Gordons Pond Trail

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The Gordons Pond Trail is located in Cape Henlopen State Park, where it 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. At the junction with Dune Road, travelers can trek north a short distance to connect with the paved Cape Henlopen State Park Bike Loop. Near the Biden Center, hop on the Salt Marsh Spur to head west into tidal marsh.

Parking and Trail Access

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


Very nice riding trail, very well done

   July, 2016 by jcphenry

The Gordon's Pond trail is a pleasure to ride and is thoughtfully designed and carefully maintained. It is an excellent example of how a park trail can be built so as to minimize harm to the park environment and to provide its users a high-quality outdoor ...read more

Gordon's Pond Trail

   June, 2016 by dillar

Awesome trail, and hats off to Delaware State Parks for this one. Our trip started in Rehobeth Beach and we rode to the Gordon Pond southern trail head. It was well marked and we found it easily just past the park entrance. The surface is a fine crushed ...read more

Awesome trail

   June, 2016 by dandriola

One of the most awesome trails I have ever ridden. The views were spectacular and the trail is extremely well maintained read more