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Cape Henlopen State Park Lewes

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Cape Henlopen State Park
42 Cape Henlopen Dr
Lewes
DE
19958
Tel: 302 645 6852

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Cape Henlopen's beaches attract thousands of visitors who enjoy ocean swimming and sunbathing. Two designated swimming beaches provide lifeguard patrols between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day. Umbrellas can be rented during the summer. The northern swimming area also features a modern bath house with showers, changing rooms, and a food concession.
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    Generally, a very good park. Clean, quiet, and a good bargain for staying at the beach. An issue if you bring an RV, though. If you get a site with water, bring up to 75' of hose. Sites can be long, but shallow, so the water hookup can be a long way away, and nowhere near where you'd want to park, near the firepit and picnic table. They laid it out with one common water riser for two sites. My understanding is that they are adding some full hookup sites for 2015. Hopefully, they'll lay them out a little better.

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    Beautiful park. Went in the fall so the beach was empty. Gorgeous scenery.

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    I have been to this park every year since I moved to Delaware. This years experience was the worst mainly due to the bathrooms and shower house. They were completely disgusting! Not only were they nasty...they were just plain unsanitary. There are 100 plus people using these everyday and they weren't even cleaned once that I could tell. There was a wait for my wife and daughter to use the bathhouse every time. They really need to build new larger and more sanitary facilities. I found it ironic that a sign out side the bathhouse said to pick...Read More

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    My family has made this park our vacation spot since the 60's. There is so much to do, beaches, kayak, shopping and hiking. By far one of the most beautiful and peaceful places I have ever been to.

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    We tent camped here for two nights in late August 2013. I loved this park! Beautiful pine forest nature trail and beautiful beach. Free bike rentals and the bike trail goes all around the park. You can rent kayaks as well for a small fee. The observation tower provides an amazing view of the area. Also the nature center has aquariums and touch tanks. Just a great experience overall. Plus, it's right next to the charming small town of Lewes DE. Highly recommended!

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by Kirk Evans

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I have been to this park every year since I moved to Delaware. This years experience was the worst mainly due to the bathrooms and shower house. They were completely disgusting! Not only were they nasty...they were just plain unsanitary. There are 100 plus people using these everyday and they weren't even cleaned once that I could tell. There was a wait for my wife and daughter to use the bathhouse every time. They really need to build new larger and more sanitary facilities. I found it ironic that a sign out side the bathhouse said to pick up after your pets because it's unsanitary. How about cleaning the bathrooms! Geez, for $35 a night I think the hosts could do a better job and making sure they were at least hosed out.

Another reason I disliked this trip was because the WWII tower was closed/locked with no explanation all weekend??? That is one of the reasons I like to go there. Bike trails are nice. Beach is very crowed and the only place to go with a dog is to the truck beaches and we almost got run over by trucks on the way out! C'mon Delaware authorities. 98% of the people on the truck beaches are not fishing! They are partying! I think it should be a little more enforced as to the regulations for preservation of the beaches. JMHO.

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