Redden State Forest (Headquarters Tract)

Duration: 1.5 hours
Distance: 4 miles
Address: 18074 Redden Forest Dr., Georgetown, DE 19947
Coordinates: 38.740792, -75.413206
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Difficulty: Easy

Redden State Forest (Headquarters Tract) offers a place to learn about local history, birdwatch, and go on an easy hike. Despite not having amenities on the trail, there is a visitor center and camping areas with bathrooms. Parking is also nearby at the visitor’s lot. At the visitor center, you can find a map of the trail in the brochure section. The area is mostly-shaded and wheelchair accessible. Delaware Forest Service manages the forest.

On the trail, you will find the historic Redden Lodge. The lodge was built in 1877 by the Pennsylvania Railroad and used by railroad executives for conferences and hunting excursions. Today, the lodge is used for meetings and family gatherings, among other events. When entering the park, you will drive over the historic railroad tracks. Additionally, Redden State Forest is listed on the National Register of Historic Places in the United States.

While on the trail, you can expect to see many types of hardwood and pine trees. Redden State Forest is definitely a study in loblolly pines! You will also find bridges, swamps, and meadows. Additionally, there are smaller paths that go off from the main trail. The outer loop is open to horses and is a suitable surface for a gravel bike. The inner loop is a wildlife sanctuary and an educational trail. Guides are by appointment during the week.

Dog-friendly. Please carry out waste.

No entrance fee.

Redden State Forest outer loop of trail (Headquarters Tract)

Early morning view of the outer loop of the trail

Hunting lodge at Redden State Forest

Front porch of Redden Lodge

Loblolly pine sapling close-up

Close-up of loblolly pine sapling

Sanctuary/no hunting sign

No hunting in the educational area.