The James Farm is among the last “wild” open spaces in Ocean View open to the public.
Located just a short drive from Bethany Beach, Delaware on Cedar Neck Road in Ocean View, the James Farm Ecological Preserve is an oasis of wild land on Indian River Bay.
From the sandy beach at low tide, you can walk through seven distinctive habitats; from the salty flats of the low marsh with its salt marsh cord grass and glasswort, through the shrubby high marsh with bayberry, marsh alder and salt marsh hay, into the shade of the loblolly pines, holly and red cedar of the maritime forest, into the deep shade of the hardwood forest under a canopy of southern red oak, hickory, sweet gum and sassafras, finally to emerge back into the sunshine in the meadows that were once farm fields.
The public is invited to visit the James Farm any day from sunrise to sundown, free of charge. Visitors are asked to carry out their trash. Pets are invited but should be leashed so that wildlife in the Preserve are not disturbed.