Delaware Department of

State Forest Camping

State Forest camping now open

Lodge is now open

Make a reservation now for the Redden Forest Lodge.


Camping is a great way to experience the natural wonder and majesty of Delaware’s forests. Take a hike and explore miles of wooded trails. Observe wildlife among the towering trees. Enjoy a picnic and cook a barbeque. Relax with a heartwarming campfire. Sleep under the stars.

Click here for the Forest Camping Guide to Online ReservationsState forest camping reservation link


Camping Facts

  • Camping is open year-round: sites are limited and permits required.
  • Amenities include on-site parking, BBQ grills, picnic tables, fire rings, firewood (if available), and portable toilets.
  • No showers or bath facilities provided.
  • $25 per night fee for each site at Blackbird or Redden State Forest.
  • A transaction fee of $3.50 will apply at time of booking, and again if a cancellation occurs.
  • Three-night maximum stay per reservation.

  • While no formal check-in is required for tent camping, check-in begins at 1 p.m., and check-out is at 11 a.m. 

  • Blackbird has eight (8) tent sites, and Redden has seven (7) sites.

  • Campers must use the online reservation link or click above.

  • Valid major credit card required.

  • Blackbird Camping Map

  • Redden Camping Map

For questions about Blackbird State Forest, email, or call 302-653-6505.

For questions about Redden State Forest, email, or call 302-856-2893.


Camping Regulations

  • Camping is by permit only and restricted to map-designated campsites.
  • Camping permits and online registration are available using the online reservation link, or contact forest offices.
  • Reservations are required before the arrival date.
  • Campsites are of a primitive type and used ONLY for tent camping. Pickup campers, travel trailers, and/or self-propelled motor homes are excluded due to access and parking limitations unless otherwise noted by a state forest employee.
  • Campsites are limited and equipped with tables, fire pits, and charcoal grills. Campsites are limited to a maximum number of six (6) people per site, with two (2) vehicles per site, overflow parking is provided nearby the parking areas. Camper(s) must remove their trash upon vacating their campsite and drop it off at the designated dumpster located on the camping map. Failure to adhere to these regulations will result in the camper’s removal and the assessment of fees for damage and cleanup. 
  • Except for animals permitted under lawful hunting regulations, all animals must be under the continuous control of the owner(s) unless otherwise authorized in writing by the Forestry Administrator. All dogs must be leashed unless covered by the exception above. State Forest visitors are responsible for the conduct and any personal or property damages caused by their animals.
  • Camping is at your own risk. State Forests are a public use area with no after-hours, nighttime, or weekend security. Law enforcement is provided by the Delaware State Police and the Department of Natural Resources Police should the need arise.
  • State forests are “multiple-use facilities,” which means other activities will continue while you camp. These activities include hunting, picnicking, hiking, nature study, horseback riding, firewood cutting (by permit only), and timber harvesting. The DFS reserves the right to limit or deny permits during times of conflicting use.
  • Firewood for camp use is available for purchase onsite, and no outside firewood is permitted. Please refer to the camping map for its location. If more firewood is needed, it may be gathered locally from dead and downed trees. Standing trees or shrubs shall not be cut. Using firewood outside the office complex’s designated area is prohibited. Campfires shall be contained within established fire rings only.
  • Campsites are to be left clean, and all fires must be extinguished before departing from the area.


Camping Safety

We encourage everyone to get outdoors and enjoy nature; however, there are inherent risks. These risks include but are not limited to insects, poisonous plants and berries, uneven terrain, weather, and wildlife. While experiencing the wilderness, you cannot eliminate every risk, we urge you to take precautions to reduce the likelihood you are impacted.


  • Don’t leave home without an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellent. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for reapplication times.
  • When outside, wear shoes, light-colored long-sleeved shirts, and pants. Dress your child in clothing that covers arms and legs. Light color clothing makes ticks easier to see.
  • Use permethrin (an insecticide) to treat clothing and gear (such as boots, pants, socks, and tents) but do not apply it to skin.
  • When returning from outdoor activities, check for ticks and remove any from the skin with tweezers as soon as possible to reduce the chance of disease transmission.

Redden Forest pavilion

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