Delaware State Parks Passport Program - selfie your way through the parks!

Passport Program




Introduction

Join us in our mission to connect families and friends to the resources Delaware State Parks has to offer. From natural rock walls at Alapocas State Park to the sandy beaches of Cape Henlopen, Delaware has something for everyone. The discoveries are endless when taking part in our Passport Program. Win prizes and make memories to last a lifetime.

Plan your hike, beach day, or historical tour, and while you're at the park take a “selfie” at a passport photo location. Track the places you have visited. Upload your pictures and cool stories using the form on this page to share your adventures. Complete all 19 photo locations to win awesome Delaware State Parks gear and an annual pass for the next calendar year!

Passport photo locations are listed below.






Alapocas Run State Park

6796 Northern Del Grnwy Trail,

Wilmington, DE 19803

Northern Delaware Greenway Trail, 800 Carr Rd., Wilmington, DE 19809

39.769724, -75.560718

Visitors to Alapocas Run must see the craggy blue rock walls along Brandywine Creek. Once an old quarry, visitors now can top-rope climb and rappel on these rocks..

800 Carr Rd., Wilmington, DE 19809


Auburn Valley State Park

3000 Creek Rd,

Hockessin, DE 19707

The Marshall Bridge, The Marshall Bridge

39.807019, -75.679402

The Marshall Bridge (formerly McIntyre Bridge) is an 1883 bowstring truss bridge from Iowa. Constructed by the King Iron Bridge and Manufacturing Company, it spanned the Skunk River for over 100 years. A road closure, plus extensive storm damage marked the end of it Iowa life. Disassembled, refurbished, and reconstructed by the nonprofit group Workin’ Bridges as part of historic bridge preservation efforts, it was repurposed by Delaware State Parks in 2018 as part of the Auburn Valley State Park trail system. The bridge was dedicated as the Marshall Family Bridge on November 9, 2018. The bridge itself is not currently open. Please take your selfie from a safe distance.

The Marshall Bridge


Bellevue State Park

800 Carr Rd.

Wilmington, DE 19809

Take the 1.5-mile Nature Preserve Trail, Bellevue Hall/Pond

39.775771, -75.494830

Bellevue Hall, a former DuPont residence, was first built to resemble a Gothic Revival Castle! William J. DuPont, Jr. transformed the building into a replica of President James Madison’s home, Montpelier, and surrounded it with gardens, stables, and a beautiful pond. Today, the pond is used for catch-and-release fishing for bluegill and catfish, and you'll see red-bellied and snapping turtles sunning themselves.

Bellevue Hall/Pond


Brandywine Creek State Park

41 Adams Dam Rd,

Wilmington, DE 19807

Take the Hidden Pond Trail Optional Trails/activities: Rocky Run Trail, Hawk Watch Hill

39.805210, -75.577450

The stone wall and rolling hills provide a gorgeous backdrop to see birds soar, enjoy sunsets, and hike the trails that wind through the park. The first two nature preserves in Delaware are located in the park – Tulip Tree Woods and Freshwater Marsh.

Hawk Watch Hill


Brandywine Zoo

1001 N Park Dr,

Wilmington, DE 19802

Brandywine Zoo, Red Pandas

39.756056, -75.549643

Red pandas are part of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan. These plans coordinate the management of endangered species in accredited zoos. The Brandywine Zoo, founded in 1905, is the only AZA-accredited zoo in Delaware.

Red Pandas


Cape Henlopen State Park

15099 Cape Henlopen Dr.

Lewes, DE 19958

Marine Debris Crabs, Marine Debris Crabs

38.803547, -75.093438

Visit our one-of-a-kind play area at the Seaside Nature Center and see TWO Blue Crab statues! The statues as part of an exhibit that will explain how trash in the waterways is dangerous to all kinds of marine life.

Marine Debris Crabs


Delaware Seashore State Park

39415 Inlet Rd,

Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 (Day Use Area/Big Chill)

Walk to the center of the Indian River Inlet Bridge. Use special caution when parking alongside Route 1., Indian River Inlet

38.608097, -75.063630

The inlet has moved several times throughout the last two centuries, even closing completely several times. Finally, in 1928, dynamite was used to open the inlet to navigation. Jetties were built in the late 1930s to stabilize it in its current location. Located where the Indian River Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean, it is a place where natural and cultural history converge.

Indian River Inlet


Fenwick Island State Park

Fenwick Island State Park

Boat Ramp (Little Bay)

Fenwick Island Boat Ramp, Assawoman Recreation Area at Sunset

38.497504, -75.056223

This park is a small sandy access point to the Little Assawoman Bay. With an unobstructed view, it is one of the best places in Delaware to watch sunsets and sunrises and sea birds dipping and diving into the Bay. Across the bay is the Assawoman Wildlife Area.

Assawoman Recreation Area at Sunset


First State Heritage Park

Old State House, 25 The Green,

Dover, DE 19901

Inside the John Bell House, Inside the John Bell House

39.156844, -75.521687

Hours for the John Bell House: Monday-Saturday 9am-4:30pm Built sometime in the mid 1700’s, this restored building was named the John Bell House after John Bell III who was given the building in 1793. It is the oldest documented frame structure on The Green.

Inside the John Bell House


Fort Delaware State Park

45 Clinton St,

Delaware City, DE 19706

Cannon, Cannon

39.589882, -75.568053

Fort Delaware – 8 Inch Columbiad [Really Big Cannon] Climb to the top of the fort. (39.589882, -75.568053 Fort Delaware was full of cannons like this one, which were important for national defense. This gun could fire a 65 pound ball up to 2.25 miles! From up here you can also see the island, the river, and the shores of Delaware and New Jersey. During the Civil War, the island would not have looked bare as it does today, but would have been packed with buildings and people. Each of these people had a life and story of his own.

Cannon


Fort Miles Historical Area and Museum at Cape Henlopen State Park

15099 Cape Henlopen Dr.

Lewes, DE 19958

Post Ln, Artillery Park/16-inch gun

38.777532, -75.087785

Visit the Fort Miles Museum Artillery Park and experience the picturesque view of the Atlantic Ocean from our 16-inch gun pad.  This gun could fire a 2,700-pound shell a distance of 25.5 miles!

Artillery Park/16-inch gun


Fox Point State Park

Exit 4-B/I-495 to Lighthouse Road

Wilmington, DE 19809

Take the Riverview Trail, Flag Pole

39.758701, -75.487717

Fox Point was not actually named after the animal—if was named after S. Marston Fox, who spent the last 25 years of his life working to protect the land that the park sits on today.  Featuring a playground, picnic pavilions, and a trail along the river, it is a great gathering space for families and groups.  Fox Point State Park offers excellent views of the Philadelphia skyline, the Delaware River, and local water traffic.

Flag Pole


Holts Landing State Park

27046 Holts Landing Rd,

Dagsboro DE 19939

Take the Sea Hawk Trail, Former Borrow Pits Wayside

38.585601, -75.130624

The Sea Hawk Trail meanders through hardwood forest, salt marsh, meadow and freshwater bogs, and has a lookout point on the Indian River Bay. Soil was excavated from this site for highway projects in the area. The excavation sites, or “borrow pits” have collected rainwater over the years, forming freshwater ponds.

Former Borrow Pits Wayside


Killens Pond State Park

5025 Killens Pond Rd

Felton, DE 19943

Take the Pondside Trail, Pondside Trail bridge

38.979972, -75.544854

The Pondside Trail offers some truly beautiful and peaceful moments while you enjoy Killens Pond and the Murderkill River. According to legend, the river got its unusual name from the massacre of a Dutch trading party in 1648. Today, a stop on the Pondside Trail’s bridge reveals the peaceful oasis it has become.

Pondside Trail bridge


Lums Pond State Park

1068 Howell School Rd,

Bear, DE 19701

Take the Swamp Forest Trail, Boat docks overlooking the pond

38.525257, -75.473361

Lums Pond, Delaware’s largest freshwater pond, covers 200 acres. Boating and fishing offer plenty of water bound activity, and the boat docks in Area 2, right off the Swamp Forest Trail, are perfect for taking in the pond’s beautiful vistas.

Boat docks overlooking the pond


Port Penn Interpretive Center

5 Port Penn Rd

Middletown, DE 19709

Take the Wetlands Trail, Muskrat Shack

39.518842, -75.578173

The Wetlands Trail’s boardwalk takes you directly over the marsh and is a beautiful place to spot local wildlife. The Port Penn Interpretive Center’s exhibits tell the story of life along the wetlands.

Muskrat Shack


Trap Pond State Park

33587 Baldcypress Lane

Laurel, DE 19956

Cypress Point, Cypress Point

38.525257, -75.473361

Follow signs for Cypress Point. From the far west side of the parking area, walk around the gate and continue on the unpaved service road, past the pavilion to the shoreline. You will be rewarded with a great view of both the pond and the famous Baldcypress Trees. While here, be sure to investigate the Civilian Conservation Corps Pavilion, built in 1937

Cypress Point


White Clay Creek State Park

Wedgewood Rd,

Newark, DE 19711

Post Mark’d West, Post Mark’d West

39.722417, -75.732363

Post Mark’d West designating the location from which Mason and Dixon measured the east-west line (starting at our western border) through 230 miles. This was later referred to as the “Mason Dixon Line” when talking about the Civil War divisions between the South and North. This Post Mark’d West was established after resolution of an 80 year court battle in England between the Penns of Pennsylvania and the Calverts of Maryland.

Post Mark’d West


Wilmington State Parks

Lookout Dr,

Wilmington DE 19806

Swing Bridge, Swing Bridge

39.767567, -75.574746

Standing on the Swinging Bridge, visitors can experience nature in the heart of the city and connect to the power of the Brandywine River and its rich history.

Swing Bridge




Some trails may be challenging for those with limited mobility. If you cannot reach the photo location, please take your selfie as close as you safely can.