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Songbird Trail

74°52’46.59”W 39°5’59.19”N

This 1-mile, partially accessible trail begins at the Headquarters Office off Kimbles Beach Road. This trail begins in the parking lot, extends to the edge of shrub/scrub habitat, winds through a forest segment with vernal pools and ends along Kimbles Beach Road. Often seen on this trail are American kestrels, bluebirds, and box turtles. Frogs regularly call from the vernal pools.

Woodcock Trail

74°52.51.63”W 39°5’38.2”N

About 0.4 miles south of Kimbles Beach Road off of Route 47 is a residential road called Woodcock Lane. At the end of this road is a parking area for access to Woodcock Trail.This trail is a one-mile-long loop through grassland habitat. There are also side trails of 0.4 miles that extend through a forested section and end at a view of the Delaware Bay salt marsh. Often seen here are great crested flycatchers, blue grosbeaks, a variety of sparrows, spotted turtles, and frogs.

Dune Trail

74°51’30.55”W 38°57’2.18”N

The Two Mile Beach Unit offers a 0.9 mile trail (1.8 mile round trip) which begins at the north boundary of the Refuge next to Diamond Beach and ends at the south boundary next to the US Coast Guard: Loran Support Unit. The trail traverses behind the beach dunes that host rare maritime forest habitat. Migrant songbirds are plentiful in spring and fall, as well as butterflies and dragonflies. This trail offers two access points midway through the trail, one off of Loran Drive across from the first parking lot, on the right, and another access point from the second parking lot, on the left. The second access point also offers disabled-accessible parking next to a boardwalk which leads to an observation platform overlooking the beachfront. (Please note: Access to the beach is prohibited April 1 to September 30 each year. The trail, however, is open throughout the year).

Marsh Trail

74°51’25.17”W 38°57’11.02”N

At the Two Mile Beach Unit the completed 500 feet of this accessible, boardwalk trail leads to an observation platform offering views of shimmering salt marshes. Look for elegant wading birds and listen for the “clacking” sound of a clapper rail. Future plans for this trail include two additional observation platforms and over 1,500 feet of boardwalk access through salt marsh and maritime forest habitats.

Cedar Swamp Trail

74°42’11.74”W 39°15’7.23”N

This one-mile long trail is located on Tyler Road, which is located north of Route 50 and south of Route 631. This trail leads through a grassland and a mixed pine/hardwood forested swamp.Look and listen for songbirds in the red maple and Atlantic white cedar trees and owls roosting in the trees.