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Blackbird State Forest Loop, Tybout Tract

Smyrna, Delaware

Blackbird State Forest Loop, Tybout Tract

Blackbird State Forest Loop, Tybout Tract Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"An easy walk through natural and managed coastal-plain woodlands in Blackbird State Forest, famous for its Delmarva bays— the small upland ponds of mysterious origin that dot the forest’s ten tracts. Like many of Delaware’s other managed woodlands, much of Blackbird State Forest has been a “forest” for less than fifty years. The trails on the Tybout Tract, for instance, pass through areas that were tilled fields until 1941, when the state acquired the land and began cultivating stands of loblolly and white pine.

Along with the managed parcels, acres of natural hardwood forests border the Blackbird trails. These are lovely tracts of red oak and maple, sweet gum and poplar, with the lush understory of flowering trees and shrubs common in wild coastal-plain woodlands. Special considerations: Delaware state forests are open to hunting during fall and winter. Hiking during the state’s deer hunting season is not recommended."

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Exton, PA
Pathfinder | 65 pts
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2/22/2014
There is also a 5 mile option which while not challenging technically is much more scenic than the standard loop.
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Elsmere, DE
Explorer | 30 pts
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8/20/2007
I had applied a good deal of repellant, but still got bit. This is supposedly a light season. I also got lost, since there were no trail markings. The only signs pointed to deer stands for hunting season.
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Doleway, AL
Trailblazer | 5055 pts
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7/12/2003

1. Biting insects were terrible

2. walking paths overgrown in parts

3. Trails were not well marked; got lost and could not follow the full 2.7 mile loop.
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Trail Information

Smyrna
Nearby City
2.7
Distance
Minimal
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
February - October
Season
Blackbird State Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Clayton, Delaware
Local Maps

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