This One Easy Hike In Delaware Will Lead You Someplace Unforgettable
When it comes to easy hikes, Delaware has miles and miles to offer its residents. The state parks themselves preserve over 150 miles of beautiful trails through hills, along creeks and rivers, and on the gorgeous Delaware bay. All of the trails take you through beautiful areas of Delaware, but one hike in particular has the ability to take you back in time… to World War II, where the point of Delaware was one of the most important areas of the United States. This one hike is a very simple trip, and walking along the path will lead you to a few absolutely incredible places that you’re sure to never forget. So, read up about the Bike Loop and Pinelands Trail at Cape Henlopen State Park and travel back in time to World War II.
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The Bike Loop Trail itself is a paved, 3 mile, easy to moderate trail with a slight grade in some sections. It’s the best trail to take if you want the full Cape Henlopen experience, because it passes by the Nature Center, campground, bathhouse, an outdoor fitness area, the World War II Observation Tower and Fort Miles Historic Area. Side trails will take you to the Kayak rental and beautiful views from some of the impossibly high dunes. From the Bike Loop Trail, you can access the short, two mile Pinelands Trail, which takes you through the coastal upland forest directly into the Fort Miles Historic Area. The Pinelands Trail was designated as Delaware’s first National Recreation Trail in 1981. You can find trail maps and park maps, as well as parking and more detailed trail information on the Delaware State Parks website.
If you’re looking for more information about Fort Miles, you can read all about the history of the area (and how it lead to the creation of Cape Henlopen State Park in the first place!) here.