The Junction and Breakwater Trail is a 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 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 of the trail was opened in December 2003 after acquiring parcels and easements from private landowners. On June 4, 2007, an additional 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 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 .
This beautiful, pine-studded rail-trail winds through Cape Henlopen State Park next to wetlands and farmland, offering a break from the nearby beaches and eclectic shopping areas. The trail runs from Gills Neck Road in Lewes to the town of Rehoboth Beach and provides a perfect nature retreat.
The trail is mostly crushed stone, except for the last 0.2 mile near Rehoboth, when it becomes asphalt.
Length: 6.4 miles
Trail end points: Gills Neck Rd. under Freeman Hwy./US 9 (Lewes) to Hebron Rd./CR 273 (Rehoboth)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Crushed Stone
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