DNREC’s Division of Parks and Recreation is in the process of updating the Trail Plan for Cape Henlopen State Park. The purpose of the Trail Plan is to provide a vision and a framework for the future trail system in the park.
In summary, the Plan outlines 15.7 miles of additional trails. Currently, the park has 19.3 miles of trails. The most notable changes are west of the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal with over 12 miles of additional trail.
In developing the Trail Plan for Cape Henlopen State Park, the division Recreation established objectives, evaluated natural and cultural resources, assessed current trail conditions, and weighed constraints and opportunities.
Public participation was a core component in developing this plan. A Stakeholder Working Group, representative of trail and park user groups, was assembled to participate in open discussions regarding the trail plan. Thanks to all the folks on the Working Group that participated in learning about the park’s natural and cultural assets and recreational trail uses; learning about the Division’s evaluation and planning process; and engaging in discussions that led to changes in the trail plan.
The Working Group provided key input for current and future alignments, surfaces, and uses represented in this plan. The Working Group discussions were the foundation of the Trail Plan update and shared an open house in April of 2018.