The bike loop from Lewes, Delaware to Rehoboth Beach is a journey through the beauty and history of the Delaware coast. Starting at the Lewes Library, the first leg of the loop takes you over the Freeman Highway bridge on RT 9 to the entrance of Cape Henlopen State Park.
Cape Henlopen State Park offers several bike paths with a multitude of sights to enjoy. One such path that I particularly like passes through the campgrounds to Herring Point. The trails in the park roll past sand dunes and beaches, with the Delaware Bay to the north and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. As you ride, keep your eyes peeled for the local wildlife. You might spot Cooper's hawks and ospreys soaring above or a red fox darting across the trail. Herring Point, a breathtaking overlook on the Atlantic Ocean, is a wonderful spot to take a break. On clear days, you can see across to Cape May and often spot dolphins and harbor seals frolicking along the shoreline.
From Herring Point, the Gordon's Pond trail winds over a trail bridge through the wetlands by Gordon's Pond to the Gordon's Pond State Park. This is an excellent opportunity to experience the local flora and fauna up close. The trails within the state park are mostly paved, turning to crushed limestone as they head out of the park. Exiting Gordon's Pond park, the trail runs down Ocean Drive to Whiskey Beach and through North Shores, Rehoboth. There are multiple routes to the Junction-Breakwater trail from here. Depending on your preference, you can take Tidewaters Rd or go through Rehoboth and by the Boardwalk.
The Junction-Breakwater trail begins at the Lewes and Rehoboth Canal Bridge at the entrance to Rehoboth. This trail is a local favorite and runs through a wooded area with wetlands. Interestingly, the trail was built on the remnants of a former Penn Central Rail Line that brought visitors to Rehoboth in the late 1800s. One of the highlights of the trail is an 80-foot-long former railroad bridge over Holland Glade that provides views of coastal marshland and migrating seabirds. A highlight is the Revelation brewery, where you can stop for a wood-fired pizza and a Sussex Mule ale. The trail then runs through the HawksEye, Senators, and Showfield communities, leading back to the Lewes Library.
This journey through Lewes and Rehoboth Beach is not only a great workout but also a trip through the rich history and natural beauty of Delaware. Enjoy the ride!
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