Junction & Breakwater Trail

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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.

Parking and Trail Access

To reach parking at Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes, from the intersection of US 9, Business US 9, and State Route 1, travel east on SR 1 for 1.2 miles, and then take a left onto Kings Highway (County Road 268). Go approximately 1 mile. The trail is on the right, across Kings Highway from the high school.

To reach Wolfe Neck and parking, from the intersection of SR 1 and SR 1A in Dewey Beach, go 3.9 miles northwest on SR 1, and turn right onto Wolfe Neck Road. Go approximately 1 mile. You will see the Wolfe House on your right, where parking, restrooms, and a water fountain can be found next to the 0.2-mile path leading to the trail. (If you are traveling east on SR 1 from the intersection of US 9, Business US 9, and SR 1, you will go 3 miles, pass this turn, and make a U-turn at the next traffic light to access Wolfe Neck Road. You can also go slightly farther south on SR 1 and turn left onto Munchy Branch Road, which you follow 0.5 mile, where it turns left and goes another 0.7 mile until it hits Wolfe Neck Road.)

To reach the trail's end from the intersection of SR 1 and SR 1A in Dewey Beach, take SR 1 2.6 miles toward the Tanger Outlet Center (36470 Seaside Outlet Drive, Rehoboth Beach), which will be on your right. A bike/pedestrian path leads from the parking lot of the Tanger Outlet Center (look between the buildings in the middle) to the actual trail.


Spectacular trail

   August, 2016 by silviagroman

Beautiful views of salt marsh, corn fields and wooded areas. The meandering trail was infused with fragrant scents from flowering plants. We started at the outlets and rode into Cape Henlopen Park, completing a 17 mile circuit. I never imagined the natural ...read more

Beautiful trail

   June, 2016 by dandriola

This trail takes you through beautiful farmland and woods. Most of the trail is in good shape except a few rocky gravel patches across the salt marsh that were bumpy. Otherwise another spectacular trail. read more

Biking from Rehobeth to Lewis!

   September, 2015 by ewbeer2015

This extensive trail system was a beautiful surprise that was very smooth and varied yet not hilly. These paths were filled with interesting 1940's War installations and old secrets as well as really lovely natural wildlife settings. The coast here is ...read more