With more than 5,400 acres of forest, Blackbird is one of the best places to leaf-peep in Delaware’s Quaint Villages! The park features a mix of oak, yellow poplar, maple, gum, and hickory trees that produce marvelous, rich hues of red, gold, and vibrant orange. The park has 40 miles of trails, so you can get lost in the lush woodlands and indulge in the fall palette. Plus, Blackbird offers a 2,200-foot paved trail designed for wheelchair accessibility.
Anchored by a historic mill that dates back to 1795, Abbott’s Mill Nature Center features impressive upland forests, restored native meadows, and pristine ponds. This park is rich with a variety of sights: You’ll see babbling brooks, fascinating Atlantic white cedar swamps and gorgeous freshwater wetlands. For history buffs, Abbott’s is home to Delawares' only preserved, working grist mill! There’s no better spot to revel in the autumnal tapestries of nature.
At Browns Branch, explore 38 acres of peaceful, forested floodplain. Meander along the beautiful walking trail and wetland boardwalk as you commune with nature and wonder at the vibrant foliage. The crown jewel of Browns Branch is the tributary stream corridor that winds through the park — you’ll spot gorgeous birds and more natural wildlife! Browns Branch also offers ample recreation, and in addition to excellent hiking and birding, visitors can find a picturesque picnic area, horseshoe, a kid’s playground and more.Click here for park hours.
Blackbird, Abbott’s Mill and Brown’s Branch County Park are just a taste of Kent County’s amazing parks and wildlife refuges — click here to browse the full list.