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James Farm Loop

 
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Length

2.4 Miles 3.9 Kilometers

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Runnable

15%

Singletrack

Elevation

40' 12 m

Ascent

-40' -12 m

Descent

1%

Avg Grade (0°)

4%

Max Grade (2°)

13' 4 m

High

2' 1 m

Low

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All Clear 62 days ago
Dry, Some Mud History

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An easy hike on the Indian River Bay.

Bob Collins

Overview

Closed dusk to dawn. No hunting at the James Farm.
This loop of trails winds through meadows and forests with views of saltmarshes and the Indian River Bay.
Features: Birding — Fall Colors — River/Creek — Swimming — Views — Wildlife
Dogs: Leashed

Need to Know

Ticks and insects can be troublesome during the summer months. Paddlesport rentals available during the summer at the beach.

Runner Notes

A nice run of approximately 4 miles can be done with just a few duplications. There are some toe-stubber roots to watch for.

Description

The loop is best accessed from the east side, where the trail separates pine forest and meadow. Make sure to access the short boardwalk to the viewing platform to view Slough's Gut and Beach Cove. The meadow loop will sometimes reveal deer and turkey.

Crossing back to the west side, the trails wind through early successional forest, then pines, then mature mixed maritime forest. Careful of the boardwalks, which can be slippery and uneven. There are views of saltmarsh. Pasture Point Cove and the beach there is the highlight of the hike.

Flora & Fauna

An E-Bird hotspot, numerous shorebirds, song birds and raptors documented on or passing through the property. Many turtles including eastern box on the wooded trails and diamond-back terrapins in the bay. No venomous snakes.

Various vegetative zones include freshwater wetland, saltmarsh, beach, mixed maritime forest and upland meadow. All sorts of cool mushrooms during wet periods (forage at your own peril).

History & Background

Donated to Sussex County in 1994 by Mary Lighthipe, the property is now operated by the non-profit Delaware Center for the Inland Bays

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