Junction & Breakwater Trail

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This beautiful, pine-studded rail-trail winds through Cape Henlopen State Park next to wetlands and farmland, offering a break from the nearby beaches and eclectic shopping areas. The trail runs from US 9 in Lewes to the town of Rehoboth Beach and through the Hawkseye and Senators residential neighborhoods. Future connections will link directly into both cities.

The trail is mostly crushed stone, except for an asphalt segment at the Rehoboth end and concrete/asphalt segments through the Hawkseye and Senators communities. As it is well-traveled by locals and tourists alike, be sure to remember your trail etiquette. You will be sharing the mostly flat route with bicyclists, walkers, runners, wheelchair users, and families with strollers and dogs.

Pick up the trail at Wolfe Glade (off Wolfe Neck Road), a forested area of oak, hemlock and pine. Turn left for a quick trip to the trail's western end in Lewes, or turn right to head toward Rehoboth Beach. Along the way, the trail offers views of wetlands, especially at Holland Glade, via a refurbished 80-foot railroad bridge built in 1913. Continue farther and you'll find yourself flanked by cornfields and forests. Hawks, geese (both snow and Canada geese) can be spotted in the air, and deer, squirrels and other small woodland animals share the trail.

At the trail's southern end, Tanger Outlets provides bargain hunters with an opportunity to break from the trail, shop the mall and grab a bite to eat before heading back into the relative calm of the Junction & Breakwater Trail.

Parking and Trail Access

To reach Wolfe Neck, take State Route 1 to Lewes. If traveling north on SR 1, turn right onto Wolfe Neck Road. (If you are traveling south on SR 1, you will need to pass this turn and take a U-turn at the next traffic light in order to access Wolfe Neck Road. You can also go slightly farther south on SR 1 and turn left onto Munchy Branch Road, which you follow as it curves to the left until it hits Wolfe Neck Road.) You will see the Wolfe House on your right, where parking, restrooms and a water fountain can be found next to the 0.2-mile path leading to the trail.

To reach the trail's end from Rehoboth, take SR 1 toward the Tanger Outlets (36470 Seaside Outlet Drive in Rehoboth Beach). There is a bike/pedestrian path from the parking lot of the Tanger Outlets (look between the buildings in the middle) to the actual trail.

There is no trailhead or vehicle parking inside the Senators and Hawkseye neighborhoods. Please respect local residents by not parking there.


Flat and fast

   May, 2015 by blades989

Very nice trail that isn't very crowded and great for runners. It's pretty much a straight away for about 2 miles except when you hit the bridge. Very easy trail for bicyclers and a easy stroll. read more

nice trail

   August, 2014 by dragracingnut@gmail.com

I rode this trail for the first time today, didn't even know it existed until this morning. Very nicely done, a little more signage would be nice once you go through the Senator's development though. Very enjoyable ride overall though. read more

This is What it's All About

   June, 2014 by mervmd

What a great place for biking, running, or hiking. If you are walking, bring your binoculars or a camera, as you are likely to see egrets, turtles, herons, and many of the other species native to or migrating through the area. The Henlopen State Park ...read more