Best bird watching trails in Delaware

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Explore the most popular bird watching trails in Delaware with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of bird watching trails in Delaware
Top trails (51)
#1 - Gordons Pond Trail
Cape Henlopen State Park
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Length: 5.2 mi • Est. 2 h 7 m
Nice flat path with views of the pond along with beautiful flowers and birds. Accessibility: The trail surface is partially boardwalk and partially dirt/gravel. It is typically at least six feet wide. It is gentle with an estimated average grade of 1% and a max grade of 3%. As long as the dirt/gravel is not too slippery, most wheelchair and stroller users will find this trail navigable.Show more
#2 - Swamp Forest Trail
Lums Pond State Park
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Length: 6.8 mi • Est. 2 h 51 m
Note: it has been reported that several blown down trees are making this trail difficult to complete.Show more
#3 - Brandywine Creek River Loop
Brandywine Creek State Park
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 6 m
#4 - Prickly Pear Trail Loop
Delaware Seashore State Park
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 1 h 25 m
Note: There is a seasonal hunting closure from Sep 1 - Jan 30th. This trail offers a 3.5-mile loop perfect for exploring the park's open meadows, young hardwood and pine forests, and a view of the Indian River Bay. The trail is 8 feet wide with a variable surface and is open to hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding. Two connector trails provide community access at several locations throughout Fresh Pond. Accessibility: The trail surface is gravel or dirt and typically at least four feet wide. The grade is gentle (all estimated under 3%) so most wheelchair and stroller users will likely be able to traverse this trail unless the surface is too uneven.Show more
#5 - Killens Pond Loop Trail
Killens Pond State Park
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 6 m
#6 - Chestnut Hill Trail
White Clay Creek State Park
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 31 m
Nice hike through forest in a hilly area between two creeks. Bridges make the crossings easy. The trail is clearly marked, including a cut off that will allow you to cut the hike in half. Watch for mountain bikers. The trail ends by bringing you through a soybean field back to the start. A short walk will take you to the Judge Morris house, a 19th century house, now a museum. Call the rangers or go to the Delaware State Park website to get information on hours and exhibits.Show more
#7 - New Castle Industrial Track Greenway
Wilmington, Delaware
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Length: 14.1 mi • Est. 5 h 48 m
This hard surface trail runs from the Wilmington Riverwalk to Battery Park in New Castle, Delaware. It has enjoyable scenic views of the river, streams, tunnels, various communities and restaurants. A mostly sunny path with little shade. Accessibility: The trail surface is smoothly paved/boardwalk and typically at least six feet wide. The estimated grade is gentle (all 2% or less) so most wheelchair/mobility equipment or stroller users will likely find this trail navigable. Show more
#8 - Snow Goose Loop
Middle Run Valley Park
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 7 m
#9 - Walking Dunes Trail
Cape Henlopen State Park
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 5 m
Depending on which direction you head out, you will be either starting with a forest walk that is pretty close to a nearby state park road or ending with it. This route is popular with bikers also. Accessibility: The trail surface is a mix of pavement, gravel, or natural surface (dirt and pine needles) and typically at least five feet wide. The estimated grade is flat (all 2% or less).Show more
#10 - Michael Castle Trail
Delaware City, Delaware
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Length: 12.4 mi • Est. 5 h 11 m
A very nice, clean asphalt trail along the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal...mostly flat with a few inclines. Accessibility: The trail surface is paved and typically at least six feet wide. The grade is mostly flat, all estimated 5% or less except for a steep 10% section at about 10 miles when going west.Show more
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