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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

Fort DuPont State Park, named for Rear Admiral Samuel Francis du Pont, was an active military base from the Civil War through World War II. Following World War II, Fort DuPont was turned over to the State of Delaware. It has been used for various purposes, including as the Governor Bacon Health Center. Portions of the land were dedicated as a state park in 1992.

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

Fort DuPont Walking Tour

Saturday, April 24, 2021

10:00 AM

Fort DuPont served as a military base from 1899 until 1945. During the 1920s and 1930s it was a thriving community, full of people with interesting stories. This program presents the fascinating history of Fort DuPont, focusing on the period between about 1920 and 1945. Wear shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty for this program. Pre-registration required; call 302-834-7941 to register. Free

Add to Calendar 4/24/2021 10:00:00 AM 4/24/2021 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Fort DuPont Walking Tour Fort DuPont served as a military base from 1899 until 1945. During the 1920s and 1930s it was a thriving community, full of people with interesting stories. This program presents the fascinating history of Fort DuPont, focusing on the period between about 1920 and 1945. Wear shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty for this program. Pre-registration required; call 302-834-7941 to register. Free Fort DuPont State Park

Fort DuPont Battery Hike

Saturday, May 22, 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. This program will focus on the early history of Fort DuPont (1900 – 1920), when the site served primarily as a coastal defense site. Wear shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty for this program. Pre-registration required; call 302-834-7941 to register. Free

Add to Calendar 5/22/2021 10:00:00 AM 5/22/2021 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Fort DuPont 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. This program will focus on the early history of Fort DuPont (1900 – 1920), when the site served primarily as a coastal defense site. Wear shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty for this program. Pre-registration required; call 302-834-7941 to register. Free Fort DuPont State Park

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