Fall trees and foliage in Kent County, Delaware

Fall In Love With The Foliage in Delaware’s Quaint Villages

As we say goodbye to summer and welcome the autumn season, there are few fall pastimes as rewarding as “leaf peeping” in the mid-Atlantic, and Kent County is home to some gorgeous parks and wildlife preserves that are perfect for such an occasion. Look no further for the perfect fall weekend: pack your comfiest sweaters, bring your camera, and get ready to bask in the autumnal glory. Check out the following for our favorite spots for soaking up the breathtaking changing leaves of fall!

Blackbird State Forest


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.


Abbott’s Mill Nature Center


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.

Browns Branch County Park


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.


Ready to plan your fall leaf-peeping excursion to Delaware’s Quaint Villages? Find out where to stay, browse local fare, breweries and wineries, and plan your trip today!  

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