Trails

Delaware Seashore State Park

Beach Area

  • Mode: Hiking and Equestrian
  • Distance: 4.6 miles
  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
  • Accessible: No
  • Hiking Trailhead: Towers Ocean and Keybox Road parking lots
  • Equestrian Trailhead: Towers Ocean - use crossing marked for equestrian access
    Keybox Road - use vehicle dune crossing

Beach users can experience the constant change of the marine environment and nature enthusiasts can view shore birds foraging along the water's edge or Ospreys circling overhead. Stroll or ride along 4.6 miles of Atlantic Ocean beach within Delaware Seashore State Park. The beach is open for hiking year-round and seasonally for horse riding.

Equestrian Notes: 1) The designated beach for equestrian use runs from the Tower Ocean parking lot equestrian crossover, south for approximately 4.6 miles, to within 200 yards of the Indian River Inlet; and 2) seasonal horseback riding is permitted on the ocean beach. Please observe the riding guidelines, beach access schedule, parking and crossover connections in the Horseback Riding Guidelines.

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Burton Island Trail

  • Mode: Hiking only
  • Distance: 1.5 miles (one way)
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Accessible: No
  • Trailhead: North end of the Indian River Marina

This loop trail begins at the causeway on the north end of the marina and travels over a packed and loose sandy surface through upland forests and over elevated boardwalks. The boardwalks provide views of the Indian River Bay, the Rehoboth Bay, and of the open salt marsh. The island features an inland bay habitat that supports a variety of birds, plants, fish, reptiles, and mammals.

Please note: Please stay on the trail while visiting the island. The island provides important nesting grounds for the Diamondback Terrapin. Trail use is recommended during the cooler months of the year.

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Fred Hudson Road Trail

  • Mode: Hiking, Biking, and Equestrian
  • Distance: 1 mile
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Accessible:Yes
  • Trailhead: Hickman Road parking lot
  • Surface: crushed stone with fines
  • Width: 8’
  • Maximum Grade: 2%

This one-mile connector trail links the Fred Hudson Road Pathway to the stone-surfaced segment of the Prickly Pear Trail, creating a north-south all-weather trail alternative to Route 1.  The entire trail is open to hiking and bicycling, and a 0.6-mile portion of it is open to horseback riding.

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Prickly Pear Trail

  • Mode: Hiking, Biking, and Equestrian
  • Distance: 3.5 miles
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Accessible:1 mile - Yes
  • Trailhead: Hickman Road parking lot
  • Surface: crushed stone with fines and packed earth
  • Width: 8’
  • Maximum Grade: 2%

This trail offers a 3.5-mile loop perfect for exploring the park's open meadows, young hardwood and pine forests, and a view of the Indian River Bay. The trail is 8' wide with a variable surface and is open to hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding. Two connector trails provide community access at several locations throughout Fresh Pond.

Equestrian Note: Please review our Horseback Riding Guidelines

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Thompson Island Trail

  • Mode: Hiking only
  • Distance: 0.7 miles (1.7 round trip)
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Accessible: Yes
  • Trailhead: None
  • Surface: Crushed stone with fines
  • Width: 6’
  • Maximum Grade: 2%

The hike begins in a mature upland hardwood and conifer forest, traverses a small marsh, and meanders through pine forest toward the Lewes/Rehoboth Canal. The trail ends at an overlook showcasing views of Thompson Island, tidal salt marsh, Rehoboth Bay, and the Dewey Beach skyline.  

Please Note: The Spring Lake development next to the trail is private property with parking for residents only; unauthorized vehicles will be towed. Leaving the trail is strictly prohibited. No dogs are allowed in the Thompson Island Area.

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