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 Wolfe Neck in Lewes to the town of Rehoboth Beach and provides a perfect nature retreat.
The trail is mostly crushed stone, except for the last 0.2 mile near Rehoboth, when it becomes asphalt. 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 to head 0.6 mile to the trail's end, or turn right to head toward Rehoboth Beach. You can also start at the western end point along Kings Highway/US 9 where it meets Gills Neck Road. 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 and Breakwater Trail.
Parking and Trail Access
To reach Wolfe Neck, take State Route 1 to Lewes. If traveling north on Route 1, turn right onto Wolfe Neck Road. (If you are traveling south on Route 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 Route 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 Route 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.