Middle Run Natural Area

4.63 out of 5
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↑ 2,400 ft
↓ 2,100 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
Well groomed singletrack. Fast and fun when it's dry. If the ground is wet you might want to think about going to another place.
The best thing to do is to get a copy of the White Clay Creek map and fill in the trails at the Trailhead Map for Middle Run.
The Lenape Trail makes a loop around the entire natural area and is a pretty fun loop. Try Following this or just get lost and rip around until you pop back out at the Parking area.

I'll try to explain a decent loop, but it's best to figure it out on your own.

At the trailhead map you will see singletrack to your right thru the field. Take this into the woods and follow it staying to your right until you get to a bridge that crosses Middle Run. After you cross the bridge you will pass a fallen tree that has been flattened on top so you can ride across it. Hang to your left and climb the trail to the top of the hill. Hang right and follow the Double track size trail down around the green water tower. This connects to the Snow Goose trail which consists of 3 spurs all connecting together. I usually hang left and follow it down to the creek and head right along the creek all the way back to the bridge. Cross back over the bridge and follow the way you came staying to the Right as trails split off to the left. This is now the Tri Valley Trail/Lenape Trail. Follow this across Fox Den Road and past Deacon's Walk Spur. You will come to an intersection of two trails. Going straight will pop you out in a development and onto Smith Mill Road. Follow this straight across Paper Mill Road to White Clay Creek State Park. Or to stay in Middle Run hang a Left up thru the field. This is a continuation of the Lenape Trail. Follow it back across Fox Den Road and stay on the Lenape Trail, there are small signs. You will come out on a Dirt road at the turn in to were you parked. Go straight across the road and get onto Double Horseshoe Trail, follow this across Possom Hollow Road down into the woods on the otherside. You can really rip thru here. Keep on the main trail it will meet back up with Lenape Trail. Take the Chapel Hill spur around. At the 3 way intersection hand Left back down into the woods. You will pop out back down at Middle Run across from the Snow Goose trail. Here you can either cross the creek on the stepping stone and follow it back or hang a left back up over the hill on Possum Hollow Trail and head right back to the trail head.

This is a good place to get lost and there is no doubt my trail directions are lacking a bit. There are new trails that are not on the maps so it's easy to head the wrong way. So follow these directions loosely and have fun.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Trail Q&A
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Q: I was thinking about coming to Middle Run this weekend, Can I do this trail on a hybrid Trek bike? -tedleeds

A: Its doable. More fun on a mountain bike though.

Tim32581 answered on May 23, 2018. Did you find this helpful? Yes | No




Q: I am thinking about going To Middle Run this weekend. Can I do this trail on a hybrid bike? -Guest

A: Yes. It won't be as fun but it's possible

Guest answered on July 24, 2016. Did you find this helpful? Yes | No


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Granny Gear

October 16, 2019
Review: Amazing, all the trails are well maintained, and super fun. They flow really well in both directions, but expect a fair bit of elevation here as well. Park at the Bird Preserve lot, ride Middle Run, then cross over to White Clay and continue exploring. 30 miles and 3000 feet in total

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October 15, 2019
rmap01 Singletrack  
Review: The White Clay/Middle Run area is a gem. If you like your MTB'ing on fast and flowy trails with decent elevation change (avg 100' per mile ridden) you'll love this place. It's impeccably maintained. There are different features scattered throughout the park (e.g. skills section, pump track, field rock garden, log piles) to add a bit more fun. One of my favorite places to ride.


April 30, 2019
fuzzysb Trailblazer  
Review: This was one of my daily rides when I lived in this area. Now that I live elsewhere I have gained more appreciation for how well these trails flow. Nothing technical, just shits and giggles. We got 28 miles in and there were 4 trails we didn't hit.

Similar Trail: Rayestown


September 28, 2017
Review: The whole White Clay/Middle Run trail system seems pretty darn awesome. I barely scratched the surface of what's here and, frankly, I'm a little jealous of Delaware riders and their trails.

Granny Gear

March 27, 2017
HCmtb705 Granny Gear  
Review: Awesome track. Has a few steep uphills, but enough really cool downhills to even it out. Pretty neat technical stuff on the downhills also, most of which consisted of roots and a few rocky parts. There's a few log jumps a bit farther in on the trail, as well as bridges and wood platforms. Would definitely recommend if you're looking for a place to spend a good bit of time.


August 29, 2016
Pitmonk Gramcounter  
Review: Not my closest trail but definitely my favorite. No matter what you are into there is a trail that suits you.


June 16, 2016
Lenny R Trailblazer  
Review: Amazing!, period, I'm from reading pa, I am mo4e than willing to drive an hour and 20 minutes to enjoy the flowy amazing bliss that is white clay/ middle run., keep ur average speed around 8.5-9 and u will fl9w right up every hill here!

Similar Trail: White clay


May 6, 2016
Review: Awesome place! Tremendous variety, everything a mountain biker wants to see. Great flow, rock gardens, berms, log piles, stream crossings, skinnies, sharp climbs, smooth fast downhills. Can't complain about the free parking either. A slight step up skill wise from neighboring White Clay. A must ride for the intermediate mountain biker. Check it out!
Update: As of October 2017, Middle Run has a new pump track! Definitely worth checking out as it takes our local riding scene to the next level. We can't have these things without community involvement so if you're local please consider giving time to our local club Trail Spinners. Additional features (advanced pump tracks, DH flow lines) are in the works, but they are entirely dependent on the success of this pump track.


March 23, 2016
roadandmud Epic  
Review: We got here while the ground was still frozen. Great trails. As the sun warmed up and melted the ice and snow it got unbelievably slick. DON'T RIDE HERE IF IT IS WET.

Granny Gear

October 27, 2015
dann Granny Gear  
Review: cool place super flowy , with some nice little obstacle here and there including skills coarse. nothing super tough, but fun. mounting a bell on your stem is not a bad idea if you plan to really rip. I've had some close calls with head on's here and there now I have Hope evo 2 hubs so I have some noise about me

Middle Run Natural Area MTB Trail 4.63 out of 5 based on 31 ratings. 31 user reviews.
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