Ride along this stunning 3.2 mile trail from Cape Henlopen State Park, through salt marshes, and into the famous Rehoboth Beach.

The 3.2 mile Gordons Pond Trail meanders through the maritime forest and salt marshes of Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes, Delaware, and is a popular destination for biking, hiking, running, and bird watching. The trail was recently renovated in 2014, and now includes both a crushed gravel path and a 0.5 mile elevated boardwalk over the dunes and wetlands.

The trail is accessible from 2 locations within Cape Henlopen State Park: the Gordons Pond Parking area and the Herring Point Parking area. To bike into Rehoboth, begin at the Herring point parking area. 

Upon entering Cape Henlopen State Park, follow the signs to Herring Point. The trailhead for the Gordons Pond Trail is easily accessible from the large Herring Point parking lot.

Begin biking on the crushed gravel path and continue through the forest and dunes to the elevated boardwalk. Bikes are allowed on the boardwalk, but keep to the right, as the trail is shared with other bikers and hikers. 

Pause at the overlooks for gorgeous views of the expansive salt marsh below. After the boardwalk, the trail transitions back into crushed gravel and leads around Gordons Pond, a brackish marsh home to many birds and marine organisms. 

Gaze at the WWII fire control towers along the beach in the distance as the trail continues around the pond. Near the end of the pond, climb the observation platform for a spectacular view of the pond and wildlife.

The trail will open up at the Gordons Pond Parking area and beach on the other side of Cape Henlopen State Park. 

To get to the famous Rehoboth Beach, continue along Ocean Drive for about a mile, and follow signs for the boardwalk. Biking into Rehoboth is a great way to beat the beach traffic and parking fees!

Pack List

  • Bike
    • Cape Henlopen's Seaside Nature Center offers free bike rentals during certain hours, but bikes must stay in the park
  • Biking shoes
  • Water
  • Hat or sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Binoculars for bird watching
  • Admission fee for Cape Henlopen State park
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RT Distance 3.2 Miles
Activities Cycling, Photography, Running, Hiking, Fitness
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Point-to-Point
Features
Beach
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Scenic
Wildlife

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Great circuit hike

Great nature hike from Herring point in the Park. Great boardwalk. Go south 2..7 Miles inland to the pavilion at the Gordon’s pond lot. Nice place for snack or lunch. Lots of birds and deer on the trail. Take binoculars. In June you might see terrapins laying eggs. When you are done relaxing go out to the beach and head back to Herring point along the Atlantic Ocean. Hike early. It can get crowded and hot in the summer afternoon. The hike back is only 2 miles. Great 4.7 mile circuit hike. You get the pine forest, salt marsh, and the ocean.


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