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The Cape Henlopen State Park Bike Loop spans 3.3 paved miles through the scenic park. The loop offers various branches that lead off into the marshes with wide vistas of the Atlantic Ocean, as well as the opportunity to explore the area's many dunes and the natural habitat of a large resident deer population.
A popular stopping point along the trail is the World War II Observation Tower, where visitors can climb a spiral staircase for panoramic views of Delaware's Cape Region. Connections to the more rustic Seaside Nature Trail, Pinelands Nature Trail and Walking Dunes Trail provide additional opportunities to explore the state park. Just outside the park's entrance, a section of the Georgetown-Lewes Trail allows trail users to venture into the charming coastal town along a historic rail corridor.
The park itself has miles of Atlantic seashore to enjoy, a nature center, lighthouse, and fishing and camping areas. The Cape is a stopping point for thousands of migrating birds during the spring, and horseshoe crabs lay their eggs on the bayside beaches—providing energy for the migrating birds. The park's friends group also operates a free bike rental program to help visitors explore the grounds, although the program is suspended during the coronavirus pandemic.
To access Cape Henlopen State Park from downtown Lewes, Delaware, follow Savannah Road and signs for the Lewes Terminal that provides ferry trips to Cape May, New Jersey. Turn right on Cape Henlopen Drive and follow it to the park entrance. There is a $10 park entry fee for automobiles (in-state drivers pay $5). Parking is available at the Bath House, Nature Center, Campgrounds or Great Dune.
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