Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge Loop

EASY 16 reviews

Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge Loop is a 8.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Smyrna, Delaware that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from September until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

8.5 miles
32 feet

dogs on leash



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running







5 months ago

Great for nature lovers!

6 months ago

Great spot for birds. Try riding a bike through the driving trails for a good ride.

7 months ago

While the birding and views are incredible, the bugs are AWFUL. I expected (and really wanted) more trails but walked along the gravel road for a while, instead. When my dog and I got back to my car, I found 4 ticks on me and over 30 ticks on my dog. I highly suggest just going here for a scenic drive (it is worth going to see), an in-your-car picnic, or make sure you put some oregano or grapefruit and peppermint essential oil on you to repel ticks and mosquitos if you get out to walk around.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Trails are okay. Nice view of the water but the bugs are awful. Couldn't enjoy much because of this. However, did drive on the one loop and this was quite nice. Safe from the bugs!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

very beautiful

scenic driving
Friday, February 05, 2016

Do this by car or fat tire bike. It is a gravel road. There are a lot of nice side trails you will want to explore.

scenic driving
Friday, February 05, 2016

This is the grand tour of Bombay Hook. There are several nice side trails, three of which are 30 foot lookout towers.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

I spent two days in the park and hiked most of the short trails. They are all easy.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Great times went multiple times over a few weeks, Great at sunrise and set(pictures are amazing) We saw many water foul and other animals. We were however fed upon by mosquito's. We were prepared the second and third trips with bug spray and multiple layers however this did not work we all felt them through our clothes. Stock up on some good repellant.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Recommend a lot of bug spray.

Monday, May 12, 2014

We hiked around one of the pools following along the auto route. This route is a level one way gravel road. Not much too it. Lots of birds along the way.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

There really isn't much for hiking. It's mostly a drive, very scenic. I didn't find an 8 mile hike anywhere. The longest I found was 1 mile. It was still beautiful! Make sure you take bug repellent though!

Monday, August 08, 2011

If you are interested in birds, particularly waterfowl, you will enjoy the park; however, for the purposes of hiking, the trails (with the exception of the Boardwalk Trail, which was perfectly marked) were relatively unmarked; the map was not correct in terms of direction or relative distance. The mosquitos were outrageous, despite using spray. I'm not a novice outdoorsman, and did not find this endearing. The flora and fauna, however, were enjoyable. We were greeted by a red fox, pelicans, egrets, sandpipers, herons, and more on the trails. There was wild rose mallow (hibiscus), goldenrod, sand pine, wild cherry, and a variety of other plant life.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016