Georgetown-Lewes Trail

Delaware

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Georgetown-Lewes Trail Facts

States: Delaware
Counties: Sussex
Length: 6 miles
Trail end points: Gills Neck Road, at the northern terminus of the Junction & Breakwater Trail and Log Cabin Hill 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 2 was completed in mid-2019 and the additional 4.9 miles from the initial endpoint on Savannah Road to Log Cabin Hill Road was dedicated to the memory of Tom Draper, TV station owner, avid cyclist and lover of the outdoors. Long stretches at a time are well shaded offering relief from the summer sun. Interpretive signage tells the story of the Junction & Breakwater Railroad. 

Luckily for everyone who loves this trail, more is on the way. Another phase from Georgetown to Park Avenue is in the design stages. 

Parking and Trail Access

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

Georgetown-Lewes Trail Reviews

Enjoyed a bike ride from Tall Pines campground all the way to Lewes for lunch! What a gem!

Phase two of the new trail opened this past spring. They really did a fantastic job building it, and it is a pleasure to ride on. Now, you can go about 13 miles in one direction by connecting to the Junction-Breakwater trail towards Rehoboth. The road crossings are fairly frequent, but well marked. I'm happy to report that most drivers stop and waive bicyclists across. I'm excited about the prospect of the trail being completed all the way to Georgetown.

Finally rode it this weekend and loved it. It's nice and flat and was not crazy crowded for a Sunday morning. It hooks right into the Junction Breakwater so you can really get a nice workout between the different routes. The trail now ends at Cool Spring. However, once it is completed to Georgetown, DE it is going to a great addition to Sussex County.

Accordion

This trail is only a little over one mile but it will eventually go the whole way to Georgetown. The part that is completed is paved. I hope this trail is completed as soon possible. It will be great for Sussex County.

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