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.

road biking
21 days ago

The gravel trail is wide and smooth, with little elevation change. Part of it is a raised boardwalk. The trail passes through salt marshes, along the western border of Gordon Pond, and through upland forest of pine, juniper, and oak. Very pleasant and easy. Connects to the bike loop trail in the northern end of Cape Henlopen STate Park. Hint: park in the free lot at Deauville Beach, about a mile south of the southern entrance to Cape Henlopen State Park, and bike in from there - save $5 ($10 out of state) park entrance fee.

camping
2 months ago

I love Cape Henlopen, it has to be the coolest place you can camp. Even though its a small state park, you’re right by the beach. So you can camp and walk over the dunes and you’re at the beach in 10mins. Its so peaceful at night with the wind, crickets, and the sound of the waves. And you can always find a camp ground year round.

road biking
2 months ago

nice trail leads to the beach that alone makes it 5 stars. easy to walk ride or walk your dog.

and also add another mile and a half from the end of the gordens pond trail to the center of town in rehobeth. I'm in Cape May and we're on this trail all the time, if you don't have a bike there is a bike rental right at the ferry terminal in lewes, you can find buy one get one free walk-on coupons to the ferry sometimes but if not it's $18 per person round trip, with or without a bike, If the round about distance of 8+ miles, one way from the ferry to rehobeth seems too much just do a day trip to Lewes, just take a right when you get off the boat and go to Lewes, it's about a mile each way, very do-able even for a novice and there are plenty of places to eat, cocktail and shop, a great day trip either way you go! and I'll just throw this in, if you like Mexican you have to eat at Agave in lewes, some of the best mexican food and margaritas ever, anywhere! I kid you not!

it's a great ride! if your coming off the ferry add about a mile and a half to the actual trail distance, very well maintained trails, takes you just about to the main drag in rehobeth,

My husband and I just rode this trail 2 times this weekend. We recommend bringing your own bike or renting from Atlantic cycles in Rehobeth for the ride. They have great prices and nice bikes! This trail will definitely give you a nice workout! Beautiful trail!

hiking
4 months ago

This is a well marked path that is shared with cyclists too. It goes past several World War II structures and offers a lot of variety in terrain. Don't forget your bug spray!

hiking
5 months ago

Nice trail. Very little elevation change. At the Henlopan side, there is a very good raised deck trail, which is almost 1/2 mile long. Saw some birds and a Red Fox! Some benches are placed at various intervals. Do beware on the two observation platforms, there are wooden stops across them. There is an elevation change on both sides. On one of them, this is not obvious.

mountain biking
5 months ago

Go see some history, climb a lighthouse and enjoy nature. Great for the family, biking a must!

I really enjoy walking on this trail

Nice and safe

Love it, just have problems with lines on bridge, makes me dizzy.

Easy walk, wet at times, can get crowded

Nice trail anytime! Can be hot in summer months as not much shade, but great views of WWII Towers. Connect with Junction Breakwater Trail for nice 16 mike loop to Rehoboth and Lewes.

Great trail to run in early morning summer days and anytime during other seasons!! Connect to Gordon Pond Trail for a nice 16 mike loop to Rehoboth!

hiking
10 months ago

Great trail. 2.7 miles from parking at Herring Point to pavilion at Gordon’s Pond. Nice trail with short boardwalk over marsh. You can just reverse and go back or do the shorter return along the beach. Fantastic hike!! Lots of MAMILs. Middle aged men in Lycra who do not share the road well. Sometimes rude and dangerous behavior.

walking
Sunday, October 15, 2017

Beautiful trail for both walking and biking!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Connects to the Gordon Pond Trail, World War 11 history and great views.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Great views, best biking trail we have done to date! nature and a history lesson also

trail running
Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Wonderful place all year round!

hiking
Sunday, May 21, 2017

Nice gravel trail with the kids. Saw deer in the marsh. Good trail for bikes.

walking
Saturday, June 04, 2016

Gorgeous walk. Generously sized path. Ample parking.

hiking
Thursday, June 02, 2016

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
Thursday, June 02, 2016

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).

Very boring trail. Straight line through the woods... WOW! What else ya got Delaware?

hiking
Wednesday, September 02, 2015

I hiked from Herring Point to Gordon's Pond and back. It was 5 miles total and took me less than an hour and a half to complete that portion of the trail. Nice walk on a beautiful day with well maintained trails.

hiking
Wednesday, August 12, 2015

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.

Friday, August 07, 2015

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

mountain biking
Thursday, July 23, 2015

Trail is complete awsome. Biked it 7/19/15. Only suggestion is to stop at all marked stops, and look as if you were in a motor vehicle.

Love this trail. Beautiful bike ride from Rehoboth to Lewes.

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