Cape Henlopen State Park

One mile east of Lewes, more than 4000 acres of dune bluffs, pine forests and wetlands are preserved at this lovely state park that's popular with bird-watchers, beachgoers and campers. There's also a 3.5-mile paved loop cycling trail. You can see clear to Cape May from the observation tower. North Shores beach draws many gay and lesbian couples. Campsites ($35 to $44) and cabins ($120) are also available. The admission fee is cash only.

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