Delaware’s newest trail is a ‘car-free connection’

 (Photo courtesy of DNREC)

(Photo courtesy of DNREC)

A new trail that connects Lewes and Rehoboth Beach is open to the public.   

On Wednesday, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, along with state and local leaders, celebrated the opening of Gordons Pond Trail at Cape Henlopen State Park. The trail, which stretches 3.2 miles, is part of a 15-mile regional trail system.

According to DNREC, the new trail will be open year-round, replacing an older trail that was only open seasonally. The trail features an elevated boardwalk and several wildlife observation platforms.

“The trail provides a car-free connection between two major beach communities and combines some of the most majestic views with healthy active recreation,” said DNREC Sec. Collin O’Mara. “This is without a doubt one of the most spectacular trails our state has to offer, and it will surely be a major attraction for Delawareans and visitors enjoying this part of our state,”

Cape Henlopen State Park, which totals more than 5,000 acres of recreational land is home to a number of other trails such as the 2-mile Pinelands Nature Trail; the 1.6-mile Walking Dune Trail and half-mile Salt Marsh Spur. The trail’s completion ties in with the park’s 50th anniversary.

In 1974, talks about a possible trail connection began, but it wasn’t until 2010 that the route was actually developed. Revisions were made in 2012. In the end, however, the Gordons Pond Trail was part of Gov. Jack Markell’s Trails and Pathways Initiative.

“Investments in our trails and pathways provide a tremendous return, promoting healthier lifestyles, a cleaner environment, and a stronger economy,” Markell said on Wednesday.

Along with state officials, local runners also explored the new trail.

“I’m so excited that the trail is open,” said Amy Linzey, a Delaware triathlete. “It’s beautiful! It’s so nice to have one big loop to run and bike on now.”


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