James Farm Ecological Preserve, Ocean View

#8 of 19 in Wildlife in Delaware
Must see · Wildlife Area · Nature / Park
Owned by Sussex County and managed by the Delaware Center for the Inland Bay, the James Farm Ecological Preserve is an oasis of wild land on Indian River Bays, located near Bethany Beach on Cedar Neck Road.

(HOURS: Dawn - Dusk, 365 days / year)
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  • I’ve been a regular visitor to the Bethany Beach area for over a decade and this summer was the first time I found out about James Farm! I visited twice, once with my fiancé and once with family...  more »
  • My boys and I visited briefly while traveling through the area. It was recommended by a friend. So glad we checked it out! The trails through the woods are clean, well-maintained, and easy to walk...  more »
  • A great place to swim and walk around. Trails in very good condition, and you can actually swim out very far until you cannot stand. You can see a lot of horseshoe crabs as well as other wildlife, like clams. Overall, I like this place a lot because it is a hidden gem, and not discovered by the public yet. A great place overall.
  • I have been taking my dogs to this park to run in the bay water off leash for years. I am extremely disappointed this year. There are several signs advising that dogs must be leashed at all times. So many families bring there dogs here and it has always been a great and friendly experience but apparently they no longer allow dogs to run in the water or down the beach. While I am extremely disappointed the paths are well kept and the park is clean. When a beach/park/town says they are dog friendly they typically allow dogs off leash. For anyone reading reviews and looking for a “dog friendly” beach , Dewey beach is a dog friendly beach town. Off season dogs can run off leash at anytime and in season dogs can be off leash before 9:30am and after 5:30pm. Unfortunately, this beach is not nice enough to come to without a dog but if you are just looking to walk the trails it is nice. If anyone else feels the way I do, I ask that you voice your opinion here and see if we can allow dogs to run free again at least at the beach.
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