Cape Henlopen State Park Bike Loop


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Cape Henlopen State Park Bike Loop Facts

States: Delaware
Counties: Sussex
Length: 3.3 miles
Trail end points: Cape Henlopen Dr. and Dune Rd. and Fort Miles Historic Area
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6415598

Cape Henlopen State Park Bike Loop Description

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.

Parking and Trail Access

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.

Cape Henlopen State Park Bike Loop Reviews


We enjoyed the whole loop

Cape - Lewes Trail Now Open

DELDOT has converted the rail line along Cape Henlopen Dr to a paved path. It extends 1.5 miles from the State Park Entrance to American Legion Drive in Lewes.

beautiful, & of course flat! :-)

We rode though, enjoyed sand dunes, views. Serenity.

Cape Henlopen Bike Loop

Great paved trail around the Cape Henlopen State Park! A few small hills, but otherwise flat. A mix of shade and sun, this trail also connects to the Gordon Pond Trail to get you into Rehobeth Beach to the south. Lots of wild life, and the view from the Fort Miles battery is worth the small climb up the feeder trail.
Also, the feeder path up to "The Point" will reward you with fantastic views of the Delaware Bay and the Dunes of Cape Henlopen


A Great Day

We rode this trail while on vacation as a family of four. The trail is very nice and very flat for the most part. I loved stopping at the towers and artillery and learning a little history along the way. We had a beautiful day and finished it off by resting on the beach! I can't wait to come back and visit other trails in this park.

A great Experience

I really enjoyed the trail. There were so many interesting sites to see as we rode around on our bicycles and to see history where we could get close to it. I would recommend it and go back.

The best biking place

We love to see our fellow campers at Cape Henlopen campground all drive in loaded with bicycles. This is a bike paradise! We ride to the beach, to the pier, to the point to watch the sunset. We've ridden the original trail to Rehoboth and were lucky to be some of the early riders on the new trail from Herring Point to Gordons Pond. We knew it would be good but it far exceeded our expectations! Great view of the previously-unseen dunes, and a pleasant surprise that much of it is elevated! (spoiler -- sorry). Then the amazing wetlands, full of birds! Then on to Rehoboth for salt water taffy and breakfast in a nice cafe. What a place!


This is a short, easy paved trail that you can access by bike from Lewes or Rehoboth. Cape Henlopen Park is a treasure, so enjoy the ride, the nature, and the beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean. In mid-June 2014, this trail will connect at Herring Point to the new Gordon's Pond trail (crushed stone), so you will be able to ride the entire length of the park, which is fantastic.

Cape Henlopen St. Park's bike loop

Sept. 2011 - I'm from Delaware and camped for the first time at Cape Henlopen State Park. LOVE this wide, paved, mostly shady trail that passes next to dunes, campgrounds a nature center, fishing pier, beaches, observation tours and WWII and maritime history sites. Bike racks conveniently placed. Great staging place to extend biking experience by following road signs to Junction & Breakwater Trail--Lewes to Rehoboth--and beyond. Also nearby: Cape May Ferry, Lewes beach/shops/restaurants and more. Take advantage of great weather during early fall/late spring. - Linda Young, RTC member

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