The 2.6-mile Gordons Pond Trail — for bicycling, walking, and running — is in Cape Henlopen State Park, between Lewes and Rehoboth, Delaware, along the perimeter at times of the 900-acre Gordons Pond, a salt lagoon. Paved mainly with loose but level crushed stone and extending from the parking lot at Cape Henlopen State Park beach ($5 parking fee in-state, $10 fee out-of-state plates, no fee for people biking or walking in without a car) to the 1.6-mile Walking Dune Trail near Herring Point, the trail also features an elegant, wavy elevated boardwalk. Gordons Pond Trail is the newest part (dedicated June 2014) of a 15-mile regional trail system connecting the two towns, along with the 5-mile Junction & Breakwater Trail that takes you through housing developments, fields that will soon be housing developments, and some woods. Within the 5,193-acre Cape Henlopen State Park are beaches, surf-fishing areas and a fishing pier, a Seaside Nature Center, a campground, disc golf facilities, historic Fort Miles, and other trails including a 2-mile Pinelands Nature Trail, some spur trails, and a lookout tower.
We biked most of these other trails during three days late July last year and three days in mid-June this year, as well as through Lewes last July. We also walked part of the Gordons Pond Trail with my sister on our last day at the beach this year, an overcast, cool, threatening-rain day.
Photos are from late July 2017 and mid-June 2018.
TRAILS AND VIEWS
Entrance from parking lot at Cape Henlopen State Park in Rehoboth Beach:
The beach at Cape Henlopen SP parking lot, around 11 a.m. on an overcast day this June:
Trail and views near Gordons Pond:
These two were taken a few days apart:
Beach Guard Towers:
Herring Point terminus:
Sidetrails: Walking Dune Trail, Salt Marsh Spur, other trails, plus side trips to Fort Miles, fishing pier, climbable observation tower
Walking Dune trail:
Salt Marsh spur trail:
(climbable) Observation Tower:
Lighthouse View Bait & Tackle Store and fishing pier:
Trails & Views along Junction & Breakwater Trail (all in July 2017):
In Lewes (all July 2017):
ANIMALS (besides gull, terns shown above):
Non-Birds and Non-Insects:
“… nature photographs downright bore me for some reason or other. I think: ‘Oh, yes. Look at that sand dune. What of it?'” — Walker Evans (photographer during the Great Depression)