CHSP: One Of 20 Stunning State Parks! -USA Today

At one of 20 stunning state parks in the USA, bikers, runners, walkers and politicians met for the official opening of the new Gordons Pond Trail

This new 3+ mile trail at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes, connects Herring Point in Cape Henlopen State Park to North Rehoboth Beach’s Gordons Pond area.

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Governor Markel: “It doesn’t get any better than this!”

“Through innovative design and the superb construction, this single trail is very well marked with views, vistas and outstanding transitions between the ecosystems including incredible wildlife,” said DNREC’s Colin O’Mara.

Governor Markel said of this new trail, “It doesn’t get any better than this!” But it did. He then announced that a just published article in USA Today places Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes, Delaware as one of the 20 most stunning state parks in the United States.

This news is great for Delaware’s economy as that according to the National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD), each year more than 720 million Americans visit state parks and generate more than $20 billion in revenue for local communities.”

The return on this investment will be 10 fold,” said DNREC’s Colin O’Mara.

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Linda Gaskill of Friends Of Cape Henlopen State Park pledged the organization will continue keeping CHSP the Jewel of Delaware State Parks.

Delaware State Senator Ernie Lopez, Former DE Governor Ruth Ann Minner and Rep Pete Swartzkopf were in the house for the opening.

Delaware State Senator Ernie Lopez, Former DE Governor Ruth Ann Minner and Rep Pete Swartzkopf were in the house for the opening.

The article titled, 20 stunning state parks across the USA was compiled by Katie Rosenbrock and Diana Gerstacker at TheActiveTimes.com. “This list of noteworthy state parks was compiled by the people who know them best: the directors and managers whose job it is to run and maintain them.”

The description of CHSP reads, “Swimming, hiking, biking and an 18-hole disc golf course — what more could you ask for in a park? How about some American history? Cape Henlopen has seen it all: Native American communities, WWII bunkers and towers, Cold War preparations, and even pirates. Visit this versatile state park for six miles of beach that dips into the Atlantic, a WWII Observation tower with 360-degree views and convenient saltwater fishing.”  read about Delaware’s parks here, destateparks.com.

“There are more than 7,500 state parks plotted across the U.S., all of which feature attractions that reach beyond your typical interpretation of a picturesque park. While The Active Times couldn’t include a park from every single state, we’re still confident that we’ve painted a quality picture that highlights a good deal of our country’s best state parks. CLICK HERE to read the entire USA Today article or COPY and PASTE the following link into your browser. http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/2014/06/17/state-parks/10627119/

TO READ THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE, click here 36 stunning U.S. state parks or COPY and PASTE the following link into your browser http://www.theactivetimes.com/36-stunning-us-state-parks/