Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge

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Stretching eight miles along Delaware Bay and covering 16,251 acres, Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge provides habitat for wildlife. Four-fifths of the refuge is tidal salt marsh with a mix of cordgrass meadows, mud flats, tidal pools, rivers, creeks, and tidal streams. The upland area includes forests, freshwater impoundments, brushy and timbered swamps, and fields of herbaceous plants.

The refuge offers visitors a 12-mile wildlife drive, seven walking trails (2 accessible), three observation towers, wildlife photography, hunting opportunities, a variety of nature and educational programs, and interpretative displays.

Refuge grounds are open ½ before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset year-round. Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge is closed three days a year for managed deer hunts. Visitor Center is closed on federal holidays. 

Learn more about entrance fees and purchase the appropriate pass online at Recreation.Gov.

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Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge

2591 Whitehall Neck Rd
Smyrna, DE 19977
Hours: Visitor Center Hours: Monday through Saturday 8 am -4 pm, Sunday hours vary depending on volunteer availability.

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