Ecotourism

Smyrna is committed to providing recreational facilities for its residents and visitors. These include Lake Como Beach and playground, Green Meadows Park, Sunnyside Park, Little League/Little Lass Fields and the George C. Wright Municipal Park. Municipal Park offers ball fields, basketball courts, pavilions, picnic areas, a practice Pop Warner football field, a gazebo and one of a handful of skate parks In Delaware.

East of Smyrna along the Delaware Bay coast is Bombay Hook  National Wildlife Refuge.  Its 16,000 acres include fields, forests, ponds, and salt marshes—the perfect habitat for waterfowl, frogs, deer, and other wildlife.  The Delaware Bay is an important stop for migrating shorebirds, making Bombay Hook a favorite spot for wildlife photographers . Many people travel for the bird watching at Bombay Hook.  You can see wood warblers, shorebirds like herons, egrets, avocets, black-necked stilts, terns, eagles, and more.  Public fishing is available, and there is also public hunting in accordance with refuge-specific and state regulations.  The Allee House, one of the best preserved early farmhouses in Delaware, is also located in Bombay Hook.  It was built in 1753 and is open for tours on Saturdays and Sundays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the spring and fall, and by appointment.  Admission to the Allee House is free.

Delaware’s northern-most state forest is located near Smyrna.  Blackbird State Forest has 5,600 acres with 10 tracts.  The trails are popular for nature walks, hiking, jogging, and horseback riding.  One of the nature trails is paved for wheelchair accessibility. Blackbird State Forest’s most popular tract is the Tybout Tract, which offers two hiking trails. Five rustic camping sites and four picnic sites are all available on a first come, first serve basis.  Camping permits are available at the main office in Blackbird Forest.  Rare seasonal coastal ponds appear in the forest wetlands, which are home to range of native wildlife and forest-dependent species like frogs.  There is even a catch and release fishing pond stocked with fish.  All hunting seasons are open in Blackbird State Forest, except for waterfowl hunting and trapping seasons.

A short drive east of Smyrna will bring you to Woodland Beach with its fishing pier and boat ramp.  Woodland Beach is also home to the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Aquatic Resources Education Center (AREC).  AREC is a wealth of education for Delaware’s teachers including salt-marsh ecology field trips, school outreach programs, youth fishing programs, the Adopt-A-Wetland Program, and other aquatic education programs.

The 90-acre Big Oak County Park includes 40 acres leased to the Delaware Aero Space Education Foundation for Space and Earth Science education and recreation. The location of the DASEF facility and Big Oak County Park’s free public access recreation and conservation demonstration areas make it a major regional outdoor destination.

In addition to hunting and fishing options, there are other areas open to the public.  Some of the other public hunting areas near Smyrna include Blackiston Wildlife Area, Little Creek Wildlife Area, and the Woodland Beach Wildlife Area.  Non tidal fishing is available at Garrison’s Lake and Massey’s Mill Pond.  In addition to pier fishing at Woodland Beach and in Bombay Hook, you can also fish in the Delaware Bay at Collins Beach and Duck Creek.  Some of the fish you might find in the Smyrna area include largemouth bass, pickerel, rainbow trout, striped bass, and perch.  Check with the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife for more information about permits and regulations.