Southern Delaware Outdoor Adventures: Life is more good-natured here! June 20, 2019 by Tina Coleman Southern Delaware is the perfect playground for outdoor adventurers. The natural beauty of the area is captivating. Our ocean beaches have consistently achieved 5 star ratings from Natural Resources Defense Council. In fact, our water quality has taken first place over the 29 other coastal states in the U.S. in multiple consecutive years. We sparkle! Surfing, skimboarding – Dewey Beach hosts the Zap Amateur World Championships of Skimboarding every year – beach sports and, of course, sunbathing are high on the list of activities for visitors. The jewel in the crown of Sussex County, though, is Cape Henlopen State Park. The park offers miles of beautiful hiking/biking trails that meander through coastal marshes, pine forests, and along ocean beaches. You’ll find a fishing pier, Frisbee golf, campgrounds, a nature center, cycling, hiking, and many other activities and events too. And don’t miss the scenic Gordons Pond trail that connects Rehoboth Beach with Lewes! This trail can’t be beat for pure, unspoiled coastal beauty. Trap Pond State Park, also with many beautiful trails, is a wetland forest and home to the northernmost natural stand of bald cypress trees in the United States. Have you ever taken a pontoon boat tour of a cypress swamp? At night? You can do that here in Southern Delaware! Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge is a huge draw for hikers, photographers, and birders – we’re right smack in the middle of the Atlantic Flyway, so the birding is phenomenal here. The Nanticoke River in western Sussex County – the most pristine tributary of the Chesapeake Bay – provides countless opportunities for recreation and sightseeing too. Love boating, sailing, kayaking, parasailing, skydiving, kiteboarding, stand up paddleboarding, hiking, and biking? You’ll find all of that – and more – right here. Visit us and become acquainted with our beautiful state parks and 26 miles of 5 Star ocean beaches. Explore our inland bays and bay islands, tidal marshes, and rivers. Learn how to surf fish; enjoy a pontoon boat Eco Tour; attend a lantern tour of the historic Indian River Life Saving Station; view a reenactment at Fort Miles, the WWII fort that’s been transformed into an indoor-outdoor museum in Cape Henlopen State Park; take a walking tour of historic downtown Lewes; play a round of golf (or miniature golf!), or paddle out to an uninhabited bay island. There are outdoor adventures waiting year round for visitors of every age and level of ability in Southern Delaware. Find your next adventure at www.VisitSouthernDelaware.com.