Birding Region: Cypress & Pine
Site #23: Redden State Forest

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4 miles N of Georgetown (302) 856-2893
Managed by: Delaware Forest Service

Redden State Forest comprises over 10,500 acres spread among 17 tracts. The habitat here is constantly changing as loblolly pine and mixed pine-oak forests are timbered and replanted, but Redden is consistently one of the best areas to find southern forest birds. In the breeding season, sought-after species such as Worm-eating Warbler and Summer Tanager are fairly common. Red-headed Woodpeckers, rare in Delaware, are sometimes found here, and Vesper and Grasshopper sparrows breed in small numbers in surrounding fields.

The best place to start is the Headquarters Tract. Park near the headquarters building and walk south to the "T" intersection. Here, you can follow the road in either direction or take the educational trail. Another popular area with birders lies along Deer Forest Road, west of US 113.

Directions for the Headquarters Tract:
(3844'24.71"N7524'45.51"W) From the intersection of US 9 & US 113 in Georgetown, go north on US 113 4.3 miles, then turn right (E) onto East Redden Road (Road 565). In 0.5 mile, turn right (S) onto Redden Forest Drive. The headquarters is 0.3 mile ahead on the right (W).

To the west of US 113, Road 565 is called Deer Forest Road. Much of the stretch between US 113 and Gravelly Branch (3844'12.98"N 7528'54.50"W; 3.3 miles west from US 113), borders Redden State Forest land on one or both sides, and is a nice birding route.

Other Birding Sites in the Cypress & Pine Region:
  1. Great Cypress Swamp
  2. Trap Pond State Park
  3. Redden State Forest
  4. Nanticoke Wildlife Area & Chapel Branch

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