Celebrate Autumn at Delaware’s Blackbird Creek Fall Festival Saturday, Oct. 25

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Explore the nature preserve at a free, fun-filled festival for the entire family

Celebrate Autumn at the Blackbird Creek Fall Festival Saturday, Oct. 25TOWNSEND, Del. – Autumn’s vibrant foliage, the pristine waters and lush landscape of Blackbird Creek Reserve will be showcased 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 at the Blackbird Creek Fall Festival. The festival is being held at the Blackbird Creek Reserve – located at 801 Blackbird Landing Road near Townsend – one of the most beautiful and ecologically valuable areas in Delaware.

“The festival has something for the entire family,” said Jennifer Holmes, festival coordinator. “We encourage people to bring their cameras and photograph one of the most scenic vistas in the state.”

The festival includes guided hikes, hay rides, canoe trips, geocaching, kids’ crafts and more. Local folk bands and musicians, including Celtic Harvest and Bill McAvoy, will perform, and regional nature and wildlife painters, carvers, sculptors, photographers, and authors will display their talents. The Delaware Bay Retriever Club will demonstrate waterfowl retriever exercises, and Quiet Thunder (Dick Gilbert) of the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribe of New Jersey will present a Native American demonstration. Local food vendors will also be on-site to provide refreshments for purchase.

The Blackbird Creek Reserve and St. Jones Reserve are two components of the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR), a cooperative program between the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Division of Soil and Water Conservation, Delaware Coastal Programs and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The goal of the program is to establish, protect, and manage natural estuarine habitats for research and education. The Blackbird Creek and St. Jones Reserves include both brackish and freshwater estuaries, and represent the diverse estuarine ecosystems found throughout the Mid-Atlantic.

Directions to the Blackbird Creek Festival:

From Wilmington, Del.

  1. Take either Route 13 South or I-95 South to DE-Route 1 South (portions toll) toward Shore Points/Dover.
  2. Take exit #142 toward Mt. Pleasant/St. Georges. Merge onto Pole Bridge Road.
  3. Turn left onto DuPont Parkway South/US-13 South and travel approximately 6.5 miles.
  4. Turn left onto Blackbird Landing Road (at traffic light) and travel approximately 2 miles.
  5. The Blackbird Creek Reserve parking area will be on your left.

From Dover, Del.

  1. Take Route 1 North (portions toll).
  2. Take exit #119 towards North Smyrna/Townsend. At the end of the ramp, turn left onto Route 13 North.
  3. Follow Route 13 for approximately 1.9 miles and bear right onto Union Church Road (turn is just before Willey Farms.
  4. Take the right at four-way stop onto Blackbird Landing Road.
  5. The Blackbird Creek Reserve parking area will be on your left.