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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 Gills Neck Road 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 to Cape Henlopen High School on Kings Highway (US 9) in Lewes, or turn right to head toward Rehoboth Beach. As of 2015, you can also start at the new western endpoint on Gills Neck Road under Freeman Highway (US 9) near downtown Lewes.
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 and 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 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.
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