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.

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!

10 days 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!

1 month 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.

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!

6 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.

8 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
10 months ago

Wonderful place all year round!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

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

Saturday, June 04, 2016

Gorgeous walk. Generously sized path. Ample parking.

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).

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?

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.

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.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

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

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.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

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!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

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.

Saturday, July 07, 2012

nice trail connecting rehoboth and lewes. nice scenery and shade to avoid summer temps and sun. use it weekly

mountain biking
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

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!

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