Best Hiking Trails in Cape Henlopen State Park
When you stay at Cape Henlopen State Park cabins there are plenty of trails to choose from when it comes to hiking, whether seeing the expanse of the seashore, the Salt Marsh Spur or the Bike Loop Trail.
1. Seaside Trail
This 0.6-mile path encompasses some of the shoreline and the pine forest. Take a photo of the Henlopen Lighthouse and stop to enjoy the fishing pier.
2. Salt Marsh Spur
Nature enthusiasts will appreciate the different forms of plant and wildlife native to the area on this 0.6 miles long trail.
3. Pinelands Trail
Explore the beautiful forest as you embark on a gentle 2-mile hike that loops around the woods. You will even discover WW2-era artillery bunkers and pass through the Fort Miles Historic Area.
4. Bike Loop Trail
Spanning a distance of three miles, you will be able to hop on your bicycle and choose from a selection of great stopping off points along this trail. Rent a kayak at the ocean, find the dune overlook, or simply enjoy cycling along this challenging route.
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Best Family Activities in Cape Henlopen State Park
There is plenty for families to engage with in this diverse area, with Cape Henlopen State Park cabins offering the chance to bond over fishing, sightseeing and museum visits.
Visit the Cape Henlopen Fishing Center to rent or buy gear including rods, tackle and bait and get some snacks. The designated fishing pier is conveniently located on the beach when you stay at Cape Henlopen State Park hotels.
2. Fort Miles Museum and Historical Area
As you will gather during your hikes, this area had an important historical role in WW2. Learn about the area's strategic role in coastal defense from the 1940s through to the Cold War.
3. Seaside Nature Center
Learn about the local marine life and ecosystem and admire the well-stocked aquarium and Live Osprey Cam. The center provides a great educational experience for both kids and adults and will help you understand what to look out for when hiking and boating around the park.
Rent a kayak and you will have plenty of options for exploring the coastline. You will commonly come close to schools of fish including minnows and perhaps even see dolphins breaking the surface of the water! Alternatively, make the most of great ocean swimming and sunbathing at the beach.