Situated at the mouth of the Delaware Bay sits Cape Henlopen State Park and its 6+ miles of coastline. The “Point” of Cape Henlopen, where the Delaware Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean, shaped the history of this landscape. For millenia, native people lived off the land’s abundant and rich resources and in the late 1600s, William Penn granted the land and allowed citizens to harvest many of the same resources. The area’s strategic position led to the construction of Fort Miles during World war II with its iconic fire control towers along the Atlantic coast and, which served as a federal defensive site, training area and testing location both during and after the war. A diverse collection of habitats makes up the coastal ecosystem of Cape Henlopen State Park. Barrier dune, coastal beaches, and maritime forest are home to many species of plants and animals. Visitors can visit the Seaside Nature Center to participate in an interpretive program or learn about the park’s native plants and animals.
On June 13, 2022, DNREC’s Division of Parks and Recreation hosted a community meeting from 5:30-7:30 at the Cape Henlopen State Park Officer Club/Youth Camp III building. The meeting featured a series of informational boards highlighting progress throughout the park, upcoming capital projects and future planned efforts to improve the amenities and services provided to park visitors.
The Division of Parks and Recreation is seeking public input on improvements at Cape Henlopen State Park, including the Biden Environmental Education Center, campground expansion, Fort Miles Museum and Historical Area, park office, trail system, utility upgrades, bathrooms and food service amenities. Please take a few moments to fill out our survey below.