This 5 mile one-way hike is located in one of Delaware's most popular and scenic parks. People hike this route year-round with summer drawing the largest visitation. Begin along the south parking area at Tower Road off Route 1. Cross the dunes on one of the designated paths. For a bird's eye view of the area including both ocean and Rehoboth Bay, glance back while cresting the dunes. If hiking in summer, you'll enjoy the option of making this a barefoot excursion at water's edge. This lengthy unmarked trail crosses the paths of many anglers. You'll want to keep any eye out for them and their beach vehicles. Their typical catch is bluefish while the hiker's typical catch will include a variety of shells found along the surf. Such riches include whelks, mussels, clams, driftwood and softened glass. Frequently, sanderlings probe the shallows in search of tasty morsels. Do not neglect to keep a watchful eye off shore. Dolphins are being spotted on a more regular basis.
Surf anglers and those choosing to arrange a shuttle hike will note that parking is available at Key Box Road, Conquest Road, Conquest Crossing, and Haven Road, in addition to the trail's terminus, Indian River Inlet.
When you've nearly completed the 5-mile hike, the jetty marks the spot where you'll cross the dunes to reach the Indian River Bridge steps. Be sure to spend several moments from the bridge, one of Delaware's highest elevations and a favorite place for viewing sunsets and sunrises. The parking lot lies just below the stairs.
Special Notes: Hikers that prefer a one-way hike may park their vehicles at Indian River Inlet and shuttle back to the park. Restrooms, bathhouses and concessions are open seasonally at Tower Road and open year-round at Indian River.
Directions: From Dewey Beach, DE, Travel south along State Route 1 less than one mile to reach the park entrance on the left -- Tower Road. (A shuttle may be arranged 5 miles south at Indian River Inlet.)
Elevation: Sea Level
Elevation Gain: Minimal
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