Cape Henlopen State Park is located in Lewes, Delaware at 15099 Cape Henlopen Drive. This 5,193-acre park was previously owned by William Penn, one of Delaware’s early state leaders. He officially designated it a Delaware State Park in 1964, and it has been open to the public ever since.
During the Revolutionary War of 1812, the United States Army and Navy used Cape Henlopen State Park as a strategic location.
A picnic pavilion and the officers’ club building, both suitable for group activities, are available for rent. In addition, there is an 18-hole golf course and basketball courts open all year.
Climb to the top of the WWII observation tower for a panoramic view of the park. Additionally, you can climb to the top of the abandoned military bunker for a 360-degree view of the Atlantic coast. Find out more here
While hiking in the area, shorebirds (black-backed gull, little tern, ringed plover) and horseshoe crabs can be found in the park.
Cape Henlopen Beach is open all year if you enjoy going to the beach. Lifeguards patrol the two swimming beaches on Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. North Shore Beach features contemporary bathhouses with showers, changing rooms, and a bar.
Head to the beach to fish in the surf (with a permit) or camp in the pine-covered dunes with over 150 campsites with running water. The campground is open from March 1 to November 30 each year. Lewes, DE
During the established Delaware’s hunting season, you can hunt in some park areas, but you must follow established guidelines. Then, try your hand at beach fishing at the fishing pier and Delaware Bay. The dock has a fishing center, bait shop, and tackle shop open all year.
The Seaside Nature Center includes marine aquariums, park exhibits, an auditorium, and a gift shop. In addition, there are environmental education programs for children, such as hayrides, guided nature walks, birding excursions, and vacation workshops.
Explore the park’s marked nature and hiking trails from the beach to the pine forests. In addition, you can rent bicycles and ride them around the park.