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Cape Henlopen State Park

Cape Henlopen State Park has many year-round hiking and biking opportunities, and allows leashed dogs on the beach in the summer season. Pets are allowed in the seashore park/beaches all day without limitation of time of day (six miles of dog-friendly fun). Dogs are not permitted on the boardwalk, ocean beach, or any swimming areas designated by the Parks Division as not allowing dogs from May 1 to September 30. Visit Website

Or call (302) 645-8983 or email ParkInfo@state.de.us for more information.


BringFido Guest Rating

Cape Henlopen State Park has received a rating of 3.9 out of 5 bones by 4 canine critics on BringFido.

  • Stacey
    Aug. 29, 2019
    Dòg policy suck

    If you are here (and I'm sitting at camp in my tent with my dog), you pretty much cant take take the dog much of anywhere and swim and have a normal beach day. The poster that said its deceptive is correct. You can take the dog on designated parts of the beach, but you cant swim. Or u have to be there fishing. Actively fishing. You cant take them to all these things to do. Not allowed on trails. Not allowed , not allowed not allowed....you can sit at your site with your dog. And the are strict with these rules.

  • Nicole
    Jul. 7, 2019
    Great for day trips!

    We took Riley on her first day trip and she did fantastic! Great space to run around with her and dip her paws in the water. People are so friendly which allows for a relaxing environment. Dogs are permitted on the selected beach year round so I see many trips in the future!

  • Maria
    Apr. 27, 2019
    Great for spring camping and hiking with dogs!

    We actually camped at the State Park in late April with our dog for a week. Great, quiet time to come. Campground is clean and well-maintained and the people were awesome. Lots of dog-friendly places to eat out too. Free bike rentals at Nature Center. Lots of good hiking trails by cool forts. We will try to return!

  • Cindy
    Jul. 12, 2018
    Beautiful Park!

    Cape Henlopen is a beautiful park with a lot of things to do. Our dog had a great time at the beach digging in the sand and playing in the water. There were a few other well-behaved dogs there on leashes. Like many state parks, there is a fee to enter and you do have to carry your trash out.

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