Junction and Breakwater Trail, Rehoboth Beach

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The Junction and Breakwater Trail is a 6-mile (9.7 km) long rail trail located on the southwestern side of Cape Henlopen State Park connecting Lewes and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, United States. It is the third rail trail built in Delaware and it is the longest in the state. It partially follows the former Pennsylvania Railroad Rehoboth Beach branch that once transported passengers to several Methodist resort camps along the Atlantic coast. The line was abandoned by the Penn Central in the early 1970s.

The Junction and Breakwater Trail is named after the former railroad line between Lewes and Rehoboth in the mid-19th century. The first 3.6 miles (5.8 km) of the trail was opened in December 2003 after acquiring parcels and easements from private landowners. On June 4, 2007, an additional 2.4 miles (3.9 km) were added, extending the trail to Kings Highway in Lewes. Plans are being discussed to extend the trail further into town.
The trail includes two bridges, including an 80-foot (24 m) long railroad bridge originally built in 1913 that crosses Holland Glade and provides views of coastal wetlands and of a World War II observation tower located on the coast. The trail consists of crushed stone with an average width of 12 feet (3.7 m).
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  • As an avid trail rider, this was just the thing I needed to get off the beaten path at the beach and I managed to do 18 miles thanks to another reviewer’s expert advice. Do yourself a favor and check....  more
    As an avid trail rider, this was just the thing I needed to get off the beaten path at the beach and I managed to do 18 miles thanks to another reviewer’s expert advice. Do yourself a favor and check....  more »
  • gorgeous spot to ride a bike, have a drink or a bite to eat. there is a coffee shop in the Ferry building as well. 
    gorgeous spot to ride a bike, have a drink or a bite to eat. there is a coffee shop in the Ferry building as well.  more »
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  • Great trail for walking or biking. Six mile stretch. Flat, packed gravel. Great scenery. Park and access the trail at the outlets for free parking ! Had read it was a 10+ mile loop - but that involves getting to some other trails. Should have done more homework
  • Beautiful trail. Came early morning around 9am. Brought our pup. There were several people on the trail including people walking, hiking, and biking. The only downside is there were no trash cans anywhere to put dog waste. Other than that no complaints!

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