Parking: There are two main parking areas. Turn right at the first stop sign to park closest to the Art Center, stables, pond and pavilions. Continue straight through the stop sign to park near the Figure 8 barn.
Bellevue Hall mansion commands a grand view of this historic estate, and its present form reflects alterations made by William Du Pont Jr. Mr. Du Pont surrounded his home with the finest facilities: tennis courts, equestrian stables, gardens, and a picturesque pond, amid woodlands and fields overlooking the Delaware River. The park was acquired by the State of Delaware in 1976. The Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation has retained the historic charm of Bellevue while providing many opportunities for recreation. Walking and jogging are popular activities at any time of the year. A 1 1/8 mile fitness track circles a catch-and-release fishing pond stocked with bass, catfish and sunfish, while the nearby exercise trail offers a refreshing workout. Hiking trails allow you to explore other parts of the estate. If you prefer cycling, both paved and unpaved paths lead you on a leisurely tour.
Hours of Operation: Office: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Park: 8 a.m.-sunset daily.
Seasonal Hours: Office is not open on weekends from Nov.-March.
Best Time to Visit: Anytime. Fall is great for the foliage. In spring, the formal gardens are in full bloom.
Best Known For: The gorgeous gardens and historic buildings and grounds. Bellevue also offers an outlet for a plethora of recreational activities including outdoor tennis, fishing, biking, hiking, walking, birding, disc golf, and much more!
Special Equipment: Visitors can rent bikes for free from the park office during normal office hours. There is a bait machine at the bath house by the pond.
Special Instructions: Fishing permits are required for catch-and-release pond.
|Walk the 1 1/8-mile fitness track|