We had booked four nights at this campground in June, but we ended up leaving after only two nights.
The campsites are tiny and very close together, which we knew, so we reserved one along the outer edge. It was larger and afforded a bit more privacy, which was nice, though we still were close enough to converse with our neighbors (who were very nice!) without raising our voices. The site itself was adequate and had enough space for what we had.
There's no real feeling of being "away from it all" or "in the wilderness." Lots of noise, lots of kids, lots of traffic, and campsites very close to the road.
The beach is quite pretty to look at, and the water was refreshing. Unfortunately, we went during greenhead season (our fault for lack of research, I suppose), so we couldn't stay more than a few minutes. Bug repellant does nothing to deter the biting flies, and we were chewed up, stung, and bloody. My wife also got stung by a jellyfish, which was obviously not the campground's fault, but didn't help the overall experience!
After our initial trip to the beach -- which was the main reason we chose this campground -- we resigned ourselves to the fact that beach-lounging was going to be impossible, due to the bugs. We thought it would be safe to take our coffee down to the beach in the morning (and on the way down, we encountered some lovely wildlife!) to catch the sunrise, staying off the sand... well, the sunrise was pretty, but as soon as the sun came up, the greenheads were out, and we weren't even safe from them standing near the beach, not even on it. They literally followed us back to our campsite, where we had had no issue with them previously. That, combined with the fact that we couldn't even feel comfortable being up before dawn to make our coffee, due to our proximity to our neighbors and fear of waking them, was enough to make us call it quits.
The bathrooms were also absolutely disgusting, even by campground standards.
We packed up on our second morning and left.
I called the office as we were leaving and told them the situation. I was assured we would be refunded our remaining two nights, as we left before checkout time. Numerous phone calls later, this never happened, and I was told by everyone else that I spoke with that there was a "no refund" policy. Fine, but the first person I spoke with probably should have told me this.
Overall, it had potential -- there's a lot of history there, and it was neat to look at and quite unique. The beach could've been nice, were it not for the biting flies. When you get away from the actual sites, there's some wildlife to enjoy.
I wouldn't come back. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone else, at least not during this time of year.
Might be okay for a day trip.
- Also Known As:
- Cape Henlopen State Park Campground Hotel Lewes