Junction and Breakwater Trail

Junction and Breakwater Trail

Junction and Breakwater Trail
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John L
White Marsh, MD253 contributions
Mar 2022
Parked at the trailhead off of Hebron Road and walked about 2 miles out (4 miles round trip). Nice peaceful trail in early March in great weather. Other walkers and most bikers were very friendly. Trail is flat, covered most of the way in crushed stone so there is no mud. Probably would not suggest the walk on a hot day as there are areas without the benefit of shade.

While the trailhead does not have much parking, you can park at the Tanger Outlets and access the trail from there.
Written March 8, 2022
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PallasAthena08
Doylestown, PA68 contributions
Aug 2022 • Solo
As an avid trail rider, this was just the thing I needed to get off the beaten path at the beach and I managed to do 18 miles thanks to another reviewer’s expert advice. Do yourself a favor and check it out. It was so easy to follow signage from Lewes public libretto to downtown Rehoboth and then back up through Henlopen acres through Gordon’s Pond and up Rt. 9 to Lewes again. Flat terrain, some shade and incredible views. Make sure you leave time for a stop at Whiskey Beach. It’s gorgeous!
Written August 4, 2022
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Rebecca T
32 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
Beautiful trail. Wide, scenic, and safe. You can ride for hours and see so much. The trail connects several communities and you can shop in the towns it joins. It’s pretty flat so it’s a leisurely ride.
Written July 23, 2021
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mekopp
Middletown, DE1,979 contributions
Aug 2021
.....but I don't have to because I live 10 miles from several trailheads. The Junction Breakwater trail is part of a trail system that connects Lewes to Rehoboth Beach Delaware. The only way to really understand this trail system is to just do it yourself because it's hard to get a clear description of where it starts, ends, and connects. I've decided that the easiest way to pick up the trail is park at the Lewes, Delaware public library. There is a big parking lot there and it's a starting point for the Lewes-Georgetown Trail and the JBT. Head north from the library on the Lewes - Georgetown trail to the Lewes canal. It is a very brief ride. Turn right at the canal and you will see the access to the JBT start.

JBT starts as a paved trail and runs in and out of several communities. It integrates well with the landscape and is reasonably well marked. It is 5.8 miles from this access to Rehoboth. After you ride through several communities in Lewes the trail becomes a very fine gravel trail. I would not be comfortable riding my racing bike on this section, but it's totally appropriate for all other types of bikes. This is an amazing section which is very scenic and nicely wooded. It does cross several roads before reaching Rehoboth, but I have never had trouble crossing any of these roads. There are two exit points along the trail - both go to trail heads. I have not visited these trailheads so I can't comment other than to say they access points are well marked.

The trail ends on Hebron Rd in Rehoboth. You could turn around here and ride back, but why? If you follow the bike lane from Hebron Rd you will end up in Rehoboth proper. You can continue to follow a well marked asphalt trail that runs right next to the Rehoboth Beach traffic, but only for a brief period of time. Make a left at the Rehoboth Beach visit center and before you know it you are in Henlopen acres. Ride the residential streets here and through North Beach and you will find yourself in the Rehoboth Cape Henlopen state park area. There is no charge to ride your bike into the state park.

There is a nice pavilion at the end of the parking lot where you can take a break because if you've followed these instructions than you have ridden about 10 miles. After your break you can access the Gordon Pond Trail. From the access to the Gordon Pond Trail to the Cape May Lewes Ferry it is about 5.2 miles. The Gordon Pond trail is lovely and quite scenic. It ends at the other side of the Cape Henlopen State Park. There are several bike loops here in the state park. One trail goes to Fort Miles. I recommend this trail for pretty views of the Atlantic Ocean. Another trail goes into the Camp Ground.

The trail system in this part of the state park is not that well marked, but no matter where you go you should be able to exit the park on the same road where the Cape May Lewes Ferry is located. If you are looking for a longer ride you can explore the other trails in Cape Henlopen state park.

Once you exit the park there is a connector trail which takes you past the ferry and to route 9. You can continue to follow this connector trail into the historic section of Lewes. However, be alert that the trail actually ends abruptly in town and you will have to ride in traffic back to the library. On the other hand, you can make a left on Rt 9, go over the bridge that crosses the canal, and end up back at the Lewes Library. Rt 9 has a nice, wide shoulder. This is about a 18 or 19 mile ride total.

I hope this description helps someone is wants to explore this loop. If you want to make you ride longer the Lewes-Georgetown trail heads west about 5.5 miles. Enjoy!
Written August 16, 2021
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bestcyclegirl
Washingtonville, NY26 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
I traveled this once by bike and loved but have been unable to
find the bike trail connection signs!
Written July 24, 2018
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ToooTallTony
Morristown, NJ36 contributions
Jul 2014 • Solo
It's great that they have opened this trail in recent years and have kept it maintained beautifully! It's about a 20 min ride each way and it's mostly shaded so even on a hot day it's not a bad ride!
Written July 14, 2014
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Annabel V
New York City, NY17 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
BIKE RENTAL: We rented two bikes at Atlantic Cycles (1 Virginia Avenue) which is located on the boardwalk at Rehoboth Beach and has a 2nd rental shop along the bike route in Lewes. The cost was $16 each (approximately 1/2 day-7am to 5pm. ). The rental included helmet, lock, bell and basket ( if you'd like-although not many of these were available at the time we rented). They also provided a free map of the trail which was helpful. I would recommend renting a bike with gears (ours had 3) as it was useful on a handful of sections. One of my biggest pet peeves about bike riding are the uncomfortably small seats. The seats were a standard size (wider than those used by avid cyclists) and were gelled which made for a better ride. Although I wished they offered larger seat cushions, the discomfort after about an hour was completely bearable. The service was great. My seat was adjusted to my liking and they walked us through the map and indicated points of interest.
WEATHER: this is purely preference I guess but we rented during the Memorial day weekend and decided to rent the bikes on the least hottest day (low 62 and high 85). We have done other trails where we have been completely miserable because of the unbearable heat and humidity. We left around 9am and were back by 1:30). Although it was a warm day there was a nice breeze and plenty of shade along the route which made it a very enjoyable ride.
THE TRAIL: Although most of the trail was flat, there were some sections that were slightly elevated. It is about a 15 to 18 mile loop. There were about 2 or 3 intersections that were not clearly marked but they do have a few maps along the way which indicate your location along the trail and we stopped to ask a couple of times to make certain we were on the right path. We began to pay closer attention not only to the trail markers along the way but some of the other signs we saw as some of the names of the different campsites and points of interest were located on the map we got from the bike shop. My husband and I do not lead an active life style. I would say we are somewhere between average to below average in terms of activity and we were able to complete the entire loop comfortably with a handful of very brief stops. It was a beautiful trail with various topography which included beach, open marshes and dense wooded areas. It took us about 1.5 hours to get to Lewes and another 1.5 to get back to Rehoboth going at a brisk pace. We stopped at Lewes for about an hour to get some coffee and visit some of the local shops.
It's also worth mentioning that you can only bike on the Rehoboth boardwalk from sunrise to 10am. We walked the entire boardwalk from end to end so on bike it may take about 15 minutes or less to ride the whole strip and it would be a nice way to start your day before heading to the trail since it is along the same route.
Written May 28, 2019
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mrdcs1
Washington DC, DC153 contributions
Dec 2011 • Friends
This trail is directly behind my townhouse. I use it all the time to go running or cycling. It is a great way to bike over to Lewes for lunch or shopping from Rehoboth - or vice versa. And what a nice way to avoid the outlet center traffic on Route 1!
Written January 13, 2012
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Rehoboth5
Helena, MT500 contributions
Aug 2011 • Couples
Stretching between historic Lewes and more beach-y Rehoboth, this trail offers cyclists and walkers a great experience. Unfortunately, the ends of the trail can be hard to find. In Rehoboth, you have to navigate through West Rehoboth (a sometimes-worn low income area) to find the southern trailhead. On the Lewes side, you have to ride along a busy two-lane road for almost a mile and cut through a subdivision to get to the northern trailhead. But once you're on the trail, it's excellent. The surface is fine gravel, and wide. The trail passes through thick forest, across wetlands (on boardwalks) and through farm fields. On a hot summer day, be sure to do your cycling early. The grade is essentially flat. Distance from Rehoboth to Lewes is about six miles. During the summer, we hit the trail in Rehoboth by 8, eat breakfast in Lewes, then cycle back before noon (thus beating the heat). Security-wise, there appear to be few risks. Here and there, the trail crosses roads. And at a couple of places you can take a side track to nearby shopping areas. But mostly, the trail is natural and rural. Great for adults, teens and more athletic youngsters. Built largely on an old railroad grade, the trail provides a great outlet for active vacationers.
Written December 10, 2011
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kirrabob
Honolulu, HI174 contributions
Dec 2011 • Friends
This hidden gem is part of the Delaware bike trail system. Whether Summer or Winter it's a wonderful place to ride your bike from Rehoboth Beach to Lewes. Riders are fairly respectful of walkers on the trail, but there are always those bikers that try to mow you down. At the Lewes end of the trail (Hawkseye Subdivision) dumps you onto Gills Neck Road, but hang a right and follow the road to downtown Lewes. This part is not a trail, but rather sharing the lane with cars. If you have little ones riding with you, you might want to not go further.
Written December 31, 2011
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