Once upon a time, before a website like this one existed, we decided to visit the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge on a whim without being aware of several key facts. Namely:
If you make it over those two logistical hurdles, Bombay Hook is a one-of-a-kind experience. There are hiking trails here—5 to be exact—but they’re short, and typically designed to lead you to a specific viewpoint of the expansive tidal marsh. Some travel through woods, some are actual boardwalks along the water’s edge, and some have observation towers for optimal birdwatching.
This is, above all else, a place for birders, and you’ll see many of them parked along the driving tour route. For migratory birds, Bombay Hook is a critical link in a chain of refuges that stretches from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. Waterfowl, shorebirds, and birds of prey co-mingle here at the refuge’s four large water impoundments and 1,000 acres of open fields. There’s an incredible amount of wildlife on display at Bombay Hook. Look up in that tree! It’s an egret. Look down at the shore! It’s a diamondback terrapin. Look under that log! It’s a huge rat snake. It’s probably harmless, but back away slowly.
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Last updated: December 29, 2018