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.

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
2 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
4 months ago

Beautiful trail for both walking and biking!

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

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

trail running
6 months ago

Wonderful place all year round!

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.

hiking
Sunday, January 12, 2014

Great trail for people of all ages. Saw two Red Foxes during a recent visit. Very well maintained.

hiking
Thursday, August 15, 2013

Nice fairly easy trail from Rehoboth to Lewes. The section on Gill Neck is right on the road with no shoulder, a little too dangerous to do with kids. If you turn around when you reach the end of the wooded area it is a great family trail. Beautiful marshes and woods.

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