Hike the Pinelands Trail
Delaware › Seaside Nature Center
Added by Jennifer White
A beautiful two mile walk through pine forest and sand dunes.
There are two places you can pick up this trail in the Cape Henlopen State Park. One trailhead is located in the Fort Miles parking lot. The other trailhead, and where I usually start, is across from the Seaside Nature Center. The beginning of this trail and some places throughout can often be muddy and covered in water due to the low lying areas and surrounding bogs. It sometimes requires maneuvering through and around trail areas that are completely covered in water. Trust me, it's worth it! This is a beautiful walk through a unique, sandy pine forest. There are four species of pine, including loblolly, Virginia, pitch and black, as well as cranberry bogs. The trail consists of packed and loose sand, mostly covered in pine needles. The trail is not marked very well and because the trail and surrounding areas are covered in pine needles, it's easy to wander off the trail. No worries though, it's not a large enough area to get seriously lost in. Downed branches will line the trail in some places as well as some bright green blazes on trees to keep you on track. Look for the old artillery bunker which was built during World War ll. The trail to the top offers a nice view. There are two places you can easily hop off the trail for more sightseeing, one is Fort Miles Historical Area and the other will take you to the paved bike loop where there is an entrance to the beach. Both of these places are marked with trailhead signs. Be sure to look for deer along the trail and also in the field by the Nature Center parking lot!
- A park fee is charged daily from March 1st to November 30th. Delaware residents pay $5 and out of state visitors pay $10. The annual park pass is also accepted here. Check destateparks.com/ for more info.
- Hiking boots or shoes that won't allow sand in easily and you don't mind possibly getting wet/muddy.
- Bug spray for warmer months. Check for ticks afterwards
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Good trail, but definitely check for ticks!
This is a nice trail that winds through the maritime forest of Cape Henlopen State Park. Most people come to the park for the beach access, but if you are looking for a different environment, this trail is a great way to experience a side of the park that many visitors skip. There are lots of ticks, so check periodically! The trail can also become a little flooded after heavy rains.
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