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Cape Henlopen State Park

Sussex, Delaware

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  • The walkway to the main beach.- Cape Henlopen State Park
  • The sandy beach along the Atlantic.- Cape Henlopen State Park
  • A beautiful day on the shore.- Cape Henlopen State Park
  • People relaxing on the beach.- Cape Henlopen State Park
  • The dunes undergoing restoration.- Cape Henlopen State Park
  • Part of the military past of the area.- Cape Henlopen State Park
  • A lookout point for birds of prey.- Cape Henlopen State Park
  • The view from the lookout point.- Cape Henlopen State Park
  • Stairs to the lookout point.- Cape Henlopen State Park
  • A shaded picnic pavilion.- Cape Henlopen State Park
  • The beach along the Delaware Bay.- Cape Henlopen State Park
  • This beach is a popular area for horseshoe crabs.- Cape Henlopen State Park
  • A family prepares to watch the sunset.- Cape Henlopen State Park
  • The path leading to the bayside beach.- Cape Henlopen State Park
  • Families play along the beach.- Cape Henlopen State Park
  • People sunbathing.- Cape Henlopen State Park
  • A lifeguard stand.- Cape Henlopen State Park
  • The main entrance to the Atlantic side beach.- Cape Henlopen State Park
  • A trolley that takes you into the town of Lewes.- Cape Henlopen State Park
  • People looking for shells during low tide.- Cape Henlopen State Park
  • A section of beach along the bay.- Cape Henlopen State Park
  • Rolling dunes and seagrass.- Cape Henlopen State Park
  • A watchtower from World War II.- Cape Henlopen State Park
  • The Cape Henlopen Lighthouse.- Cape Henlopen State Park
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Pros: 
Multiple beaches. Rich history. Lighthouse.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Sussex, DE
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Parking Pass: 
State Park Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

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Cape Henlopen State Park is located in upper Sussex County, Delaware, and it has beaches along both the Atlantic Ocean and Delaware Bay, making it an ideal spot for hot summer days. The park also features a campground, a small trail system running through the dunes, a drive on beach, and lots of World War II history.

The Atlantic beach, if accessed from the main entrance to the park, is staffed with lifeguards from Memorial Day until Labor Day, though the beach remains open year round. With a proper pass, you can also drive your off-road vehicle directly onto certain sections of the beach, great for fishing or finding some privacy among the busy summer crowds.

During World War II, Cape Henlopen was the site of an active military installation, named Fort Miles. This base mainly served as a defensive position along the Eastern Seaboard and in the event of an attack would defend the entrance to the Delaware Bay. The fort is now an open-air museum within the park.

When visiting, be on the lookout for signs indicating portions of the beach being closed off, as some sensitive species of birds lay their nests along the shore.

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