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Natural Havens for Wildlife and Adventure

Delaware’s seashore is also a natural wonderland with wildlife preserves and well-maintained state parks. Migrating birds flock to Delaware Bay throughout the year, including songbirds, shorebirds, and wading birds. See them all at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, a magnificent sanctuary for migrating birds as well as mammals. Go fishing, swimming, and surfing at Delaware Seashore State Park, a picturesque barrier island. Cape Henlopen State Park is another coastal gem with hiking trails and water sports. Kayakers and boaters can float through crystal-clear streams and wetlands at Trap Pond, White Clay Creek, and Brandywine Creek.

Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge

One of the best places to view birds and native mammals is at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge. Walk or drive through this coastal haven to glimpse red foxes, beavers, deer, wading birds, songbirds, and water fowl. Three observation towers offer panoramic vistas of the surrounding salt marshes and meadows. Birders arrive from far and wide to see waterfowl migrating between northern breeding grounds and their winter homes down south.

Migratory birds are also attracted to the wild rice beds at Phillips Landing and the tidal marshes of the Ted Harvey Wildlife Area. Observation decks at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge are ideal for wildlife viewing and photography. Many wildlife refuges are also open for fishing and deer hunting in season.

Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge

Encompassing over 16,000 acres, the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge is located near Smyrna along the Delaware Bay.

Established in 1937, the refuge is a haven for Delaware wildlife like spring shorebirds, fall waterfowl, summer wading birds, songbirds, deer, beaver, red foxes, and more. Attention bird watchers, this refuge is a Globally Important Bird Area.

Visit Bombay Hook to view the animals, while walking along the five walking trails, or while driving on the 12-mile scenic road.

Climb up the stairs in the three observation towers for an incredible view of the surrounding cordgrass meadows, tidal pools, and tidal salt marsh.