Far From the Maddening Crowd
The beach is a great place to get back to nature. These refuges and preserves offer plenty of it. By kayak, bicycle or on foot, there is plenty to explore.
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Assawoman Wildlife Area
37604 Mulberry Landing Road, Frankford, 539-3160
Managed by the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife, Assawoman is a 3,100-acre area that extends into Little Assawoman Bay. The area was originally contiguous farmland that the owners lost during the Great Depression. Recreationalists can get their fill. There are crabbing piers, a boat ramp and a floating pier. You can hike, bike and ride horses. You’ll also find unspoiled places that seem far from civilization. The observation tower offers a birds-eye view of the area. There are roads to be hiked to each of the three fishing areas. Many visitors paddle up the Assawoman Canal or Miller Creek, which both lead to the bay.
Look for: Hirst’s panic grass, a knee-high grass that only exists in three known places in the world. You’ll need to wait for drier months to spot it, because it grows in ponds. Also catch bald eagles, waterfowl, shorebirds and pileated woodpeckers.