Georgetown-Lewes Trail

Delaware

Georgetown-Lewes Trail Facts

States: Delaware
Counties: Sussex
Length: 1.1 miles
Trail end points: Gills Neck Road, at the northern termnus of the Junction & Breakwater Trail and Savannah Road
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Concrete
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 9561570
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Georgetown-Lewes Trail Description

Phase 1 of the long-awaited Georgetown to Lewes Rail with Trail was officially opened to the public in October 2016.

When completed, the trail, which parallels an active, but little-used freight line whose future is uncertain (the Delaware Department of Transportation recently concluded that the swinging bridge that carries the railroad over a canal in Lewes is too expensive to replace, and is considering abandoning the line from Cold Springs to its current eastern terminus at SPI Pharma), will extend 17 miles west to Georgetown. It will be the longest multi-use trail in Delaware.

The completed segment begins at Gills Neck Road, and shares a terminus with the Junction & Breakwater Trail, which has recently been extended beneath the Route 9 bridge. The trail parallels the rail line to the north, passing the Lewes water tower and numerous private residences, many of which have lushly landscaped yards with colorful trees, bushes and flowers in the spring and summer months.

The trail crosses the tracks immediately west of Adams Ave. and passes a trailhead that also serves as an access point for the Junction & Breakwater Trail. It then passes the Lewes Public Library and crosses the railroad tracks a second time, again following the line to the north. After crossing busy King's Highway, the trail continues through the west end of Lewes to its current, western terminus at Savannah Road, another heavily traveled road.

Phase II, expected to start in 2018, will extend the trail further west, passing under the Route 1 bridge, and connecting to Nassau.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is at the trailhead off Adams Ave., next to the Lewes Public Library.

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