Delaware Department of

Forest Service

state forests

Forest Campsites and Redden Lodge

Delaware’s state forest campsites are now open to the public under a new online reservation system that allows for advance booking and preferred site selection. Primitive-style camping is available 365 days a year on a first-come, first-serve basis at both Blackbird State Forest, north of Smyrna, and Redden State Forest, north of Georgetown.

State forests only allow tent camping: pickup campers, travel trailers and/or self-propelled motor homes are excluded due to access and parking limitations, unless otherwise noted. Amenities include on-site parking, BBQ grills, picnic tables, fire rings, firewood (if available), and portable toilets. No showers or bath facilities provided.

The cost per night is $25 per site (plus a small administrative fee) with a three night maximum stay per reservation. Each state forest has added two new sites for a total of eight (8) at Blackbird and seven (7) at Redden. All camping requires a permit and is subject to state forest rules and regulations. Complete information, maps, camping rules, and reservation links are at

Forest Action Plan

The Delaware Forest Service has completed its new Delaware Forest Resource Assessment and a new Delaware Statewide Forest Strategy – Read it here.


Forest Action Plan

Our Mission

To conserve, protect, and enhance the forest and its resources for the public through education, management, demonstration, promotion, and providing technical services in a timely and efficient manner.

Forest Service
The Delaware Forest Service provides a wide range of services to help Delawareans manage and improve their forest resources. These services are divided into three categories: conservation, protection, and education.

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