White Clay Creek State Park

White Clay Creek State Park
880 New London Road

About the Park

The land that is today known as White Clay Creek State Park includes parts of the boundary line made famous by Mason and Dixon, who began their historic survey at “a post mark’d west,” a location that lies within the park.

As overdevelopment in the northern part of the state became a matter of increasing concern in the late 1960s, the state began to purchase lands adjoining a small recreational park, which in 1975 became known as Walter S. Carpenter State Park. State land acquisitions and donations from the Du Pont family and others eventually enlarged the park to over 3,600 acres. It was renamed White Clay Creek State Park in 1995. The White Clay Creek was named a National Wild and Scenic River by the National Park Service in 2000, which added an additional layer of protection to the area.


Cultural/Recreational/Nature Programs
Day Camps
Disc Golf
Homeschool Programs
Mountain Biking
Organized Youth Camping
Summer Concerts


Deerfield Golf and Tennis Club
Disc Golf Course
Hiking/Biking Trails
Horseshoe Pits
Nature Store (located inside park office)
Picnic Area

Freshwater Fishing

Millstone and Cattail Ponds offer year-round fishing for bluegill and crappie, and a catch-and-release program for largemouth bass. The White Clay Creek offers anglers the opportunity to fish for stocked rainbow and brown trout. Trout fishing opens the first Saturday in April. A fishing license is required at all times when fishing. A trout stamp is required April through June 30th and again October through November. The creek closes to all fishing two weeks prior to the opening day of trout season.

Hiking and Biking

Over 37 miles of trails lead explorers to historic sites and scenic vistas overlooking lush valleys and impressive rock outcrops. Hikers and mountain bikers enjoy the large number of easy-to-moderate trails throughout the park. Of special interest are those at Possum Hill and the Judge Morris Estate, along with the Pomeroy Rail-Trail, which runs alongside White Clay Creek.

Upcoming Events at White Clay Creek State Park

Recent News

2015 Summer Camp at White Clay Creek State Park

Schedule:9 am - 12 pm: Creekin' for CrittersWe will spend lots of time in and near the creek looking for critters. Our days may include puppet play, stories, crafts and outside play, with time to make new friends.Ages: 4 – 6Date: June 15 – 19,…

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Summer Camp at White Clay Creek State Park

Discovery Camp: Creekin’ for CrittersCreek and nature exploration, games, stories and crafts. Date: June 16 - 20, 2014Time: 9 a.m. –NoonAges: 4 to 6Cost: $100 per week per camperWilderness SurvivalSpend the week making shelters, finding food,…

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Carpenter Recreation Area Summer Concert Series 2013

Bring your picnic supper, blanket, or lawn chairs and enjoy our outdoor concert series. Schedule:Wednesday, June 12, 2013:Dukes of Destiny - Rhythm, Roots and BluesWednesday, June 19, 2013: Splashing Pearls - Original music, Island, BluesWednesday,…

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