Barnes Woods Nature Preserve

Duration: 20 minutes 
Distance (one trail that loops into itself): .75 miles
Address: 27268 Woodland Rd Seaford, DE (Entrance on the side of Woodland Road) 
Coordinates : 38.622215, -75.645006
Link to page: https://www.oldgrowthforest.net/de-barnes-woods-nature-preserve
Difficulty: Easy

If you’re looking for a short and easy hike, the Barnes Woods Nature Preserve trail is an ideal place for you. The preserve is free to enter, though there is no designated parking lot. Look for a sign for the preserve just past the bridge, on the side of the road. Despite not having any markers, the path is well-maintained, making it easy to follow. The trail will provide plenty of beautiful views of the surrounding creek. The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control manages the preserve. 

Named after William B. Barnes, who served as a role model in the conservation field, Barnes was adamant about having the area frequently maintained. He was particularly keen on preserving the surrounding woodland and tidal marshes. In 1983, he donated 23 acres of land to Delaware State Parks, creating the Barnes Woods Nature Preserve. Historical research suggests that the property may have been designated as a wood lot by the beginning of the nineteenth century. 

At Barnes Woods Nature Preserve, you can expect to see many canopy tree species such as white oak, southern red oak, American beech, loblolly pine, and mockernut hickory. Something to keep in mind for this trail before arriving is that it is not wheelchair accessible. There are also no amenities at the site. Like most trails, you will want to bring some bug spray and dress appropriately.

A basic but navigable path.
Some bald cypress trees.
A few logs on the trail
A view of Butler Mill Branch