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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  • .....but I don't have to because I live 10 miles from several trailheads. The Junction Breakwater trail is part of a trail system that connects Lewes to Rehoboth Beach Delaware. The only way to...  more »
  • Beautiful trail. Wide, scenic, and safe. You can ride for hours and see so much. The trail connects several communities and you can shop in the towns it joins. It’s pretty flat so it’s a leisurely...  more »

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