Cape Henlopen, just 43 miles southeast of Dover, has the distinction of being one of the United States’ first public lands. Recognized for its beauty and natural features, Pennsylvania founder William Penn decreed that the area should be preserved for the enjoyment of the local citizenry. That was nearly 3.5 centuries ago. Over the course of that time, Cape Henlopen has served several purposes but has always remained accessible to the public. In 1964, it was designated a Delaware State Park. Today, the park serves as an idyllic destination where campers, hikers, anglers and nature lovers can explore and appreciate the sand dunes, pine woods and tidal marshes in the same way the Founders did so long ago.
The campground in Henlopen State Park is the perfect base to explore the area and enjoy many of the park’s attractions and activities. The campground offers a variety of tent and RV sites (many with 2-point hookups), walk-in tent sites, ADA accessible sites, and camping cabins that can accommodate up to six people. Amenities include bathhouses with showers, dump and recycling stations, a playground and an amphitheater. Camping is available from Mar. 1 through Nov. 30; seasonal campsite rates range from $20–$59/night; camping cabins range from $70–$130/night.
When it’s time to play, the sky’s the limit. Four hiking trails are available for exploring the area’s pine forests and coastal dunes, visiting bunkers and watchtowers in the Fort Miles Historic Area, or taking in views of Delaware Bay and the Henlopen Lighthouse. Stop by the Nature Center and learn about some of the local bird and sea life (bird watching guides available), or take advantage of the park’s Borrow-a-Bike program and take a pleasant ride around Cape Henlopen’s bike path. For fun on the water, take a dip in the Atlantic at one of the swimming areas, try crabbing or surf fishing, or rent kayaks and go for an ocean paddle. There’s also disc golf and sports courts available for getting your game on. With so much to see and do at Cape Henlopen, you might just need to plan a longer visit!
I've done a lot of camping and Cape Henlopen is one of the best places I've stayed. I have stayed here at least a dozen times and have never had any complaints. There are lots of walking and biking trails, clean facilities, and the sites are very nice.
This is a 5 star campground. It is clean, in a great location, staff is amazing and so on. There was only one issue we had with it and it is probably something that can’t be fixed but it is a big issue for us. TICKS! Ticks are everywhere! They are in the trees, tall grass and even in the sand. Out dog had no less than 8 on her in the 3 days we were there and she was even sprayed with tick repellant. They were in our hair as well. Besides the ticks everywhere, we LOVED this place and actually want to come back. Next time without the dog so she does not have to deal with that again. Amazing beaches and views everywhere. Stunningly beautiful park.
Facilities (camp store, restrooms, showers etc.) were clean and well-maintained. Great bike paths all over the state park to explore the army bunkers, Ft. Miles, and the beach. We rented stand-up paddleboards and explored the calmer waters in Delaware Bay (pro-tip, don't wear your wedding ring out there, or it may end up at the bottom of Delaware Bay…oops). We were out there in the afternoon, but the guy at Quest kayak rentals (right in the state park, at the fishing pier) if you go out in the morning, you can sometimes see dolphins!
This campground was pretty busy. You need reservations well in advance if you want to have a choice of sites in the summer. We got a site at the last minute, just for one night. It wasn't the best site and a little expensive for us (we tent camp and were in an RV site), but there was shade, free showers, and lots to see and do. We had a great time here!
The attendant was very friendly and helpful when we arrived without making a reservation first and was able to get us in for a single night stay despite the "no vacancy" for the last 3 weeks straight. He was very thorough about the best showers (with air conditioning), the nature center with trails, bikes to loan, and other things to do. The campsite was meant for an RV but it still worked for our car and tent. The site was partially shaded, had a fire ring and picnic table, electric and water spigot. Bathrooms and showers nearby but we used the shower house with private rooms and air conditioning. Small camp store on site that has wood and ice and a few other things. Laundry facility with coin operated washer and dryers as well as utility sink for dish washing. You can bike or take a long walk to the beach or drive which is what we did. Beautiful beach with bath house and concessions but not as busy as Rehoboth beach a few miles down the road. We also were able to see a pod of dolphins about 100ft from shore when we went swimming! Despite the campground being full and sites very close together the evening was still pleasant and quiet!
Loved this private sandy site. This campground was a great quiet place to relax away from busy beach towns nearby.
great campground and I will definitely be back. Right in the campground there is a useful camp store, playground, family style bathrooms with A/C, trails and even a little free library. There’s not a lot of space between sites but everything is nicely shaded. inside the park there is a free nature center, free bike rentals with kid carriers, life guarded beaches, ww2 towwrs you can clImb, fishing pier and off roading on the beach. We only stayed two nights but feels worth staying longer next time. I booked this sooo many months in advance and it was the last spot on a July weekend!
This campground was renovated about two years ago . It is very clean . As a state park we were surprised at all it offers. Laundry , full campstore , air conditioned and clean showers/bathrooms.. Just about all sites are partially shaded to shaded. The park used to be an old army barracks and they still have a lot of old guns and buildings you can walk thru , including the watchtowers. The park beach is a three minute drive and very clean . This campground is a great summer destination.
Cape Henlopen is wonderful and really, really large. Bring the bicycles, helmets are required. We love it here, there is so much to do. There are miles upon miles of walking and biking trails. There are nice play facilities for kids, loads of water and beach access. Great fishing, with a large open pier complete with well stocked, well informed and reasonably priced tackle shop on the pier. Nice bathroom facilities available there as well.
There is a fantastic nature center (FREE) complete with touch tanks and knowledgeable park staff. Free bike rentals are available, some with baby seats and trailers. As a former military installation, there are lots of military historical items and sites. Underground bunkers and batteries and such. There's a wonderful observation tower built on top of one of these that affords beautiful 360 degree views and photo opportunities. There are also old observation towers, one of which you can climb to the top of.
Lots and lots of wildlife and nature photography to be had here.
Campsites can be a bit tight, and the measurements online are real. Fire rings and picnic tables are available on sites. There's a camp store as well. We've stayed both on sites and in one of the really nice cabins. The cabins are great for families, but do not allow pets.
This is a beautiful campground! It is a mile walk to the beach. It has some of the best water and electric hookups I've seen. The tent sites are a good size and have a good mix of shade and sun. They also have a rv and camper section. Over 20 miles of trails through pine trees, with views of sand dunes. It also has historic ruins from ww2. The cape is amazing. You can walk into the water for what seems like miles and it only gets up to your shins. There is bay access for kayaking and fishing. A really great camp and hiking spot.
Cape Henlopen campground always seems to be booked, so I will start by saying if you’re interested, book a site quickly because they do fill up fast! And there’s a good reason for it, this state park is so impressive - it manages to combine a beach atmosphere with an incredible nature preserve area. You feel like you’re in the woods but also at the beach. Not much shade in some sites so come prepared. The park is beautiful, many trails to bike or hike. There’s a rental shop to rent bikes, beach chairs, umbrellas, etc as well as a snack shop open during the summer.