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An enormous state park (compared to others on this list), Cape Henlopen is the largest state park in the northern part of Delaware, the First State.

Cape Henlopen State Park is famous for its 24-hour and year-round fishing pier as well as spacious campgrounds. There’s also miles and miles of biking and hiking trails as well as remnants from the park’s time as a coastal defense site during Second World War.

Area: 5,193 acres

List of Outdoor Activities:

  • Beach Weddings/Special Events
  • Biking
  • Camping
  • Canoeing + Kayaking
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Disc Golf
  • Fishing
  • Geocaching
  • Hiking
  • Picnicking
  • Sledding
  • Swimming

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On the Horizon / Lewes, DE / 2020 /

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Took a little day trip to DE today with the birthday girl missybers and captured a few cool landmarks.

Here’s the Harbor of Refuge Lighthouse off of Cape Henlopen, DE
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Cape Henlopen State Park | Cape Henlopen, Delaware | c. 1964

Situated at the mouth of the Delaware Bay along the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Henlopen has been open to the public for centuries since William Penn, the founder of the nearby state of Pennsylvania, decreed the area as public lands for the Delaware colony in 1682. Over 200 years later, it officially became Cape Henlopen State Park

Throughout those 200 years, Cape Henlopen served as a strategic location for many branches of the U.S. military. During the American Revolution, the Henlopen Lighthouse became a lookout for the Continental Army. In the War of 1812, the Cape’s dense trees and terrain deterred the British as they bombarded the nearby town of Lewes for food and supplies. During World War I, a small naval base was built

Yet, it wasn’t until World War II that a major military presence was established. In 1941, the Army built Fort Miles, a massive military base including 250 buildings, 16 underground bunkers, and concrete observation towers, like the one pictured above. Germany had listed the Delaware Valley as a target during the War due to its manufacturing capabilities, so the U.S. built Fort Miles to monitor and control aerial and maritime activity around the Bay

Along with the military base, the Cape’s terrain once again aided the Army. Dunes were raised to camouflage guns, ammunition, and bunkers. The observation towers were used to help aim the 16-inch guns hidden in the dunes. Today, many observation towers still remain and are now used for fire control and recreation

Following the War, the area became Cape Henlopen State Park in 1964. The 5,193-acre Park is open year-round and is a popular spot for beachgoers to fish, bike, surf, and of course, explore the many remnants of For Miles among the dunes

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Morning after the storm.
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Dawn’s first reflections 💙
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In honor of Veteran's Day, here's a history lesson... ⁠

This is one of eleven WWII observation towers built along the Delaware coast between 1939 and 1942. The towers were used to triangulate defense guns and scan waters for enemy ships off the coast. Luckily the guns were never fired at an enemy ship.⁠

Tower 3, seen here at DelawareSeashoreStatePark was built in 1942 and was predicted only to stand for 20 years. 77 years later it is an iconic symbol of Delaware’s coast.⁠

The Delaware Seashore Preservation Foundation is working to restore Tower 3 with plans to open it to the general public. They eventually hope to also open Tower 1 in Fenwick Island State Park and Tower 2 in North Bethany.⁠

You can help bring Tower #3 to Life while memorializing a WWII Veteran who served by donating here: http://restorethetower.org/donate-now⁠

Thank you to all of our Veteran's!⁠

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Beach Grass / Rehoboth Beach, DE / 2022 /

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I took this photo at capehenlopenstatepark the end of last month, just before the new year. And if you look closely you’ll see the waxing moon dangling up there in the sky. We’re in the same moon phase right now, and (the internet tells me) the waxing moon is a good time to breathe life into intentions, embrace desires, and get excited for the journey aheadーit’s the moons first step towards fullness, and, tbh I’m absolutely feeling that right now 🌙 #waxingmoon #capehenlopen #destateparks #mytinyatlas #delagram #lewes ...

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The Overfalls Lightship in Delaware

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Gala weekend in Dewey, NFL Playoff Action, and Happy Hour everyday until 6. Swing down and check us out. Closing weekend is Super Bowl Sunday!

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Twenty-four days of summer left and we’re soaking in every second 🌾
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When you throw stones, you disturb your own waters. When you stand in peace, it’s reflected around you.
Today put out what you want to get back. ✌🏻
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You never realize how long a minute is until you’re exercising

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Horses on the horizon 🐎 ...

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List of Amenities:

  • Bait and Tackle Store
  • Bathhouse
  • Beaches
  • Canoe/Kayak/SUP Rentals*
  • Basketball Court
  • Borrow-A-Bike Program
  • Camp Store
  • Campground: Camping Cabins
  • Campground: Tent + RV sites
  • Campground Laundry Facilities
  • Day Use Areas
  • Day Use Group Facilities
  • Disc Golf Course
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Fishing Pier
  • Food/Refreshment Concession Stand*
  • Fort Miles Historic Site
  • Guarded Swimming Area with Bathhouse*
  • Hiking/Biking/Equestrian Trails
  • Seaside Nature Center + Gift Shop
  • Observation Tower
  • Osprey Cam
  • Pet Areas
  • Playground
  • Picnic Tables + Pavilions
  • Primitive Youth Group Camping
  • Recycling Center
  • Restrooms
  • Scenic Overlook
  • Showers
  • Surf Fishing (Off-Road) Areas (permit required)
  • Umbrella Rentals*
  • Wedding/Special Event Venue
  • Wheelchair-Accessible Beach Area

*Summer only

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: What are the park’s operating hours?
A: Open daily, from 8:00 AM to sunset (which varies every day)
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Q: Water borders are cool! Are there any inside the park?
A: Yes! Point Overlook is where the Delaware Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean. It’s also a great place for viewing birds, dolphins, seals, and more.
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Q: I’m more of a history person! Anything there that I might find interesting?
A: Absolutely! Cape Henlopen was once a World War II coastal defense site. Take a tour of Battery 519, and climb to the top of the Observation Tower to discover the roles the towers played in the operation of Fort Miles.
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Q: Great! How about biking?
A: If you love biking but don’t have a bike of your own or just didn’t bring it, no problem! You can borrow a bike for free! Bike the Loop trail around the park to experience diverse ecosystems, including the maritime forests, dunes, and beach. It’s a great way to experience the rich history of the park.
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Q: And for fishing?
A: The Fishing Pier opens up access to fishing in the Delaware Bay. Prefer your fish inside a tank? Get up close with native marine life in the touch tank! You’ll learn about the park’s habitats and the creatures that live here.
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