Situated on western Delaware Bay, Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1963 under the authority of the Migratory Bird Conservation Act to preserve about 10,000 acres (4,047 hectares) of a variety of coastal habitats that serve as feeding, resting, and wintering areas for migratory birds. About 80 percent of the refuge consists of a mix of fresh and saltwater wetlands. Habitats within Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge include 4,000 acres (1,619 hectares) of freshwater marsh, 2,000 acres (809 hectares) of tidal salt marsh, and upland forest, comprising about 20 percent of the refuge's area. (Incidently, the refuge's name is derived from priume hoek, Dutch for "plum point". Early Dutch settlers found an abundance of purple beach plums in the area and named it Priume Hoek).
During migration, more than 100,000 snow geese and 80,000 ducks use the refuge for feeding and resting. Other birds that pass through on migration include shorebirds (including thousands of red knots that feed on millions of eggs deposited by horseshoe crabs in the spring), herons and bitterns, rails, and numerous species of songbirds.
Activites that visitors can engage in include birdwatching, fishing, hunting, canoeing and kayaking, hiking on walking trails or a boardwalk over the salt marsh, and photography. The visitors' center has maps and pamphlets about the refuge, books and other souvenirs, displays and photographs of wildlife, and educational films.
We came across this set of trailways by accident! It is just north of Brandywine Creek State Park. From there, turn off of Thompson's Bridge Road onto Woodlawn Rd. Or from Rt. 202 take the road behind the Red Lobster.
This is a set of about 20 miles of trails that are a part of the Woodlawn Trustees Area. It is privately owned land. How nice of them to share it with us!
The trails are mostly mulched and quite wide. On the trails you will find: hikers, bikers, runners, dogs walking their humans, and horseback riders.
The trails run through woods, cross creeks, and skirt along the edges of farm fields. See my travelogue for more pictures of this delightful find!
In my opinion, the Delaware shore is at its finest from late March to May, and from October to December. There are enough restaurants and stores open that it's not desolate, but the crowds are gone. With any luck on the weather, you can find yourself comfortably strolling on miles of deserted beach. Failing that, you can console yourself with a movie and a good seafood dinner.
For such a small state, this place is crawling with Disc Golf courses. There's one right in Lewes at Cape Hanlopen State Park. Brandywine State Park and Lums Pond State Park offer two world class courses.
Visit Ocean City Maryland, the boardwalk, nice to visit, only 15 minutes away from Bethany Beach. Also Chincoteegue Island (not sure on spelling) where there are wild horses roaming the island, also in Maryland.
this is a nice soft sand beach - perfect for a laid-back relaxing day. Bring a kite and enjoy the ocean breezes.
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