Project Description

Evolution Trail: A walk through time!

This 1,500-foot loop trail covers 4.6 billion years, from the formation of Earth to the present day. Take the trail to the right, and you’ll be going back in time. Take the trail to the left, and you’ll go forward.

Along the way, in addition to enjoying nature and getting some exercise, you can trace the evolution of the planet we call home from the appearance of single cell organisms, to the emergence of complex early life, to the dawn and death of the dinosaurs, and to the present time. Only at the very end—in the last three feet—does the trail reveal the birth of our own species: Homo sapiens.

According to the most widely-accepted scientific theory, our universe began with a BIG BANG 13.8 billion years ago. The Earth formed roughly 9 billion years later, or 4.6 billion years ago, from colliding cosmic debris. At first it was a molten, fiery ball that was constantly bombarded by comets and asteroids. One impact 4.5 billion years ago sent debris into space that became the moon.

Make your own BIG BANG by banging the gong to begin your walk through time!

The Evolution Trail gives travelers some outdoor exercise and also connects to a walking path with a neighboring retirement community, Country House. Combined, the two paths create an opportunity to interact with nature and science.


The Delaware Museum of Natural History is grateful to the Country House, Acts Retirement-Life Communities, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, and private funders for their generous support. Wallace Landscape donated design services to create the Evolution Trail, and the illustrations and content were contributed by Fairhope Graphics. The Big Bang Gong was made by Jeff Bell.
Designed for the enjoyment of all along the Brandywine Valley Scenic Byway, the Evolution Trail is part of the Museum Metamorphosis Capital Campaign.