Covering more than 7,000 acres of beautiful, coastal terrain, Cape Henlopen State Park is a favorite destination for Delaware, dog-friendly camping getaways. Located in Sussex County, this park is known for its spectacular surf, iconic lighthouse, and huge assortment of recreational activities. Most pleasing of all, however, is the fact that it's pet-friendly.
While pets are welcome in Cape Henlopen State Park, you'll need to make sure you stick to a few, simple rules. Your dog will need to be on a leash (no longer than six feet) and under your control at all times. You'll also need to make sure you stick to designated pet-friendly areas, remember to never leave your pooch unattended, and always dispose of your pet's waste.
Dogs are not allowed in park buildings, cabins, yurts, or picnic areas at any time of year. However, they are allowed on the beach for much of the year but are prohibited from all swimming and sunbathing beaches from May 1st to September 30th.
Each year, thousands of visitors come from far and wide to enjoy Cape Henlopen's unspoilt beaches. From swimming and clamming to fishing, boating, kayaking and windsurfing, the ocean and bays offer plenty of avenues for exploration.
For those who haven't got their sea legs, a large network of trails allows hikers and bike riders to indulge in some exercise and nature viewing. A Seaside Nature Center lets you get up close and personal with a diverse array of marine life, from stingrays to horseshoe crabs, and is a big hit with kids. Fort Miles, a WWII military base that features a museum, is also within the park.
If you're staying the night, Cape Henlopen State Park's campground offers more than 150 sites for tents and RVs. Pets are more than welcome in the campground, so pack up your pooch and pay this popular and paw-some state park a visit.