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FORT DuPONT STATE PARK


About the Park

the gun battery

Fort DuPont State Park, named for Rear Admiral Samuel Francis du Pont, was an active military base from the Civil War through World War II. Following World War II, Fort DuPont was turned over to the State of Delaware. It has been used for various purposes, including as the Governor Bacon Health Center. Portions of the land were dedicated as a state park in 1992.

Fishing and Boating

TThe park is bounded on two sides by the scenic Delaware River and the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal. Use the boat launch to get out on the water to fish and explore the Delaware River. Click for information about fishing and fishing permits.

Recreation

The River View Trail takes you alongside the Delaware River and affords a glimpse of the site's rich historic past. Six gun batteries were built at Fort DuPont during what is known as the “Endicott Period” (1898-1910), and five of them can be seen along the trail: Batteries Read and Gibson, completed in 1898; Batteries Rodney and Best, and Battery Elder, completed in 1899; and Battery Elder, completed in 1904.

Upcoming Events

Fort DuPont Walking Tour and Battery Hike

Saturday, October 27, 2018

10 a.m.

Join a park historian for a leisurely stroll and discover the history of this old military post! We will talk about the theater, gymnasium, guardhouse, barracks, and officer housing. We will also venture onto the trail to see the old concrete gun emplacements. Along the way, you will hear some of the stories of how people at the fort lived. Wear sturdy walking shoes for this tour!

Add to Calendar 10/27/2018 10:00:00 AM 10/27/2018 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Fort DuPont Walking Tour and Battery Hike Join a park historian for a leisurely stroll and discover the history of this old military post! We will talk about the theater, gymnasium, guardhouse, barracks, and officer housing. We will also venture onto the trail to see the old concrete gun emplacements. Along the way, you will hear some of the stories of how people at the fort lived. Wear sturdy walking shoes for this tour! Fort DuPont State Park

Group Hayrides

Sunday, October 28, 2018

6 and 7 p.m.

Enjoy a hayride with your group, followed by a campfire. Advance registration required. Call (302) 834-7941. Maximum group size is 20. Meet at the Grassdale Center. $100 per wagon

Add to Calendar 10/28/2018 6:00:00 PM 10/28/18 7:00:00 PM America/New_York Group Hayrides Enjoy a hayride with your group, followed by a campfire. Advance registration required. Call (302) 834-7941. Maximum group size is 20. Meet at the Grassdale Center. $100 per wagon Fort DuPont State Park

Fall Hayride

Sunday, October 28, 2018

5 p.m.

Enjoy the autumn beauty and learn a bit about history. Then enjoy time around a campfire. S’more materials will be provided! Call to register. Meet at the Grassdale Center. $7 per person.

Add to Calendar America/New_York Fall Hayride Enjoy the autumn beauty and learn a bit about history. Then enjoy time around a campfire. S’more materials will be provided! Call to register. Meet at the Grassdale Center. $7 per person. Fort DuPont State Park

Fort DuPont Walking Tour and Battery Hike

Saturday, November 10, 2018

10 a.m.

Join a park historian for a leisurely stroll and discover the history of this old military post! We will talk about the theater, gymnasium, guardhouse, barracks, and officer housing. We will also venture onto the trail to see the old concrete gun emplacements. Along the way, you will hear some of the stories of how people at the fort lived. Wear sturdy walking shoes for this tour!

Add to Calendar 11/10/2018 10:00:00 AM 11/10/2018 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Fort DuPont Walking Tour and Battery Hike Join a park historian for a leisurely stroll and discover the history of this old military post! We will talk about the theater, gymnasium, guardhouse, barracks, and officer housing. We will also venture onto the trail to see the old concrete gun emplacements. Along the way, you will hear some of the stories of how people at the fort lived. Wear sturdy walking shoes for this tour! Fort DuPont State Park

Map and Directions