The mills are super cool and creepy and beautiful all at the same time. What I would give to get to go inside and explore!
We ended up attempting to make a loop by going from the sidewalk/pathway (according the MAP) to the Northern Delaware Greenway Trail (still paved) to the Alapocas Woods Trail to the “unnamed trail.”
I also got to share a cool plant with my boys that would normally be easily overlooked, SPICEBUSH! This is a great native, understory shrub that doesn’t really have any obvious showy features but when you crush the leaves, it releases this amazing citrusy-woodsy aroma. I challenge you to find a spicebush and take a whiff on your next adventure!
After we hiked the loop, we picked up some lunch and drove over to the Can-Do playground which is located in another area of the park. We found a great picnic table in the shade after we made a pit stop at the restrooms, and we were able to watch the boys while we ate and they played. Unfortunately, it was super hot and muggy and the majority of the playground is in full sun so I didn’t want to stay for too terribly long even though they had sunscreen on. They especially love the huge sand pit, but parents beware that it’s there and you won’t be able to keep them out of it. I wasn’t prepared for sand play, a.k.a. shoes filled with sand and sticky skin covered in sand, but they had fun so whatever.