Gordons Pond Trail

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Gordons Pond Trail is located in Cape Henlopen State Park and skirts the western side of Gordons Pond, a 900-acre salt water lagoon. The finely crushed gravel pathway winds through coastal maritime forest, grassy marshes, and sandy dunes.

The southern end of the trail begins at the parking lot for the Gordons Pond Day Use Area and continues to an observation deck, which overlooks the pond and Atlantic Ocean. There are also two historic World War II observation towers on the beach to explore.

Along the way, be sure to look for osprey nests and bald eagles in the pine and oak trees that line the path. The trail is popular with bird watchers as it is located on one of four migration “super highways” in North America. In winter, fall, and spring, the pond is a popular resting spot for a wide variety of waterfowl. As sections of the trail may be closed seasonally for nesting or hunting, check with Cape Henlopen State Park before your trip.

The trail’s northern end includes a half-mile elevated boardwalk over wetlands with observation areas to enjoy the surroundings. The trail ends at an intersection with the Walking Dunes Trail, which allows travelers to continue two more miles through the park’s beautiful natural landscape, especially scenic in the spring when dotted with wildflowers.

Parking and Trail Access

Access the trail at the north end of Rehoboth Beach via Ocean Drive through the North Shores community. A 500-space parking lot is available.


Gordon Pond trail through Henlopen State Park

   July, 2014 by rpallack

This new path through Henlopen State Park enables you to bike/walk from one end of the park to the other and adds beautiful views and an exciting elevated section over the marsh! read more

The New Gordons Pond Trail

   July, 2014 by decbennett

In June 2014 a new alignment of the Gordons Pond Trail - inlcuding 3000 feet of raised boardwalk - was completed and opened to the public. The first 0.7 miles of the trail to the accessible observation platrform remains the same as described above. The ...read more

Gordon's Pond trail now connects to the rest of Cape Henlopen

   June, 2014 by pjdoehring

Gordon's Pond has always been a great trail, but the last section past the lookout has always been too sandy for me to ride. So I was absolutely thrilled to discover that that section of the trail has now been completely upgraded, making for an easy and ...read more