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Dog Friendly Amenities

Ashland Nature Center rests in the piedmont of northern Delaware.  It’s hidden in the countryside and offers a variety of well maintained hiking trails, public restrooms, picnic tables, access to small creeks and Red Clay Creek, a covered bridge, an abundance of bird life, public programs and it’s FREE to visit!  Check out some of Ashland’s highlights below and how to get there.

For directions to Ashland please see their website using the link below…

Ashland Nature Center

Best time to visit: Fall is beautiful at Ashland, with views of all the fall colors and rolling hills in the distance.  Since Ashland hosts a variety of programs for public school groups the Weekend and Summer are the least crowded times to visit.  

What to bring: Ashland has a poop bag station by the gazebo off the trail near the parking lot and a pet station on the trail just past the nature center.  There is also a dumpster located near the driveway and lawn area.  Water and snacks for your dog (or they can drink from the creek like mine does!).  Bug spray is a good idea for ticks and mosquitoes, however, it’s generally not too bad here when we visit.  Sunscreen isn’t too necessary in the summer as most of the area is shaded unless you are hiking in parts of the open meadow.

Know before you go:  Public restrooms are available, however, I have seen them closed before so go before you visit just in case.  Check the trail map of Ashland before visiting to plan your route.  There are usually trail maps in the visitor center (which does have office hours listed on the site).

Best trails to hike with your dog: Our favorite trail to hike is the Succession Trail (red trail) starting at the Visitor Center (this is the trail where you will find the dog poop station).  We follow the Succession Trail along Birch Run (there are some great spots to stop here to let your dog get a drink of water and dip their feet in) and then cross Red Clay Creek and take the Floodplain Trail (blue trail).  This trail will lead you by the huge sycamore tree (check us out near the tree below).  We then continue on along the Succession Trail (red trail) onto the Nature’s Bounty trail (yellow trail) and walk along the Marsh Boardwalk and back to the Picnic Area.

Other notable stops:  Sledding Hill provides some great views!  The walk down to the Succession Trail (red trail) can be rather steep.  Treetop Trail is a nice hike with pretty monoliths and trees.  This trail can be accessed from the Nature’s Bounty trail (yellow trail) to extend your hike.

Have fun hiking and exploring and let us know your thoughts in the comments!