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Pets allowed
Yes
Guided tours
No
Backcountry camping
No
Lodging
No
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Fenwick Island State Park is 3 miles of soft sandy beach located on the Atlantic Ocean. The relative tranquility of this beach is in stark contrast to the surrounding beaches of Bethany, Rehoboth and Ocean City, and is great for a more natural beach feel.

The park runs parallel to Coastal Highway, and while the main entrance to the beach is through a paved parking lot, there are multiple other entrances along the highway for off-road vehicles to drive onto the beach. Further up the highway on the bay side is a public boat ramp, perfect for a day of fishing or kayaking on the bay.

The beaches of Fenwick Island State Park are typical of a barrier island, which is what the majority of surrounding beaches are as well. What sets the park apart from the surrounding beaches is its lack of development; Fenwick remains in a natural state with windswept dunes and tall sea grass lining the shore. Another item that makes Fenwick Island State Park different from its neighboring beaches is its dedicated surfing area. The beaches are guarded Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

The land that is now a state park was once considered too volatile to develop, as barrier islands tend to be transformed by large storms within very short time frames. During World War II, however, the land was used as part of a coastal defense system, with the remnants of watchtowers still dotting the coast. It became a state park in 1966.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

Park entrance fee

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Open beaches.

Cons

None.

Address

Coastal Hwy
36840
Fenwick Island, DE 19944
United States

Features

ADA accessible
Flushing toilets
Potable water
Surfing
Bird watching
Wildlife
Family friendly

Location

Field Guide

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