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Delaware's Bayshore Byway
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Colonial Courthouse in the City of New Castle, traveling south on Route 9 to the John Dickinson Plantation, at the intersection of Routes 9 and 113.


Approximately 50 miles

Drive Time

A little over an hour

Full Enjoyment Time

Two days

Byway Contacts

Steve Borleske 
Byway Leader, Delaware Greenways
100 W 10th St
PO Box 2095
Wilmington, DE 19801

Kent County Convention & Visitors Bureau
435 N DuPont Highway
Dover, DE 19901

Corridor Management Plan

For a complete listing of this final report including all appendices, maps and directions are included.

Delaware's Bayshore Byway is a Delaware treasure - a scenic, two-lane road that follows along the Delaware River and Bay Estuary. It offers visitors an intimate experience with the largest preserved coastal marshland on the east coast.New Castle County Courthouse The byway lies entirely within the Atlantic Flyway where each spring, hundreds of thousands of migrating shorebirds can be found feeding and resting while they continue their journey to their northern breeding grounds. While in the fall, the byway corridor displays thousands of waterfowl migrating south for the winter.

Delaware's Bayshore Byway provides a rare glimpse of a simpler time where one can unwind and savor the state's pastoral scenery. This picturesque 52-mile long corridor from the historic city of Old New Castle south to the John Dickinson Plantation compliments the State's designation of Route 9 as a Coastal Heritage Greenway. The byway encompasses the First State Heritage Park in Dover linking historic and cultural sites in the city where since 1777 it is Delaware's seat of government.

Delaware's Coastal Heritage Byway is a road of rhythm and rhyme. It offers a connection to all that is Delaware; history, open space, fresh and saltwater marshes, small towns and large farms, rivers and the bay, lighthouses and dark skies, historic mansions and migrant shacks, and water birds and watermen.

adoptDelaware Bayshore Byway Branding and Style Guide

The Brand Style Guide is intended for those supporting the byway to foster promotion, participation, and other programming awareness needs. Please use according to the intentions and instructional guide.

Points of Interest

adoptBayshore Architectural Tour Guide

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