Junction and Breakwater Trail

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Junction and Breakwater Trail
Established 2003
Length 6 mi (9.7 km)
Location Cape Henlopen, Delaware, US
Trailheads Lewes and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Use Hiking, cycling
Hiking details
Trail difficulty Easy
Surface Crushed stone
Right of way Penn Central Transportation Company
Website www.destateparks.com/activities/Trails/locations/cape-henlopen/index.asp#8

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.[1] 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 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.[2] Plans are being discussed to extend the trail further into town.[3]

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).


  1. ^ Race, Amanda (Spring 2007). "Destination: Junction and Breakwater Trail" (PDF). Rails to Trails Magazine. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. pp. 23–25. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-07-14. Retrieved 2007-02-26. 
  2. ^ "Junction and Breakwater Trail Extension Opens at Cape Henlopen State Park" (Press release). Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. 2007-06-04. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-07-17. 
  3. ^ Swick, Rachel (2007-04-16). "Hawkseye provides missing link for Lewes-Rehoboth bike trail". Cape Gazette. Archived from the original on 2007-05-06. Retrieved 2007-04-29. 

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Coordinates: 38°44′02″N 75°06′42″W / 38.73389°N 75.11167°W / 38.73389; -75.11167