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Just a bit north of Fenwick Island and northwest of Bethany Beach lies Holts Landing State Park, the smallest state park in the southern part of the First State.

Holts Landing State park shares many of the same activities like fishing, crabbing, and clamming. There’s also hiking along the Seahawk Trail, where hawks, herons, osprey and various songbirds fly overhead. It’s also home to the only open pier on the east coast of Delaware, where you can launch off your boats for a nice ride.

Area: 203 acres

List of Outdoor Activities:

  • Boating
  • Clamming
  • Crabbing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Paddling
  • Picnicking

List of Amenities:

  • 24-Hour Boat Ramp
  • Crabbing Pier
  • Day Use Area
  • Fishing Pier
  • Horseshoe Pits
  • Kayak/SUP Launch
  • Pavilion with Fire Pit
  • Picnic Tables
  • Restrooms
  • Trails
  • Primitive Campsites (youth groups only)
  • Wheelchair Accessible



Q: What are the park’s operating hours?
A: Open daily, from 8:00 AM to sunset (which varies every day)

Q: My friend likes bird-watching while I like to hike but we want to stick together. What do we do?
A: Why not do both at the same time? Enter the Hike the Seahawk Trail, where hikers may see hawks, herons, osprey and various songbirds on this trail that meanders along maritime forest, salt marsh, and freshwater habitats.

Q: Any place to get fresh crabs?
A: Certainly. Enjoy a beautiful day on the water by trying your luck catching blue crabs from Delaware State Parks’ only crabbing pier.

Q: Sounds fun! What about beach activities, though?
A: Holts Landing contains a surprising variety of beautiful landscapes, from bay shore beach to grassy fields and hardwood forests, with trails for walking and jogging. The bay waters are great for paddling by kayak or stand-up paddleboard, and wind-surfing is also popular.

Q: I got my boat in the trailer! Any place to get into the water?
A: Absolutely. The Holts Landing State Park boat ramp offers one of the only public access points on the Indian River Bay. It’s open 24 hours a day to catch the right tide for a day of fishing and boating.