Exploring These WWII Ruins In Delaware Will Take You Back In Time
In the shadow of the tall observation towers that line the Cape Henlopen Coast lies abandoned World War II ruins at Fort Miles Historic Area, which is open for exploration year-round. Visit 1940s bunkers and batteries, see machine guns up-close, and even climb a tower to relive the area’s involvement in the Second World War. It’s truly an incredible experience for anyone interested in the history of the Delmarva region.
Cape Henlopen State Park has many trails that weave and wind through sand and forest.
If you take the Pinelands Trail or the Bike Loop Trail, you'll soon stumble upon a hidden treasure at the top of the hill.
Enter the Fort Miles Historic Area to see remnants of World War II's lasting impact on the Delmarva region.
Batteries, bunkers, guns and barracks are left here from when Fort Miles was constructed.
Fort Miles was established because of the importance of protecting the ports of Wilmington, Philadelphia.
After World War II, the land that made up Fort Miles was donated to the State of Delaware to establish Cape Henlopen State Park.
Batteries and Bunkers were left standing as historic reminders of the impact on World War II on the entire Delmarva area.
Many of these bunkers are left exactly as they were, and they've stood the test of time and are now open to be explored.
Battery 518, seen here, is probably the most well known due to the gigantic machine guns that peek out of the front.
Luckily, these guns were never fired outside of training exercises, as the coast was never legitimately threatened during the war.
Bunker 519 is open for tours on certain days of the year, if you want to learn about the history of the fort from the guides.
Perhaps the coolest thing to do at Fort Miles Historic Area is climbing the observation tower.
The view from the top is absolutely incredible - and it's a more unique experience than climbing a lighthouse!
These Obeservation Towers were only supposed to last through the war, but over 70 years later, they still stand tall as a testament to the engineers and United States Military.
You can visit Fort Miles at Cape Henlopen State Park from 8 AM - Sunset, year round.:
15099 Cape Henlopen Drive, Lewes, DE 19958
If you’re looking for more incredible trails to explore this weekend, I recommend trying one of the
14 Trails In Delaware You Must Take If You Love The Outdoors.
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