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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 salt marsh
Salt marshes are found in tidal areas near the coast, where freshwater mixes with saltwater.

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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. This diversity of habitats is reflected in the diversity of animal life.

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

Know Before You Go

  • The wildlife drive is open from 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset daily.
  • The visitor center is open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. year round.
  • During spring and fall weekends, the visitor center is open Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • The visitor center is handicapped accessible and has educational displays and videos.
  • The visitor center is closed on Federal Holidays.
  • The visitor center is closed on weekends during July, August, mid-December, January, and February.
  • Check the website or call to find out about refuge road closures during bad weather and hunting season. During summer months, visitor should bring insect repellent and wear long-sleeve shirts and long pants.
  • To protect wildlife and their habitat and to provide the best opportunities in wildlife observation and photography, it is important not to disturb, injure, or damage plants and animals on the refuge. In fact, it is a prohibited act as stated in 50 CFR 27.51. This disturbance includes flushing birds and other wildlife or using mechanical or electronic devices to lure birds closer for observation or photography. Please remember to take only memories and photographs and leave only footprints.
  • Unmanned aircraft systems (Drones) are prohibited.

Activities

National Wildlife Refuges across the country provide opportunities for visitors to make their own connections to the natural world. 

Related Documents

Here are some PDF's to help you understand the refuge! 

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Amphibian List Identification

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Bird Checklist

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Fish List

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Invertebrate List

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Tree List

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Wildflower List

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Board Trail

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Forest Identification Key

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Freshwater Identification Key

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Mammal List Identification

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Tree Identification Key

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Saltmarsh Identification Key

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Mammal List Identification 

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Waterfowl Identification Key

Rules and Policies

The wildlife drive and trails are open from 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset with an entrance pass.

The refuge is open for nature photography, wildlife observation, hunting, environmental education and interpretation. To protect the natural resources of the refuge and to provide all visitors with a safe and enjoyable wildlife experience please observe all refuge signs and regulations in handouts and brochures.

Locations

Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
2591 Whitehall Neck Road Smyrna, DE 19977-2912
Hours
Refuge Hours
Year Round
1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset daily