Explore the Outdoors in Central Delaware

From bay beaches filled with hundreds of migrating birds to miles of secluded wooded trails, you'll find all of these and more in central Delaware's great outdoors. Start planning your adventure today!

Photo of a beautiful sunset at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge

Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge

Spend some time exploring one of the largest remaining expanses of tidal salt march in the mid-Atlantic region. The refuge is a breeding ground for migrating birds and other wildlife and is a nationally-recognized birding spot attracting birders from across the country. Located along the coast of Delaware, the refuge is mostly marsh but also includes freshwater wetlands and upland habitats that are managed for other wildlife.

Killens Pond State Park

Named for its centerpiece, the 66-acre Killens Pond, this state park features miles of hiking trails, a nature center with live animals, kayaking and canoeing, and a family-friendly waterpark. A new state-of-the-art elevated boardwalk allows walkers and bikers a safe passage along the pond with ample benches to sit for awhile and take in the natural beauty that surrounds you.

Bayshore Byway

Hop in the car and experience the “road less traveled” along this National Scenic Byway. You'll be welcomed to “Delaware’s quieter and wilder side”, a destination unto itself. Traveling the Byway is about making a conscious decision to get off the crowded, bustling highway of modern America, letting your senses take in the majesty and power of Mother Nature in the wildlife areas and coastal communities of Delaware’s Bayshore. The Bayshore area is a natural treasure in the middle of the heavily populated Mid-Atlantic corridor. With more than 30 million people living within a three-hour drive, the Bayshore provides low-impact access to a premier natural and historic destination.

Abbott's Mill Nature Center

Located on 376 acres, this nature area features beautiful trails through lush deciduous and Atlantic White Cedar woodlands that surround Abbott's Pond. Explore the accessible boardwalk that follows a clear coastal plain stream to open meadows, a picnic area, and an idea garden. The site also features a historic working gristmill. The trails at Abbott's Mill are dog-friendly so be sure to bring your furry friend!

Mispillion Riverwalk

If you're looking for a more urban walk, make plans to explore the mile-long Mispillion Riverwalk Park which threads its way through the heart of downtown Milford. Explore shops and restaurants along the way or take advantage of the recreational opportunities for visitors, including pickleball and basketball courts.

Where to Dine

Enjoy fresh seafood while dining on the waterfront, try creative takes on classic dining, sip flavorful locally brewed…

Places to Stay

Central Delaware’s hotels, campgrounds, and bed & breakfasts let you stay close to the sites and museums in historic…