Family Hike – Delaware Seashore Fresh Pond

August 5, 2014 at 1:00 am Leave a comment

Our first afternoon at Bethany Beach, we were in the market for a Family Hike. I pulled up Google Maps on my phone and scanned for green patches near us. That’s how I found a section of Delaware Seashore State Park called “Fresh Pond”. I’ve been coming to Bethany Beach ever since I was a little girl, but I was never aware of this park 2.1 miles away from our beach house!

It turns out there were other relatives interested in hiking. We ended up with Ryan, Vicky, Sagan, Dyson, Mom, my Aunt Priscilla, my Aunt Denise and my first cousin once removed, Mya. It was a Family Hike…with 100% more family!!!

Bethany Beach - Fresh Pond - Family Hike - With More Family!
Family Hike– With TWICE as Much Family!🙂🙂🙂

Bethany Beach - Fresh Pond - Dyson and Great Aunt Priscilla
My Aunt Priscilla (my muse for my grey hair) Holds Dyson

After serving us extraordinary well the past two days, Google Maps had a little bobble. It directed us to a residential neighborhood with less than optimal park access– it required bush-wacking. Instead, we parked at a trailhead on the northeast corner of the park off Coastal Highway 1, about a half mile north of Silver Sands Drive.

Fresh Pond Hike Route
Parking and Route (By Google Maps)

We took a 0.2 mile connector trail and turned right on the Prickley Pear Trail. In about a 0.5 miles, the trail took us to a gorgeous view of Beach Cove and arguably less than gorgeous views of horseshoe crab corpses in various stages of decomposition. : ) We continued along the Prickley Pear trail and formed a loop back to the connector trail. I believe we went roughly 1.4 to 1.6 miles total. The trails were flat and well-worn, perfect for the children.

Bethany Beach - Fresh Pond - Prickley Pear Trail - Sagan Runs After Mya
Mya and Sagan Run Along the Trail

Bethany Beach - Fresh Pond - Prickley Pear Trail - Ryan and Dyson
Ryan and Dyson at the Beginning of the Prickley Pear Trail

Fauna
On the connector trail, we found two women who were crabbing. They were vibrant and friendly and were kind enough to show the kids a Maryland Blue Crab. Then they interrupted the amorous activity of a pair of horseshoe crabs (poor things) so the kids could get a closer look. Sagan declined to touch the living horseshoe crab. Later, to my dismay, he would want to touch some dead ones at Beach Cove. We compromised and I let him “pretend” to touch the dead one. : )

Bethany Beach - Fresh Pond - Sagan, Mya, Ryan Look at Crab Catch
Crabbers Show Kids Maryland Blue Crab

Bethany Beach - Fresh Pond - Mating Horseshoe Crabs
Mating Horseshoe Crabs

Bethany Beach - Fresh Pond - Touching Male Horseshoe Crab
Sagan Declines to Touch Horseshoe Crab

Bethany Beach - Fresh Pond - Prickley Pear Trail - Sagan Pretends Touch Dead Horseshoe Crab
Sagan Pretends to Touch Dead Horseshoe Crab

Flora
The best part about this trail was I got to learn a new plant. I have been on other trails called “Prickley Pear” before, but it never occurred to me to find out what a Prickley Pear looks like. My Aunt Priscilla, a resident of Arizona, was quite familiar with Prickley Pears. She recognized the cactus immediately. They were plentiful along the trail and we even saw one blooming.

Bethany Beach - Fresh Pond - Prickley Pear Trail - Prickley Pear Bloom
Prickley Pear Bloom (Photo by Ryan Somma)

Another lovely find was Passiflora incarnata (Purple Passionflower). They are so intricate and lovely.

Bethany Beach - Fresh Pond - Prickley Pear Trail - Purple, Wavy Flower
Purple Passionflower

We also found some blueberries, but they weren’t ready for eating yet. At least, that’s what Ryan reported after tasting one. : )

Conclusion
Although short, it was a great family hike with plenty to see. We all had a great time visiting with each other, particularly little Sagan and Mya.

Bethany Beach - Fresh Pond - Prickley Pear Trail - Sagan Smiles at Mya
FUN!

More pictures of Delaware Seashore – Fresh Pond can be found on my Flickr site.

Delaware Seashore – Fresh Pond

Park Map

Length: Varies – 4.2 Miles of Trail to Choose From

Elevation Gain: Flat!

Entrance Fee: FREE!

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