The Pineland Trail is a two-mile loop that meanders on a gentle grade through coastal upland pine forest over packed and loose sand. Nature enthusiasts will discover four species of pine, including loblolly, Virginia, pitch, and black, as well as cranberry bogs. Hikers will see old artillery bunkers built during World War II in an area once traversed by rails used to supply Fort Miles. The Pineland Trail was designated as Delaware's first National Recreation Trail in 1981.
While visiting the Cape Henlopen State Park make sure to go to the observation area of the Great Dune - the highest point on the east coast between Cape Code and the Outer Banks of North Carolina. And if you are looking for more trails, explore the Seaside and Bicycle trails also located in Cape Henlopen State Park.
Parking and Trail Access
From downtown Lewes, DE - follow Savannah Road and signs for the Ferry Terminal to Cape May. Turn right on Cape Henlopen Drive and follow it to the park entrance for Cape Henlopen State Park. There is an $8 park entry fee for automobiles. Parking is available at the Bath House, Nature Center, Campgrounds or Great Dune.