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Holts Landing State Park


Special Notice: 6/28/19

The Sea Hawk trail is currently closed for maintenance.

About the Park

Historically, the shores of the inland bays were home to native Americans, who harvested seafood and hunted in the surrounding marshes and forests. After the European settlers arrived, agriculture developed slowly around the "little bays." The property that is now Holts Landing State Park has a long recorded history as a small family farm. The Holt family maintained a farm with a bayshore boat landing on this site until 1957, when the property was sold to the state highway department. Then, in 1965, the first parcel of land was transferred to the State Park Commission, forming Holts Landing State Park.

Fishing, Clamming and Crabbing

holts landing pier

If seafood is on the menu, wade the shallow waters of the Indian River Bay in search of mussels or clams, take your boat out on the bay for a day of fishing, or drop a line for blue crabs from the park's crabbing pier, the only pier in Delaware built specifically for crabbing. Fishing permit required. Click for information about surf fishing permits and fishing licenses. WARNING: The State online automated fishing license system is NOT compatible with mobile devices or iPads and may encounter printing issues with touch screen computers and apple products.

Paddling, Picnics and Family Fun

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. A pavilion with a nearby fire pit offers is available for group gatherings like family reunions and company picnics. During the summer season, bring the family to enjoy Family Fun Nights and bayside concerts sponsored by the Friends of Holts Landing State Park.

Upcoming Events

Hike the Sea Hawk Trail - CANCELLED

Saturday, April 25, 2020

10:00 AM

Hike the Sea Hawk Trail with a naturalist and explore the many habitats within this hidden gem of a park! This 1.7-mile trail meanders through hardwood forest, meadow, salt marsh and intertidal zones. Pre-registration required Call (302)-227-6991 for more information FREE

Add to Calendar 4/25/2020 10:00:00 AM 4/25/2020 11:30:00 AM America/New_York Hike the Sea Hawk Trail - CANCELLED Hike the Sea Hawk Trail with a naturalist and explore the many habitats within this hidden gem of a park! This 1.7-mile trail meanders through hardwood forest, meadow, salt marsh and intertidal zones. Pre-registration required Call (302)-227-6991 for more information FREE Holts Landing State Park

Featured Program: Brown Box Theatre presents: Mox Nox or Soon Comes The Night

Thursday, May 28, 2020

8:00 PM

At Holts Landing State Park In a world of magical realism and rising water, two sisters are reunited at their family home. Mira, the caretaker sister, had to weather her mother’s death alone, and holds every childhood slight so close that she is literally burning from the inside out, shedding ashes and embers, as her wife, Amanda attempts to soothe her. Sister Deedee has returned to bring her fiancée, Pike, to safety, even as her memory is vanishing faster and faster. In this slowly drowning world, everyone is searching for higher ground. The sisters battle to the end, one unable to forget, the other unable to remember. A play of lyrical magic and visual surprise, with characters who desperately need love and dry land. No tickets are needed. Lawn seating, blankets, and lawn chairs welcome. This program is sponsored by the Delaware Division of the Arts and Delaware State Parks.

Add to Calendar 5/28/2020 8:00:00 PM America/New_York Featured Program: Brown Box Theatre presents: Mox Nox or Soon Comes The Night At Holts Landing State Park In a world of magical realism and rising water, two sisters are reunited at their family home. Mira, the caretaker sister, had to weather her mother’s death alone, and holds every childhood slight so close that she is literally burning from the inside out, shedding ashes and embers, as her wife, Amanda attempts to soothe her. Sister Deedee has returned to bring her fiancée, Pike, to safety, even as her memory is vanishing faster and faster. In this slowly drowning world, everyone is searching for higher ground. The sisters battle to the end, one unable to forget, the other unable to remember. A play of lyrical magic and visual surprise, with characters who desperately need love and dry land. No tickets are needed. Lawn seating, blankets, and lawn chairs welcome. This program is sponsored by the Delaware Division of the Arts and Delaware State Parks. Holts Landing State Park

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