Hit These Trails for Great Hiking at the Delaware Beaches

Whether you're seeking a stroll along the dunes or a trek through coastal forest, these trails offer excellent hiking at the Delaware beaches.

Beach days filled with sun, sand and surf are a staple of Delaware summers. Delaware’s coastal towns have much more to offer than the shore, though. Hiking trails at the Delaware beaches offer a unique blend of natural beauty and coastal charm. Take in lush marshlands, tranquil shores, peaceful woods and more on coastal Delaware’s hiking trails.

Here are some of the top beach hikes in Delaware, according to AllTrails users.

Prickly Pear Trail

Ocean View

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This 3.5-mile loop is an ideal place for hiking at the Delaware beaches. Located just north of Bethany, this loop includes wetland views, tranquil wooded areas and flat, wide walking trails. Keep an eye out for local wildlife like bay turtles!

James Farm Ecological Preserve Loop Trail

James Farm Ecological Preserve, Ocean View

Enjoy a blend of woods and marsh views on this 1.6-mile loop. With flat boardwalk trails, this is a great option for leisurely strolls with the family or a walk with the dog.

Gordons Pond Trail

Cape Henlopen State Park

This 6.4-mile hike is popular for everything from biking to birding, with plenty of hikers taking advantage of the views every day. Aesthetically, this is a local favorite with scenic views of Cape Henlopen.

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Seaside Nature Trail

Cape Henlopen State Park

It’s all in the name! This 0.7-mile trail provides stunning ocean views including a look at the Lewes lighthouse. Start at the Nature Center and pick up information about Cape Henlopen. The trail is mostly sand and leads to a generally quiet area on Delaware’s coast.

Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge Loop

Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge

This national wildlife refuge in Milton is made up of over 10,000 acres of wetland preserve. This 1.7-mile loop offers a small look at this stunning piece of coastal Delaware. Signs along the trail offer an educational look into the kinds of creatures and plant species that thrive at Prime Hook.


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Junction and Breakwater Trail

Cape Henlopen State Park

This 11-mile trail runs from Lewes all the way down to Rehoboth. It’s an ideal trail for cycling. If you’re looking for hiking at the Delaware beaches, though, parts of the trail are also great for a quick hike. Enjoy waterside views, lush woods and a flat path for an easy walk.

Related: These Are the Top-Rated Hikes in Delaware

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