A trail linking Gordons Pond to Herring Point in Cape Henlopen State Park will provide outdoor recreational trail opportunities and breathtaking views of the pond, tidal marsh, ocean and dunes. The proposed trail will extend from the observation platform at Gordons Pond to the Walking Dune Trail near Herring Point. Approximately 2.0 miles long, the new trail will improve and reroute an existing primitive trail. The proposed trail will be comprised of three segments; from south to north those segments are: 1) 1.2 miles of fine crushed stone; 2) a 0.4-mile elevated boardwalk segment; and 3) 0.3 miles fine crushed stone that links to the Walking Dunes Trail.
Improving the 2.0-mile trail will protect rare plant and animal species, as well as archeological sites, from wayward hikers and bikers trying to negotiate the current primitive and mostly unmarked trail.
Recreational trail users currently have access to a 0.75-mile crushed stone, 8-foot-wide trail that terminates at an observation platform overlooking Gordons Pond, and, a 1.2-mile unimproved trail extending south from Herring Point that is open seasonally.
In developing the proposed improvements and extension of the Gordons Pond Trail, the Division of Parks & Recreation has evaluated natural and cultural resources, assessed existing trail conditions, and carefully weighed constraints and opportunities.
In two prior public meetings regarding proposed improvements to the Gordons Pond Trail, the public overwhelming supported changes to unimproved sections of the existing trail. With the public favoring trail improvements, the Division of Parks & Recreation began detailed design, engineering and environmental review to develop trail construction plans.
A statewide trail network that provides recreation and access to our scenic beauty while protecting delicate resources is a high priority of Governor Markell. Completing this trail is an element of the Governor’s First State Trails and Pathways Plan.
Gordons Pond Trail Preliminary Assessment
Gordons Pond Trail Proposed Alignment
Rehoboth-Lewes Regional Trail System
Comment on the Gordons Pond Trail Plan:
Comments will be received through April 30, 2013.