Trail After Trail After Trail

Where Will Your Path Take You?

Southern Delaware's biking and walking trails continue to grow, and now more than 100 miles of trails in Sussex County offer something for anyone who wants to get outside. So where do you begin? 

aThe Southern Delaware Heritage Trail

This is actually an on-road bike route that provides 130 miles of connecting trails for cyclists and more than 70 miles of scenic country roads for motorists who venture off the beaten path. The trail connects rivers, scenic drives, local heritage and historical sites, country inns, bed and breakfasts, motels and antique shops.
Starting in the north, the circuitous trail goes clockwise through Milford, Milton, Millsboro, to Laurel and the southern end of the loop, then north through Seaford, Bridgeville, Greenwood and back to Milford. A free printed map is available from Southern Delaware Tourism. 

Click here for more:

http://www.bikekinetix.com/special_features/crabs_cranks.php

For a free map, call them toll-free at (866) 357-1818 or locally at (302) 856-1818.

aTrap Pond State Park Loop

The loop is one of the most scenic and varied three mile paths in  Sussex County.
Located at 33587 Baldcypress Lane, Laurel, about 29 miles west of the beach, just off Route 24, it circles the lake at Trap Pond giving views of the pond, the cypress trees with their tangle of roots in the water, and the forest.
It ends/begins at the sandy beach area of the parking lot and the nature center where there is a giant playground that beckons as many adults as children. State park entrance fees apply.

For more information, call (302) 875-5153 or go to www.destateparks.com.

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The Junction and Breakwater Trail

Riding a bike into Rehoboth Beach can be pretty easy now, due to the Junction and Breakwater Trail. Avoid the traffic, the partially shaded ride, and the scenic views along the way.  The Junction and Breakwater Trail is scenic, easy and a pretty straight shot from Rehoboth or Lewes or vice versa.  Get on the trail east of Route 1 by taking Munchy Branch Road to Wolfe Neck Road or from the trailhead off of the Holland Glade Road located behind Tanger Outlets where there is plenty of free parking. There are plenty of scenic spaces to stop – overlooking the Munchy Branch River and down glade just north of Rehoboth.

No car traffic here, just lovely shady trees for much of the journey. More than 50,000 people use this trail a year, yet it still doesn’t feel crowded. Best times are morning; weekends get crowded.  Locals know to enjoy the weekdays on this trail.  
Call (302) 739.4702 or go to www.destateparks.com for more information.

aGordons Pond Trail

The Gordons Pond Trail is located in Cape Henlopen State Park, where it follows the western side of Gordons Pond, a 900-acre salt water lagoon where early settlers used to come to get their salt.
There are sometimes muddy spots after a rain, but mostly this trail is a finely crushed gravel pathway that winds through coastal maritime forest, grassy marshes and sandy dunes, most of them seen well from a large observation deck early on in the ride.
The ride starts at the parking lot for the Gordons Pond Day Use Area. There are also two historic World War II observation towers on the beach to explore.

Detailed trail information click here:

https://www.traillink.com/trail/gordons-pond-trail/

aAbbott’s Mill Nature Center

Abbott's Mill is 25 miles from the beach at 15411 Abbotts Mill Pond Road, Milford.  Seems like a long ride, but really worth the trip. There are three miles of trails and boardwalk that goes through different eco-systems, marsh, woodland and fields.
While the obvious trails next to the parking area are great, for a real treat, cross the street and take the lesser known trail that takes you by a replica of a native American long house, along the edge of a field and meadow and down to the river’s edge where there are benches to rest and reflect.Look for little placards along the way for tidbits of interesting information about what you’re seeing. Free. Open daily from dawn to dusk.
For more information, call (302) 422-0847 or go to www.delnature.org/AbbottsMill

aMilford River Walk

About 21 miles north of the Rehoboth beach scene, the Milford River Walk can be found off Route along NE Front Street in Milford.
The main walk is a one-mile stroll through downtown Milford, with artwork and restaurants along the path. There are nice views, overhangs with benches, to feed bread to geese, fish and turtles (bring your own bread) along the back section past the Second Street Players Theater. On the east end, the trail then spills on to Goat Island, which has been opened with trails and nature walk spots. A scenic area to birdwatch and just enjoy quiet.
For more information on Southern Delaware landmarks visit:

https://visitsoutherndelaware.com

 

 

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