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Judge Morris Estate

Average Rating:    (3 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 9

Chestnut Hill Trail is a 3.6 mile loop with a cut-off about midway. The trail is mostly hard pack, single track that weaves through a wooded section of the park. When you've finished the Chestnut Hill Trail, you can easily cross Polly Drummond Hill Rd. to enter the Middle Run Nature Area trails.
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Latitude
39.705189183624825
Longitude
-75.70919036865234
Trail Directions
Follow Polly Drummond Hill Rd. northbound from Kirkwood Hwy., Judge Morris Estate is on right (part of White Clay Creek State Park).
Trail Length
3.6 miles
Trail Level
Beginner
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Newark
   


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Review Date
September 17, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Diesel8810 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Like everyone has stated so far.. A great Beginner / Intermediate section of the larger White Clay / Middle Run trail system.. Go to Kencox.net and see/print a detailed map of the area and you'll quickly see these trails are just small sampling. I myself use the Judge Morris trails as a warm up / connector to the aforementioned Middle Run / White Clay area when I ride from home a few mornings a week.. Saves me a ton of time loading up my bike and driving to a lot when I want to get rides in before work... I simply enter on Upper Pike Creek rd and ride to the lot.. Then continue across the street to the more comprehensive areas... A great warm up and a great loop... But if you only ride the loop you are certainly missing out on one of the most fun flowy trail systems in the area right across the street...

Recommended Route:
Its a small loop... As I mentioned above I use it as a cut through connector from my house to MR/WC..

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Middle Run White Clay right across the street (Hidden if you don't know what your looking at/for)... Get a map kencox.net



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Review Date
June 15, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Blue Sugar ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I'm from Connecticut and I think this area deseves better than a 2.71 out of 5 rating. It's the smallest and tamest of the three parks in the area (along with White Clay and Middle Run), and it's not technically challenging but it's a lot of fun with fast, swoopy turns, short steep ups and downs, and great flow. I rode a rigid 29er SS and that's propably the perfect bike- leave your all mtn/freeride rig home. Watch out for hikers, runners, and dog walkers- no railing around blind turns. And dont even think about riding here in the rain, the soil is clay based and gets as slick as grease when wet.

You have to pay to park there and out of state vehicles are charged a rediculously high fee, but if it goes to the trails it's worth it.

Recommended Route:
It's only one loop, so ride it in one direction then turn around and ride it in the other direction.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
White Clay & Middle Run.



Comments
troutboy (09/01/2010)
The "rediculously high fee" is $3 for DE vehicles and $6 for others. You can always park at any of three New Castle Parks access points that have no fee.

The Judge Morris trail constitutes about 1/10 of the total trail system in White Clay Creek SP/Middle Run Natural Area, so no need to ride it more than one direction (unless you really want to). You can access all trails from any of the designated parking areas (including Paper Mill Park as of spring 2010).

From Judge Morris, cross Polly Drummond Road at the yard waste recycling lot to access the rest of the trail system.

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Review Date
September 18, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: vyper005 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
The Chestnut Hill trail is great for beginners and intermediate riders...it offers nice rolling hills with tight turns and close trees...even has some small jumps and whoops...a nice mixture of terrain and very well maintained.You really cant go wrong riding here...

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Middle Run & White Clay Creek



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Review Date
October 11, 2006

Overall Rating
 0 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 0 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 0 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: wiremanjoe ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
the upper portion is smooth and rolling from coach hill to the creek. this part can be realy fun. great way to start your ride.

Recommended Route:
i like to start at the judge morris lot and take a right down the hill. when i get to the main trail i go in a clockwise direction 3/4 of the way around, go up the connector and down to the parking lot.



Comments
pixelguru (05/22/2007)
There is a free trailmap available of all the bike trails in White Clay Creek S.P. and Middle Run at http://www.kencox.net
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Review Date
November 2, 2005

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: desurfer ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
It's not much, but it can be fun. I usually ride it as a warm-up or cool-down to a ride through Middle Run.

Recommended Route:
Either way, it's only one loop.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Middle Run, White Clay, Fair Hill (MD)



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