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The Prickly Pear Trail is a 3.5-mile loop in Delaware Seashore State Park’s Fresh Pond area. The trail runs through young forest and open meadows, with the eastern stretch featuring a crushed stone surface and the western a more challenging sand base. At the trail’s northern end, trail users are treated to views of Beach Cove, an inlet of Indian River Bay.
A paved connector trail to the north provides direct access to State Route 1, while to the south the Fred Hudson Road Trail follows the road to its intersection with Cedar Neck Road in Ocean View.
Note that this trail is closed during hunting season. See the DNREC website for hunting season dates and locations, and keep an eye out for signs at the park.
Parking for the Prickly Pear Trail is available at the trailhead on Hickman Road in Ocean View, just east of Cedar Neck Road.
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