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State Forest CampingState Forest Camping

Horseback riding at Redden State ForestCamping 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.

In Delaware, camping is available year-round at no cost at both Blackbird State Forest and Redden State Forest. However, campsites are limited and permits are required. Amenities include on-site parking, BBQ grills, picnic tables, fire rings, free firewood (if available), and portable toilets. No showers or bath facilities are provided.

Please read the following rules and policies that apply to camping at each state forest.

Blackbird State Forest Camping Rules and Regulations

  1. A forest use permit is required for all camping on State Forest lands. Camping is free-of-charge, year-round, restricted to map-designated campsites. Permits are available at the Blackbird State Forest Office, 502 Blackbird Forest Road, Smyrna, DE 19977 during office hours or from the information box.
  2. Campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations may be accepted for special occasions.
  3. Campsites are of a primitive type, and are to be used ONLY for tent, van or pickup campers. Travel trailers and self-propelled motor homes are excluded due to access and parking limitations.
  4. There are a limited number of campsites, each is large enough to accommodate large families. These are equipped with tables, fire pits, charcoal grills and a trash barrel. Campsites are limited to a maximum number of 25 people per site, with a maximum stay of three nights per week.
  5. Camping is at your own risk. There is no after-hours, nighttime or weekend security. Law enforcement is provided by the Delaware State Police should the need arise.
  6. Common sense security is your responsibility at all times. The forest is a public use area without 24-hour protection.
  7. State forests are “multiple-use facilities”, which means other activities will continue while you camp. These activities include: hunting, picnicking, hiking, orienteering, nature study, horseback riding, firewood cutting (by permit only), and timber harvesting. The DDA Forest Service reserves the right to limit or deny permits during times of conflicting use.
  8. Firewood for camp use is available at the campsites. If more firewood is needed, it may be gathered locally from dead and downed trees. No standing trees or shrubs are to be cut. Using firewood located at the office complex is prohibited. Campfires are to be in established fire rings only.
  9. Pets are permitted, but must be under control or leashed.
  10. Campsites are to be left clean for the next users, and all fires are to be extinguished before departing from the area

Redden Forest pavilionRedden State Forest Camping Rules and Regulations

  1. Camping is free-of-charge, year round, restricted to designated campsites. A forest use permit is required on all State Forest Lands. To check on availability and to reserve a campsite, you must call (302) 856-2893 during office hours, Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. or email Gerald.Webb @state.de.us.
  2. Camping without prior approval/permit from a State Forest Officer is not allowed and violators will be prosecuted per Delaware Code.
  3. The number of campers that are stated on the permit shall be the number of persons in campsite at all times; guests cannot be invited without permission from Forest Officer. Stays are limited to a maximum of three nights per week.
  4. Campsites are to be of primitive type, and are to be used only for tent, van or pickup campers, unless given permission by a Forest Officer.
  5. There are a limited number of campsites, each equipped with a picnic table, charcoal grill and fire ring. Do not use fire ring as a trash incinerator.
  6. Camping is at your own risk. State Forests are a public use area and there is no after-hours, nighttime or weekend security. Law enforcement should be requested from the Delaware State Police should the need arise.
  7. State Forest are multiple-use areas which means other activities will continue while you camp. These activities may include, but not be limited to: 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 or weather related conditions.
  8. Firewood for campsite use is available at the campsite area. Return all unused firewood to the storage area so it will be dry for the next user. Using firewood located in other areas is not permitted. Gathering firewood from dead and down trees is permitted. Standing trees or shrubs shall not be cut.
  9. Campsites shall be left clean and all fires are to be extinguished before departing from site.
  10. Be sure to abide by all other State Forest Land rules and regulations when using campsites.

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