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.

road biking
11 days 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
24 days 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
1 month ago

One of our favorites.

mountain biking
1 month ago

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

mountain biking
1 month ago

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

Easy fun trail, love all the wildlife!

lack of markings

hiking
blowdown
muddy
2 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
2 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.

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.

hiking
4 months ago

Hiked this recently as one of my first trails in a long time since I'm getting back into the hobby. It's nice overall. Downside kind of goes without saying in Delaware in that everything is small, so you're never really far out of earshot of cars on the road. But there are a few really nice moments. Walking through the salt marsh is quite nice - at least in early spring. I'm sure bugs will be a-plenty once the weather warms. Beyond cutting through the salt marsh, the nicest parts of the trail are seeing some of the World War II history around.

on Walking Dunes Trail

7 months ago

walked part of it on a cold Thanksgiving weekend. beautiful

road biking
9 months 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
11 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
11 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,

Monday, June 18, 2018

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
Thursday, June 14, 2018

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
Saturday, May 19, 2018

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
Saturday, May 05, 2018

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

Saturday, April 14, 2018

I really enjoy walking on this trail

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Nice and safe

Monday, March 05, 2018

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

hiking
Saturday, January 27, 2018

Easy walk, wet at times, can get crowded

Sunday, January 14, 2018

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
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

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!

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