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“Ocean views from the woods”

Cape Henlopen State Park
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Owner description: This oceanside state park comprises 155 campsites and the Seaside Nature Center.
Lewes, Delaware
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11 reviews
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“Ocean views from the woods”
Reviewed 14 October 2013

I love going to Cape Henlopen State Park for walking,biking,fishing,sun bathing and the best views of the ocean! Take the trail thru the pines to the top of a hill and look out. The view is breathtaking!

Visited July 2013
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York County PA
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“My beaches don't have condos...”
Reviewed 14 October 2013

Cape Henlopen is one of the great little unspoiled jewels of the east coast. My favorite is Assateague Island, but when I can't drive that far south, I hit the beach at Henlopen. The beaches are backed up by the dunes and piney woods and marshes of the State Park, the landscape that would have greeted you five hundred years ago. There's plenty of wildlife, visible from the trails, the roads, the beaches. The dune area, as you walk toward the beach, is breathtaking, carry a camera! The only downside is much of the beach is open to 4x4s (surf fishing) so a long walk on the beach involves hiking past trucks and coolers and ducking under invisible lines. Best Kept Secret: Herring Point is rarely crowded, and is where the surfers hang out (also good for boogie boarding and skim boarding). Don't be put off by the lines of parked cars on busy days, drop off your gear, park your car and enjoy a beach that's still less crowded than the cities farther south.

The campground is one of the most decadent I've seen: shady pine trees, water at every site, lovely bathhouses within a very very short walk.

There are numerous bike trails, and a great little visitor's center and gift shop. Be sure to check out some of the park's nature exploration programs.

The historical aspects of the park are great: WWII watchtowers (one is climbable: you can sometimes see the masts of the visiting tall ship Kalmar Nyckel in Lewes from the tower), army barracks, great big guns (pose on them for family pics). And for more history (and piratey good fun) visit Kalmar when she's docked in Lewes, take a "pirate cruise", and say hello to Ditty, Official Ship's Cat.

Visited August 2013
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Lewes, Delaware
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“A Beautiful Multi-Use Beach Park”
Reviewed 14 October 2013

This state park has a much nicer beach than any of the surrounding public-access areas: very deep, with beautiful light sand and not much litter. There are areas for swimming and other areas for on-beach truck parking, fishing, and flatboarding. There's a nice bike trail and they even rent bikes in the summer. If you have Delaware plates, you can get an annual pass that makes each visit very low-priced.

Visited September 2013
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“Family Friendly, Fun Beach”
Reviewed 10 October 2013

I've been going to Cape Henlopen for years. Its great because you don't have to worry about about finding somewhere to park. They have showers, a little boardwalk and a bath-house so you can get cleaned up.
I also like to camp here, again, warm showers and real toilets are always good. They have a lot of great hiking trails too. You can even borrow bikes and helmets for free for the whole family. (If its not too busy.) They also have a challenging frisbee golf course around sand dunes. You can borrow frisbees from the nature center for free too. There is also observation towers that you can climb up to get a view of the beach, and the whole park. Not forgetting the pier if you are into fishing or clamming. Not bad for a $4 (in-state) entrance fee.

Visited August 2013
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Runnemede, New Jersey
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“Good park but rougher surf”
Reviewed 10 October 2013

The park was beautiful. You can drive the roads that wind through the landscape and see wildlife. You can stop at the long, long pier, rent a rod, buy some bait and actually catch fish.
The beach is nice but has rougher sand and surf which makes it a little difficult to swim. It is nice to have big bath houses where you can shower after your swim. You also can purchase snacks at the snack bar. All in all, it was a nice visit.

Visited August 2013
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