EJ’s dog Grace who was a Johnson Family Member from 1999 to 2012.

        Some of our best days are beach days! And that goes for our K9 friends too!

        Running, walking, chasing a ball or stick, and splashing around in the water is like heaven for our pets. I think you can actually see dogs smile while having fun with us on the beach!  And what pet owner doesn’t love to see their four-legged friends having some good ole’ fashion fun with the rest of the family?

        Assateague welcomes dogs on the Maryland side all year long. There are also a handful of other right here in Delaware where your dog is welcome in June, July, August and September.

        Take a look at the list of we’ve put together of Delaware Dog Friendly Beaches in Summer.