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Cape Henlopen
State Park

42 Cape Henlopen Drive
Lewes, DE 19958
(302) 645-8983

Seaside Nature Center
(302) 645-6852

Biden Environmental Training Center
(302) 644-5005

E-mail the Park Office
Amenities at Cape Henlopen
Fishing Center and Kayak Rentals
Fort Miles Historical Area Fort Miles Historical Area
Refreshments and Beach Accessories
Fishing and Camping at Cape Henlopen
Environmental Education Programs at Cape
Hold your special event or meeting at the Biden Center
Youth Group Camping Youth Group and Primitive Camping
History of Cape Henlopen

Friends of
Cape Henlopen State Park (outside link)

History of Cape Henlopen
State Park Locator Map
Weather Forecast at Cape Henlopen
Weather Forecast
and current weather conditions at Cape Henlopen State Park


The Beach

The beach at Cape Henlopen Cape Henlopen's beaches attract thousands of visitors who enjoy ocean swimming and sunbathing. Two designated swimming beaches provide lifeguard patrols between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day. Umbrellas can be rented during the summer. The northern swimming area also features a modern bath house with showers, changing rooms, and a food concession.

Note: The departure of lifequards will leave Gordons Pond beach unguarded beginning August 13, 2008.
For more information…

Kites flying at the Kite Festival at CHSPThe park's open spaces feature many other activities. A picnic pavilion and the "Officer's Club" building can both be reserved for group events. An 18-hole disc golf course encourages friendly competition, and basketball courts promote more active exercise. Winter hunting is permitted in some areas of the park; a hunting permit is required, and information can be obtained from the Park Office. Annual events such as the Kite Festival and the Halloween Fantasy Trail are family favorites. The park also conducts a variety of entertaining recreational programs, including natural history lectures, outdoor concerts, seaside seining, and birdwatching, to name but a few.

Trails at the Cape

Cape Henlopen has many year-round hiking and biking opportunities. Experience the park’s scenic and ever-changing landscape — and get a lesson in history — along the three-mile-long paved trail that loops the park. Take a trail break and climb to the top of the World War II Observation Tower, where the 360-degree views are spectacular. Or take a short climb to the top of a former military bunker to view the dynamic action along the Atlantic coastline. Explore the coastal environment along the Seaside or the Pinelands Nature Trails, or hike the six miles of beach along the Atlantic Ocean.

Links to trail guide for the Seaside Nature Trail

Download a printable copy of the Seaside Interpretive Trail guide (PDF format - requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

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CHSP Programs
Please check with the Park Office for availibility of activities and amenities when planning your visit.

Attention Youth Groups!

New dates are available this summer for Cape Henlopenís Youth Camp rentals.

Cape Henoplen
Summer Day Camp
registration begins in March. Find out more now.

Download a Delaware State Parks Registration Form

Seaside Nature Center

The Seaside Nature Center offers environmental education programs and recreational activities year-round, and is a good place to stop for park information. Marine aquariums and displays there let visitors meet ocean creatures face to face. An auditorium for audio-visual programs and gift shop complete the attractions at this popular facility.

Visit here
to see a revolving 360-degree panoramic view of Cape Henlopen State Park, from the top of one of our WWII Observation Towers!

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