Nestled just north of Rehoboth Beach within the greater area of Cape Henlopen State Park, Gordon Pond Wildlife Area is a place where visitors can enjoy wildlife watching, hiking, biking, and taking in the stunning natural sights that this lovely locale has to offer. Read on for additional details on what makes a trip to Gordon Pond Wildlife Area one of our favorite Rehoboth things to do.
Immerse Yourself in the Beauty of the Delaware Beaches
Cape Henlopen State Park has a trail known as Gordon’s Pond Trail, specifically dedicated to this beautiful region of the park. From the parking lot of Gordon’s Pond, you can hike or bike your way to Herring Point, an easy trail totaling a little over five miles roundtrip. On the way, you’ll see crushed stone, salt marshes, sandy beaches, a charming boardwalk, towering pine trees, and the species of shorebirds and horseshoe crabs that call the region home.
Gordon’s Pond Trail connects the towns of Rehoboth Beach and Lewes Beach, making it an ideal choice if you’re staying in one of these two towns and want to take a walking day trip to the other town. The trail also links up to the historic Fort Miles area, which includes a museum, buildings, and barracks that showcase the military history of the area.
Explore Gordon Pond Wildlife Area’s nearly 5,200 acres of lush greenery and breathtaking views and you’ll encounter what’s called the Great Dune, a dune that rises a staggering 80 feet above sea level.
The park is also home to a diverse range of habitats, attracting a variety of mammal, reptile, and bird species. In particular, piping plovers—a threatened species of shorebird—begin nesting in the park during the summer. The park protects these birds and will warn visitors not to enter areas closed off due to the nests of piping plovers. Other threatened shorebird species that have been sighted here include the least tern and the black skimmer. This is because Gordon’s Pond is one of only four places in North America that is considered a migration super highway for waterfowl.
Gordon Pond Wildlife Area is open from 8:00am until sunset year-round.
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