Beaches and Open Spaces Cape Henlopen's beaches attract thousands of visitors who enjoy ocean swimming and sunbathing. Two designated swimming beaches provide lifeguard patrols between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day (schedule may vary due to staff availability). Umbrellas can be rented during the summer. The northern swimming area also features a modern bath house with showers, changing rooms, and a food concession. The park's open spaces feature many other activities. A picnic pavilion and the "Officer's Club" building can both be reserved for group events. An 18-hole disc golf course encourages friendly competition, and basketball courts promote more active exercise. Winter hunting is permitted in some areas of the park; a hunting permit is required, and information can be obtained from the Park Office. Annual events such as the Kite Festival and the Halloween Fantasy Trail are family favorites. The park also conducts a variety of entertaining recreational programs, including natural history lectures, seaside seining, and birdwatching, to name but a few. Cape Henlopen has many year-round hiking and biking opportunities. Experience the park's scenic and ever-changing landscape - and get a lesson in history - along the three-mile-long paved trail that loops the park. Take a trail break and climb to the top of the World War II Observation Tower, where the 360-degree views are spectacular. Or take a short climb to the top of a former military bunker to view the dynamic action along the Atlantic coastline. Explore the coastal environment along the Seaside or the Pinelands Nature Trails, or hike the six miles of beach along the Atlantic Ocean.

hiking
6 months ago

The Gordon's Pond Trail surface is improved with gravel and bridges. It's well suited for walking, trail running and mountain biking. The trail starts in scrub pines, and then travels through a salt marsh. It was overcast for our hike, but normally the trail would be full for sun for much of the hike. There were port-a-pots at the trail head parking area (Herring Point).

hiking
6 months ago

The Walking Dunes Trail surface is improved with gravel. It's well suited for trail running and mountain biking. The trail starts in scrub pines, and then travels through a salt marsh. It was overcast for our hike, but normally the trail would be full for sun for much of the hike. The black flies were out in force. This would be a good hike for the early spring. There were port-a-pots at the trail head parking area (Herring Point).

hiking
1 year ago

Favorite state park in DE by far. The trails are well maintained and have varieties of landscape and wildlife. Tons of other things to do here too; from the beach to biking, fishing, camping, and don't forget about checking out the war bunkers/towers/guns.

Love this trail with diversity of sand, woods, marsh, hills, water views - doesn't get much better!

hiking
3 years ago

I love my mountains and my wife loves the beach. Both of us benefit on this one. Wildlife is abundant and seemingly undaunted by the presence of people. My wife and I hike the nature trail portion just after a storm and found it to be quite swampy in some places so bring the appropriate attire for the occasional water crossing. If you have kids, or are a kid at heart be sure to hit the nature center afterwards. And be sure to check the schedule of events for the park there is always something interesting going on! Fun for all ages!

hiking
4 years ago

Enjoyed the trails and park in general. Spent the day with family site seeing, fishing, bike riding, swimming. ( bike rental free) This park offers a piece of Military history, with a wonderful views, abundance of wildlife. The trails are paved and were slightly challenging.

mountain biking
4 years ago

This is a great, mostly flat, paved loop throughout Cape Henlopen State Park. It's a wonderful way to see the local flora and fauna, and see the remains of Fort Miles as well. I peddled this with my 8yo daughter, and we both thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!