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 Nature & Outdoor Activities Itinerary:
The Ultimate Outdoor Getaway in Delaware’s Quaint Villages
Escape into the great outdoors with a visit to one of the many expansive camping sites in Kent County. For a weekend full of cooking dinner directly under a starry sky, exploring the area’s rich wildlife and falling asleep to the soothing hum of nature all around you, this is the perfect itinerary to get the guys together or to take time and get a little lost in nature.
Day 1 Killens Pond State Park in Felton is a great spot for the full outdoors experience. The wooded campground is a popular attraction year-round — the facility boasts 59 campsites complete with electric and water hookups to accommodate both tents and recreational vehicles. There’s also a primitive camping loop for tents that features 17 walk-in sites.
Once you’ve settled in at your campsite, head over to the park’s namesake. Killens Pond has convenient boat launch ramps and fishing spots, as well as canoes, rowboats, kayaks and pedal boats for rent during the summer. Take a leisurely paddle west across the 66-acre pond and under a bridge to travel upstream on              
                                                              
Day 2 Rise early and enjoy an easy-to-moderate hike along the Pondside Trail. This packed-earth surface has many side connector trails linking to scenic views of the pond. Nearby, the Cross Country Trail begins in the                  west end of Killens Pond and loops around the youth campground. The Life Course Trail follows a forested path of grass and pine needles and includes 20 various workout stations along the trail.
If a bike ride is more your speed, hop on the trail that follows the main access road and runs parallel to Killens Pond Road. Kent County is known for its extensive scenic cycling trails, and nothing says “outdoor                and among charming historic towns. Unwind from the week and feel the wind through your hair while cycling through the picturesque towns along the banks of the Delaware Bay, circle around the Amish countryside or setting without a destination and seeing where cycling through the trails of Kent County takes you, from St. Jones Greenway in Dover to Blackbird State Forest in Smyrna.
Along the way, there are a number of excellent restaurants to make a pitstop and refuel! If you’re riding through Smyrna, check out Brick Works Brewing & Eats or Sheridan’s Irish Pub. Brick Works prides itself on presenting the best eats Delaware has to offer, utilizing locally sourced ingredients for both their beers and their menu items, while Sheridan’s offers a variety of traditional Irish and American cuisine, along with a large selection of Irish and domestic beverages.
Or if you head over to Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Smyrna, stop along the way at Sambo’s Tavern in Leipsic for steamed shrimp, clams and crab cakes! This local favorite is cash-only, and keep in mind this is a true tavern — 21 and over only!
Closer to Dover is The Green Stinger Sports Bar and Grill, a local hangout for all ages, serving great food and drinks in an up-beat, laid-back atmosphere driven by the excitement and harmony of sports and music.
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