How is it that I’ve lived in Dover for the majority of my life and haven’t heard of Hunn Nature Park??
Because it’s new! Well, relatively speaking anyway. Kent County Parks and Recreation manages the land and in 2016, it was opened to the public. Aside from one very helpful article, there isn’t a ton of information about the park to be found. The county website is useless as there is no trail map, accessibility info, park history or anything else other than the address for the parking lot which is 1624 Sorghum Mill Rd Dover, DE 19901.
I combined the two maps I could find (one from the article and one from the AllTrails app) to give you an idea of what the main loop looks like. They don’t match up perfectly, but the bottom map uses GPS tracking so it should be the more accurate depiction of the trail. It’s approximately 1.5 miles and there are at least two offshoots that are dead ends so if you don’t like doubling back the way you came (does anyone?), make sure you follow the map so you know which fork to take when the trail splits. Overall it was a super easy, mostly flat hike that was stroller friendly. I don’t think it is ADA compliant, but it could be doable with a wheelchair as long as the person pushing can maneuver over a few tree roots and down a little hill.
I was surprised that much of the trail was out in the open so keep that in mind if you visit in the Summer and be sure to wear sunscreen and hats. There is a small section of boardwalk that was overtaken by phragmites during our hike but that area would be the perfect place to spot snakes and frogs. It may also be quite buggy, so take the bug spray with you. We somehow lucked out and didn’t have any issues in that department when we were there in September.
We had a few fun discoveries while we were there including a raccoon skull, late blooming flowers, cool seed pods and thorny locust trees. We look forward to going back in the Spring to try some of the other trails depicted on the top map as well as the newly constructed Racetrack Pond bridge. I’ll be sure to track our next visit on AllTrails so I can share an accurate distance with you for the trails that haven’t been documented yet.