Explore the most popular trails in Cape Henlopen State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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.

Definitely more of a walk (you're in Delaware) but still nice and peaceful!! Very popular so it is crowded with bikers and walkers. My pup and I chose to start at Herring Point and then once we got to the end we actually walked the shoreline back! The beach is beautiful and less crowded.

hiking
no shade
6 days ago

We chose this “hike” because we read two articles that picked it as the best day hike in Delaware. First, this is most definitely NOT a hike- it is a walk. A wide path, extremely heavily trafficked, even in February. Bikers will fly by you and there’s often trash along the side of the path. There is very minimal shade and a lot of hot beach sun beating down. The trail goes between two parking lots so choose to begin/end at either. Three stars because the trees growing in the dunes makes for some nice scenery but that’s limited views. The pond smells bad as well. Unimaginative walk, but absolutely not a hike. There are much, much better hikes in Delaware (think Lum’s Pond or White Clay Creek). Saw a couple gulls and one blue heron.

Nice trail if you want to get a little distance in. The majority of the is crushed gravel and the rest is a boardwalk style platform. There are benches along the path and observation platforms for those who enjoy birding. This trail is extremely well maintained and can be combined with some of the attaching trails in the park to explore further. Lots of wildlife even in the winter to spot.

hiking
12 days ago

Trail was a total of 6 miles for us since we went to end and up to point and then back. Bathrooms (port a pots) need to be taken care of. Park service needs to have company service this area better.

hiking
1 month ago

It's a nice walk, the trail is very well-maintained and has plenty if views for bird watchers.

hiking
1 month ago

Totally flat trail. Nice ocean vista. A fair number of people walking and biking

Pleasant short wooded trail. Flat and marked the old fashion way with boughs. Easy to gain mileage by adding some of the other neighboring trails. My walk was 5.5 miles

Very well maintained trail. I didn't like that you go through a neighborhood.

hiking
4 months ago

So pretty but the trails aren’t clean enough. Easy to get lost.

hiking
4 months ago

A nice kid- friendly hike. We needed to use strollers and overall, it worked well. My only complaint is that it wasn't marked well where it overlapped with the bike loop, and so we got a bit off track.

mountain biking
bugs
4 months ago

Very nice trail wish we could have stayed longer. Pond was a little dry since there had not been much rain before we came. Beautiful near the beach!

mountain biking
4 months ago

Gorgeous

hiking
5 months ago

Great relaxing ride, lots of places to go “off” trail for a “sesh”. Don’t go mid day, the earlier the better. Always a quick ride to up your heart rate, and clear your mind.

hiking
bugs
6 months ago

road biking
6 months ago

gravel dust multi use

on Gordons Pond Trail

road biking
6 months ago

My favorite place to bike. Breath taking views, flat wide trail, no stopping for road crossing.

great ride. perfectly marked

Beautiful trail! Great for families. Nice and flat well marked and maintained!

on Gordons Pond Trail

hiking
bugs
7 months ago

road biking
7 months ago

Great trail for those wishing to bypass vehicular beach traffic. If you make a loop of it, expect heavy traffic at Rehoboth. Gordon's Pond trail is great for wildlife.

mountain biking
8 months ago

This is one of my all time favorite trail it is a awesome trail to go from cape henlopen to rehobeth beach/boardwalk. It is a gravel trail with some bridges. It is a very nice ride. There is a swamp/pond that can be a little bit stinky but beautiful.

mountain biking
8 months ago

One of our favorites.

mountain biking
8 months ago

This is one of our go to trails. Love Cape Henlopen. ♡♡♡

mountain biking
8 months ago

Amazing trail through the marshes, woodlands, and beach area.

Easy fun trail, love all the wildlife!

lack of markings

hiking
blowdown
muddy
9 months ago

First, dogs are not permitted. Altrails needs to correct that. This loop is quiet and peaceful but not well marked. The pine forests here are flat and covered with needles. The trail is mainly lined with downed branches and logs with an occasional bench and post. It was easy to get off the trail. There we're a few muddy spots with fallen trees. These areas were marked with blue flags which didn't help to find a way through.

mountain biking
10 months ago

Kid friendly trail- flat with lots to see and do, many options for stopping. Also has air stations and lots of parking. Many other trails available at this park. Trails are nice and wide so you don’t feel like too much of a bother to hikers. Boardwalk bridge is lovely.

road biking
10 months ago

Flat and easy path for biking with kids. We hopped on this trail from downtown Rehoboth and rode to Lewes for lunch. Then rode to Henlopen Park and hopped on Gordon’s Pond to get back into Rehoboth. Was about a 16 mile trip in total.

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