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Parking: Designated parking areas available.
Cape Henlopen State Park is a popular beach park, offering ocean and bay swimming, surf and pier fishing, camping, youth group camping and a nature center with nature and historical programming. People come to the park for biking, hiking, special events, surfing, birding, disc golfing and many more activities.
Hours of Operation: All day.
Seasonal Hours: Some days 8 a.m.-sunset.
Best Time to Visit: Many prefer late June through Labor Day, and weekends during the shoulder seasons. For less congestion, come during spring, winter or fall. Park sometimes closes during summer season when it reaches capacity. In summer, early or late day visitation is recommended.
Best Known For: Ocean swimming, birding, surf fishing, camping and Fort Miles (WWII coastal defense facility) museum.
Travel Tips: If you come in the summer, be prepared for a busy park.
Special Equipment: We charge a fee to drive into the park from March 1-Nov. 30. To avoid paying a daily entrance fee, visitors may purchase a yearly pass.
Special Instructions: Sunscreen and bug spray recommended.Hunting allowed on some off-path areas. Swimming recommended in lifeguarded beach areas only. Fee season is March 1-Nov. 30.
|Hike the Walking Dunes Trail − 1.6 miles.|
|Visit the Seaside Nature Center to look at the live Osprey Cam (from April through August) and view the many wildlife exhibits and displays.|
|Cycle the Bike Loop Trail – 3 miles.|
|Fish or crab on the Cape Henlopen fishing pier.|
Construction on Battery 519 began in 1941 under the threat of war. Tour the battery to learn about these threats and Fort Miles planned to defend the… View Details