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Welcome to Delaware — the first state established in America. Middletown is a small town located in northern Delaware about half an hour's drive away from the banks of the Delaware River. Because of its relative distance from a navigable waterway, when Middletown was first founded, this early crossroads town was a tavern stop. People trying to reach the Chesapeake Bay from the Atlantic Ocean had to pass through Middletown before the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal were built. Today, Middletown remains a humble suburban town. Though there is not much to do in the area in regards to entertainment, there are a lot of parks and green spaces in and around Middletown. It’s also only about a 30-minute drive away from Dover, Delaware’s capital city.
Lums Pond State Park in Bear surrounds the largest freshwater pond in Delaware. Covering 200 acres, the park’s pond allures anglers, kayakers, and boaters from all around the state. Apart from water recreation, the park has several miles of hiking trails as well as two trails on which bikes and horses are permitted. For the more adventurous in heart, the nearby zip line course features Tarzan swings, tree-top crossings, rope ladders, and four zip lines which cross over the pond.
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge is another place to keep in mind if you decide to reserve an RV trailer rental in Middletown. Situated on the banks of the Delaware River in Smyrna, the wildlife refuge preserves one of the largest remaining stretches of tidal salt marsh in the mid-Atlantic area. Home to an abundance of wildlife, the refuge serves as protection for a variety of waterfowl and shorebirds and attracts birders from across the country. Mammals such as whitetail deer also call this beautiful place home.
White Clay Creek State Park in Newark, Delaware is as historic as it is scenic. Sparkling streams meander through dense forests leading hikers to historic sites and scenic overlooks from which visitors can appreciate lush valleys and spectacular rock outcroppings. Covering approximately 3,300 acres, the park has over 37 miles of multi-purpose trails and is home to parts of the boundary line made famous by Mason and Dixon.
Middletown is a bit lacking when it comes to RV parks. However, the areas surrounding Middletown offer a wide variety of RV parks where you can stay or use as basecamp while you take shorter day trips. Whether you’re seeking a no-frills campground in a natural setting or a resort for your luxury RV rental, Middletown — or at least the surrounding area — delivers.
Woodlands Camping Resort in Elkton, Maryland is less than half an hour's drive away. Nestled in the heart of Elk Neck State Forest, this RV park offers seclusion and privacy. Each campsite is outfitted with 20-30-50 amp electrical service, and a dump station is located on site for your convenience. Visitors can enjoy a hot shower in the 24-hour bathhouse or go for a swim in the large seasonal swimming pool. Other amenities at Woodlands Camping Resort include a fishing pond, a small camp store, playground, and a covered picnic facility. There are also basketball and volleyball courts as well as nature trails scattered throughout the RV resort.
The campground at Lums Pond State Park is another camping option when you search for an RV in New Castle County. The state park campground offers multiple RV sites with full hookups and a bathhouse with hot showers. Each site has a picnic table. While camping, feel free to use the tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts within the park. Nestled in oak and poplar forests and surrounding Delaware’s largest freshwater millpond, you can experience the beauty of this state park when you reserve a spot for your Middletown motorhome rental.
The Everett Theatre is a unique place to visit if you rent an RV in Middletown. The theater first debuted in 1922 and remains a city icon to this day. A scene from the movie Dead Poets Society was even shot here in 1989. If you reserve an RV rental near Middletown, be sure to check out Everett Theatre’s website to see when the next live stage musical, movie, or children classes will be held.
Visiting Middletown between late September and early November? Don’t miss the chance to visit Frightland. Named one of the scariest attractions in America by various outlets, Frightland follows the story of Dr. Thaddeus Idalia, a well-respected doctor who was driven to insanity. The haunted scream park has eight unique attractions, four indoor haunted houses, a two-mile hayride, and a full amusement park with carnival rides, games, and food.
Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington is the perfect example of early American industry. The 235-acre estate is home to the gunpowder works founded by E.I. du Pont in the early 19th century. A mill restored to its former glory, the community where workers lived, and the ancestral home and gardens of the du Pont family can all be seen when you visit Hagley.