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Parks and Natural Areas in Sussex County, Delaware


Bethany Beach

Bethany Beach Nature Center
Del. 26, Bethany Beach, 537-7680, bethany-beach.net/naturecenter.htm
A 26-acre conservation area of mostly wetlands


Marshyhope Wildlife Area
Whitney Swamp Road and Sandy Hill Road, Bridgeville dnrec.delaware.gov
1,000 acres for hunting

Fenwick Island

Fenwick Island State Park
Coastal Highway, Fenwick Island, 227-2800, destateparks.com
Enjoy the ocean and inland bays on this barrier island.


Assawoman Wildlife Area
37604 Mulberry Landing Road, Frankford, 539-3160, dnrec.delaware.gov
Three tracts total 3,100 acres on Little Assawoman Bay.


Midlands Wildlife Area
Jones Store Road and Hardscrabble Road, Georgetown, fw.delaware.gov
2,100 acres

Redden State Forest & Education Center
18074 Redden Forest Drive, Georgetown,
856-2893, dda.delaware.gov/forestry Delaware’s largest state-owned timberland.


Trap Pond State Park
33587 Baldcypress Lane, Laurel, 875-5153, dnrec.state.de.us
Features the northernmost stand of bald cypress in the United States.


Beach Plum Island Nature Preserve
South Bayshore Drive, Lewes, destateparks.com
129 acres open seasonally for fishing.

Cape Henlopen State Park
42 Cape Henlopen Drive, Lewes, 645-8983, destateparks.com
Swimming, camping.

Junction and Breakwater Trail
Wolfe Neck Road, Lewes, destateparks.com
A six-mile multi-use trail from Lewes to Rehoboth Beach


Edward H. McCabe Preserve
100 W. 10 St., Milton, 654-4707, nature.org
143 acres of tidal marshes, upland forests and Atlantic white cedar swamp

Ponders Tract at Pemberton Forest Preserve
Del. 16, Milton, nature.org
908 acres are open mid-February through mid-August

Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge
11978 Turkle Pond Road, Milton, 684-8419, primehook.fws.gov
10,000 acres

Prime Hook Wildlife Area
Little Neck Road, Milton, fw.delaware.gov


Holts Landing State Park
Road 346, Millville, 227-2800, destateparks.com 
203 acres on Indian River Bay

Ocean View

James Farm Ecological Preserve
Cedar Neck Road Ocean View, 226-8105, inlandbays.org 
Two miles of trails

Rehoboth Beach

Delaware Seashore State Park
130 Coastal Highway, Rehoboth, 227-2800, destateparks.com
2,825 acres


Nanticoke Wildlife Area
Matts Road and Ellis Mill Road, Seaford, fw.delaware.gov
4,400 acres of wilderness

Old Furnace Wildlife Area
Old Furnace Road and Fleetwood Pond Road, Seaford, fw.delaware.gov
2,000 acres


Great Cypress Swamp
Del. 54 west of U.S. 113, Selbyville 12,400 acres.
Permission required to enter.