Coastal Sussex Day Trip – Redden State Forest

by Dave on July 28, 2008


Most locals and visitors have no idea that the State of Delaware Forest Service owns 15,000 acres primarily dedicated for outdoor recreation, timber production, and wildlife enhancement.  One of the largest tracts, Redden State Forest, is located in Georgetown, Delaware, only 20 minutes from the resorts towns of Lewes, Rehoboth, and Dewey Beach. 

Redden State Forest, with over 44 hiking and horse riding trails, is a jewel when it comes to Delaware’s state recreational areas.  The forest was originally open fields and has just recently in the last 80 years become a mature grove of hardwoods and loblolly pines. 

Redden State Forest is the perfect day trip for taking the kids hiking or just taking a day to walk the pines by yourself. 

The Delaware State Forest mission is : To conserve, protect, and enhance the forest and its resources for the public through education, management, demonstration, promotion, and providing technical services in a timely and efficient manner.

The Delaware Forest Service provides a wide range of services to help Delawareans manage and improve their forest resources. These services are divided into three categories: conservation, protection, and education.

 The Delaware Forest Services operates and manages education centers at Redden State Forest and Blackbird State Forest. These facilities house a variety of interactive displays about Delaware’s forests and their management, and provide a comfortable work area for students and teachers to participate in educational activities. Each facility features a classroom for indoor meetings and activities as well as outdoor educational trails for a more dynamic learning experience. The education facilities are open by appointment only on weekdays from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Email: Ashley Ward

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