Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge Loop

Dover, Delaware 19902

Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge Loop

Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge Loop Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A circuit hike on the dirt roads of a Delaware Bay wildlife refuge. This is an especially rewarding hike for those interested in watching migrating shorebirds and waterfowl, nesting bald eagles, and resident woodland mammals, such as deer, fox, woodchucks, and raccoons. Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, on the shores of the Delaware Bay, is one of the best birding sites in the region, rivaling New Jersey’s Cape May and Brigantine National Wildlife Refuge.

It's extensive salt marsh —at 13,000 acres one of the largest undisturbed tracts on the East Coast —along with its 3,000 acres of freshwater pools, wooded marshes, upland forests, and cultivated fields, provides diverse habitat for more than 260 species of nesting and migrating birds. And the birds are not alone; 34 species of mammals and a wide variety of reptiles, amphibians, and fish also make the refuge their home. The dikes, dirt roads, and short walking trails that circle and cross the refuge pass through all the area’s landscapes and provide great opportunities for watching wildlife. Special considerations: The wildlife is abundant on the refuge year-round. In summer bring insect repellent. Pets must be kept on a leash."

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Trail Information

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Skill Level
September - May
Refuge Manager, Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
Local Contacts
USGS Bombay Hook, Delaware;
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