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Fort DuPont State Park


Find Your Adventure at Fort DuPont State Park

Battery at Fort DuPont

Walk the River View Trail

Walk along the River View Trail and see both Battery Elder and Battery Read and Gibson. Stop to consider the role of Fort DuPont as part of a three-fort system in the evolution of coastal defense. Bring binoculars for spotting wildlife along the trail.

WWII movie theater at Fort DuPont

Explore the Grounds

Walk around the property and read the waysides to discover the history of this park, which served as a military base from the Civil War all the way through World War II.

About the Park

the gun battery

Named for a Civil War U.S. Naval hero, Fort DuPont was built to protect port cities along the Delaware River, like Wilmington and Philadelphia from enemy ships. When its weaponry became obsolete after World War I, Fort DuPont’s role switched primarily to training. The backbone of Fort DuPont’s coastal defense included its rifle, mortar and rapid-fire batteries that can still be seen today. A theater built in the 1930s still stands on the property, as well. The Riverview Trail is a prime spot to watch wading birds fly between Pea Patch Island and the mainland. Visitors can also see ospreys dive for fish in the river during the summer months, a variety of waterfowl in winter and bald eagles year-round.

Fishing and Boating

TThe park is bounded on two sides by the scenic Delaware River and the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal. Use the boat launch to get out on the water to fish and explore the Delaware River. Click for information about fishing and fishing permits.

Recreation

The River View Trail takes you alongside the Delaware River and affords a glimpse of the site's rich historic past. Six gun batteries were built at Fort DuPont during what is known as the “Endicott Period” (1898-1910), and five of them can be seen along the trail: Batteries Read and Gibson, completed in 1898; Batteries Rodney and Best, and Battery Elder, completed in 1899; and Battery Elder, completed in 1904.

Upcoming Events

Walking Tour

Saturday, August 7, 2021

10:00 AM

Join a park historian for a leisurely stroll and discover the history, architecture, and community of this old military post, including the theater, gymnasium, guardhouse, barracks and officer housing. Wear sturdy walking shoes for this one-hour tour. To register, email Jake at jacob.miller@delaware.gov or call 302-834-7941. Free

Add to Calendar 8/7/2021 10:00:00 AM 8/7/2021 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Walking Tour Join a park historian for a leisurely stroll and discover the history, architecture, and community of this old military post, including the theater, gymnasium, guardhouse, barracks and officer housing. Wear sturdy walking shoes for this one-hour tour. To register, email Jake at jacob.miller@delaware.gov or call 302-834-7941. Free Fort DuPont State Park

Battery Hike

Saturday, September 4, 2021

10:00 AM

Take a walk along the trail, and check out one of the first coastal defense sites to have steel-barreled breech-loading guns in concrete emplacements. Be sure to wear sturdy walking shoes that you don't mind getting a little dirty for this one-hour adventure. To register, email Jake at jacob.miller@delaware.gov or call 302-834-7941 Free

Add to Calendar 9/4/2021 10:00:00 AM 9/4/2021 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Battery Hike Take a walk along the trail, and check out one of the first coastal defense sites to have steel-barreled breech-loading guns in concrete emplacements. Be sure to wear sturdy walking shoes that you don't mind getting a little dirty for this one-hour adventure. To register, email Jake at jacob.miller@delaware.gov or call 302-834-7941 Free Fort DuPont State Park

Walking Tour

Saturday, September 11, 2021

10:00 AM

Join a park historian for a leisurely stroll and discover the history, architecture, and community of this old military post, including the theater, gymnasium, guardhouse, barracks and officer housing. Wear sturdy walking shoes for this one-hour tour. To register, email Jake at jacob.miller@delaware.gov or call 302-834-7941. Free

Add to Calendar 9/11/2021 10:00:00 AM 9/11/2021 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Walking Tour Join a park historian for a leisurely stroll and discover the history, architecture, and community of this old military post, including the theater, gymnasium, guardhouse, barracks and officer housing. Wear sturdy walking shoes for this one-hour tour. To register, email Jake at jacob.miller@delaware.gov or call 302-834-7941. Free Fort DuPont State Park

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