Woodland Beach on the Delaware Bay
Woodland Beach Is On The Delaware Bay East Of Smyrna, Delaware
Woodland Beach is a lovely small beach located about eight miles east of Smyrna, Delaware, near the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge that I mentioned in my last post. From Route 9 in Smyrna, turn onto Route 6 and follow it until you come to the beach. There is a very large parking area adjacent to a freshwater pond which is often filled with waterfowl. A wooden boardwalk provides access to the water for boaters.
The beach has fine to medium tan sand, and at low tide it is about 30 feet wide from high tide mark to the gently lapping waves. If you enjoy searching for sea glass, or bay glass to be technically correct, this is the place to be. Rockhounders, too, will be overjoyed with this beach because of the unique pummeled rocks and minerals that line the sandy shore. Interested in looking for seashells? Woodland Beach has a variety of shells, too, and many are lined with mollusk secretions similar to mother-of-pearl. Beachcombers can spend the entire afternoon at Woodland Beach and still need to come back the next day to finish scanning their search area. That's how many beauties of nature that can be found on this beach!
Woodland Beach also offers great opportunities for fishing and crabbing from its new Fishing Pier. There are also benches on the pier for visitors who prefer to relax and just enjoy the view of the Delaware Bay and the surrounding wetlands.
The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) monitors the beach to maintain its natural beauty and to remind people that it is a carry-in, carry-out beach and no littering is allowed. Access to the beach is free and parking is free, as well.
Can you find the piece of sea glass in this photograph from Woodland Beach?
Do you see any sea glass in this second photograph from Woodland Beach?
What about this picture of Woodland Beach? Can you identify any rocks, minerals, or shells? Try zooming your screen to get a good close-up view, as if you were actually beachcombing on the sunny beach right now.
As you can see, Woodland Beach is loaded with interesting things for both beachcombers and rockhounders to find.