The Delaware Crossing Scenic Byway loops for nearly 36 miles of paved and gravel roads across Delaware County. Since the route is an irregular loop shape, the beginning and ending points are determined by the individuals’ choice. The byway traverses through the communities of Hopkinton, Delhi, Delaware and Manchester as well as the unincorporated towns of Lake Delhi and Buck Creek. Outdoor activities await you along the Delaware Crossing Scenic Byway. Depending on the season, take you pick of excellent turkey and deer hunting, fishing, camping, golfing, waterskiing, canoeing and snowmobiling along the route. Nature lovers can explore timberland that is home to numerous varieties of wildlife including many species of birds. In the fall take to the timber as it showcases an amazing array of color. Find the heart and soul of Iowa traveling along the Delaware Crossing Scenic Byway with fertile farmland brimming with corn, soybeans, alfalfa and lush pastures where hardy Iowa livestock is raised. Visit the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ Manchester Trout Hatchery, where trout have been produced since 1897. No matter the season there is always something to experience along the byway. Explore the area’s numerous museums, historical sites, antique shops and restaurants. Schedule your trip to include viewing a civil war reenactment at Lenox College in Hopkinton. For the art, culture or history buff, the Delaware Crossing Scenic Byway features the Old Lenox College campus in Hopkinton that now serves as the Delaware County Historical museum. The facility tells the tales of pioneer doctors, men and boys who volunteered for Civil War and details of local historic figures. Explore details of the founding of the communities along the byway and how these burgs have changed over the generations. During your journey, encounter the hometown charm and welcoming atmosphere of the small towns and villages along the byway. Whether you are stopping for a cup of coffee, or staying awhile at one of the several bed and breakfast inns, cabins, or modern hotels along the byway, you are sure to experience Iowa hospitality at its best.