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Blackbird Creek Reserve

The Blackbird Creek Reserve component of the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR) is located upstream from Delaware Route 9 at Taylors Bridge in Townsend, New Castle County. 

The Blackbird Creek Reserve boasts several miles of trails through uplands and along the marsh, a canoe/kayak launch, restoration demonstration areas as well as a variety of programs and volunteer opportunities for the community, teachers, students, and families. The Reserve also supports ongoing research and monitoring, field studies, citizen monitoring programs, and training opportunities for coastal decision makers. 

The Reserve owns and manages over 400 acres on five properties along the Blackbird Creek. It is open to the public from dawn until dusk 7 days a week and free of charge. (Please take note of posted signs during hunting seasons which may result in closure of some areas.) 

To learn more about the Blackbird Creek Reserve check out our Blackbird Creek Reserve Fast Facts!

PLEASE NOTE: Privately-owned land can not be accessed without landowner permission.

Blackbird Creek Reserve
801 Blackbird Landing Road
Townsend, DE
(302) 378-5734


  • The Blackbird Creek Reserve, in the Blackbird-Millington Corridor, has several miles of trails through uplands, along the marsh and restoration demonstration areas with plenty of opportunities for hiking, birding as well as nature and wildlife photography.
  • A canoe/kayak launch at the Reserve provides public to access the Blackbird Creek 7 days a week from dawn till dusk. Please take note of posted signs.
  • Limited hunting is allowed on the Blackbird Creek Reserve by permits issued by the Division of Fish & Wildlife.
  • The annual Blackbird Creek Fall Festival held the third Saturday in October each year.

Helpful Information

Blackbird Creek Reserve Fast Facts

Trail Map
Calendar of Events






Blackbird Creek Eric Crossan Photography


Canoe trip on Blackbird Creek/Photo: Eric Crossan










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