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Thousand Acre Marsh

39°32'4.77"N  75°35'14.65"W

507 Thorntown Road
Middletown, DE 19709

Phone: (302) 834-8433
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Birders can now search the skies over a thousand acres from a single vantage point near Port Penn. This is thanks to a new wildlife viewing platform the State of Delaware added in 2015. Both the platform and surrounding farm are now part of Augustine Wildlife Area’s Ashton Tract, or an area locals call Thousand Acre Marsh.

To get there, simply use the former farm’s address: 507 Thorntown Road, Middletown, DE 19709. Then, explore local culture as you venture down the new Delaware Bayshore Byway (Route 9), a key feature of Delaware’s Bayshore Initiative. From there, your first stop is the Port Penn Interpretive Center and a one-mile wetland trail. Its stops include a muskrat skinning shack and a floating cabin that would make Gilligan and the Skipper jealous.

Photo by Shaun Bailey

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