Gordons Pond Trail - Cape Henlopen State Park

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Gordon's Pond Trail is located in Cape Henlopen State Park and skirts the western side of Gordon's Pond, a 900-acre salt water lagoon. Taking the trail out and back covers close to 5 miles. 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.

The trail begins at the north end of Gordon's Pond parking lot. The first 1/2 mile is handicap accessible, offering a hard packed, crushed stone path with intermittent shade and an occasional bench for enjoying scenic views of the lagoon. At the end of this section you will find a handicap-accessible obervation deck, overlooking the pond, sand dunes and the Atlantic Ocean. In addition, there are two historic World War II obervation towers to explore.

The remaining two miles of trail are more rugged and the surface changes to a mix of sand and grass; with the final 1/2 mile over loose sand dunes with PVC pipe marking the route. The effort will be rewarded, as this section offers opportunites to see ospreys nests and bald eagles perched on tree limbs. This section of the trail may be closed seasonally for nesting or hunting. Check with the Cape Henlopen State Park in advance.

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.


Great trail with plenty of wildlife

   March, 2013 by debmorris

I walked the trail mid-January and had a fabulous day. The first 1/2 mile of the trail, which is crushed stone, is a nice warm-up for the rest of the trail, if you choose to continue on after reaching the observation deck. Although there is a sandy stretch ...read more

Gordons Pond Trail

   September, 2011 by youker

Just a note that the trail description is from the south end of the trail near Rehoboth not the north end of the trail inside the main part of Cape Henlopen State Park at Herring Point. The paved 1/2 mile is great, past that the sand is hopeless. Youker ...read more