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Sun Jan 1 Hike in South Mt Reservation 7mi Milburn NJ
Jan 1 - 15 FreeWalkers New Year's Challenge ?? Virtual
Sat Jan 14 Delaware Canal Training Loop 10-35mi Trenton NJ to New Hope PA
Sat Jan 21 Union County Olmsted Parks Walk 12.5mi Cranford to Union NJ
Sun Jan 29 Training Walk 14mi Maplewood to Morristown NJ
Sat Feb 4 FreeWalkers Kennedy50 50mi Potomac MD to Harpers Ferry WV
Sat Feb 18 Princeton Loop Tour 10mi Princeton NJ
Sat Feb 25 Jersey City Mural Art Walk part 1 16mi Exchange Place Jersey City
Sat Mar 4 FreeWalking with Stiles 23-26mi Trenton to Wash Crossing NJ
Sat Mar 11 Jersey City Mural Art Walk part 2 17mi Journal Square Jersey City
Sat Mar 18 Spring Ahead Walk (XNJ) 13-40mi Trenton NJ to Princeton/New Brunswick
Sat Mar 25 Forgotten D&R Canal section and Raritan River 14mi New Brunswick NJ
Sun Mar 26 Great Staten Island Loop 19mi Jersey City NJ via Staten Island
Sat Apr 1 Allaire Village Shore Walk 18mi Manasquan NJ to Allaire
Sun Apr 2 Crescent Trail Meander to the National Zoo 14-18mi Bethesda MD
Sat Apr 8 Columbia Trail Hike 12mi Califon to High Bridge NJ
Sat Apr 15 Great Canal Walk (XNJ) 28mi Princeton to New Brunswick NJ
Sat Apr 22 Celebrate Trails Day 4-7mi Cranford to Kenilworth NJ
Sun Apr 23 Roosevelt Island Loop 10-14mi Manhattan to Astoria Queens
Sat May 13 Kruimer Walk (XNJ) 13mi New Brunswick to Metropark NJ
Sat May 20 The Big Walk 2022 (XNJ) 50mi MetroPark NJ to Manhattan
Sun May 21 East Coast Greenway to Old Town Alexandria 20mi College Park MD to to Alexandria VA
Sat May 27 Philly Freedom Tour 11-15mi Philadelphia
Sat Jun 3 Hudson River Loop Walk 30mi Jersey City via GWB and Manhattan
Sun Jun 4 Baltimore Inner Harbor FreeWalk 12-16mi Baltimore MD
Sat Jun 17 Brooklyn: A Place Like No Other 12mi Manhattan to Brooklyn
Sat Jun 24 Sandy Hook Hike 16mi Highlands NJ
Sat Jul 1 Old Croton Aqueduct Hike 43mi Croton-on-Hudson NY to Manhattan
Sat Jul 8 Montauk Lighthouse Walk 15mi Montuak, Long Island
Sat Jul 15 Lawrenceville Hopewell Trail 12-32mi Trenton to Lawrenceville NJ
Sat Jul 29 Wissahickon Trolley Trek 20mi Chestnut Hill PA to Philly
Sun Jul 30 Jockey Hollow Morris County Ramble 8mi Morristown NJ
Sat Aug 5 Croton Dam Loop: The Hard Way 14mi Ossining NY
Sat Aug 12 FreeWalkers Getaway:Bucks County 23-28mi Trenton NJ to Warminster PA
Sun Aug 13 FreeWalkers Getaway:Pennypack Trail 16-23mi Warminster to Holmesburg PA
Sat Aug 19 Greenbelt Walk: Staten Island (XNJ) 23-26mi Elizabeth NJ to Manhattan
Sat Aug 26 Long Haul: Schuylkill Trail 40-62mi Reading to Philadelphia PA
Sat Sep 9 Down the Shore: Wildwood 16mi Wildwood to Sea Isle City NJ
Sun Sep 10 Down the Shore: Ocean City 13mi Sea Isle City to Ocean City NJ
Sat Sep 16 South Jersey River Walk 18mi Burlington to Palmyra NJ
Sat Sep 23 Endless Summer Walk 30mi Matawan to Asbury Park NJ
Sat Sep 30 Bronx Coast to Coast Walk 18mi Bronx NY
Sun Oct 1 Philly Mural Tour 9mi Love Park, Philadelphia
Sun Oct 1 East Coast Greenway to Mount Vernon 20mi Alexandria to Mount Vernon VA
Sun Oct 8 Following Franklin's Footsteps 3-16mi Bordentown to Burlington NJ, Philadelphia
Sat Oct 14 Bristol Stomp! 18mi Bristol PA to Trenton NJ
Sat Oct 21 Jockey Hollow Morris County Ramble 8mi Morristown NJ
Sun Oct 22 Bethesda Kensington Antique Row Loop 13mi Bethesda to Kensington MD
Sat Oct 28 Bronx River Tibbetts Brook Walk 14.5mi Bronx to White Plains NY
Sat Nov 4 FreeWalkers Marathon -- Philadelphia 13-26mi Philly to Chestnut Hill PA
Sat Nov 11 Brandywine Winterthur Walk 15-22mi Wilmington to Brandywine DE
Sat Nov 18 WawaWalk 14mi Swarthmore to Wawa PA
Fri Nov 24 Gobble Gobble Hike 7mi South Mountain, Maplewood NJ
Sat Dec 2 Winter Hudson River Loop Walk 30mi Jersey City via GWB and Manhattan
Sat Dec 9 Philly Christmas Walk 10mi Love Park, Philadelphia
Sun Dec 10 Winter C&O Canal Walk 10-23mi Potomac MD
Sat Dec 30 Battle of Trenton March 4-12mi Wash Crossing PA to Trenton NJ


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Nature and history abound in the first town in the first state in America

8:30 departure from Cape May NJ, for those taking the ferry

12-16 mile walk begins at 10am.

Start the longest day of the year ferrying on the beautiful Cape May-Lewes Ferry to experience the first town in the first state! We will travel the Maritime History Trail, enjoy the wildlife of Cape Henlopen Park, visit the oldest building in Delaware, and gain a sense of what life was like for early colonial settlers.

Upon disembarking the ferry, we meet at the ferry terminal and walk less than a mile to Cape Henlopen Park. Once in the park, we walk to World War II's Fort Miles and museum. Exiting Cape Henlopen Park, we walk approximately two miles into historic downtown Lewes, where you can follow the Historic Lewes Greenway signs to its many historically significant sites. If you are partial to the beach -- now get this -- the beach is only blocks away! Bathrooms and food trucks are available at the beach. Restaurants, ice cream stores, antique stores and more await you in town.

Note: It is unlawful to smoke in the city's parks, playgrounds and municipal beaches.
Ferry info: 17-mile, 85 minute cruise

Ferry schedule and fares:
Depart: 8:30 a.m. sharp via Cape May-Lewes ferry

Arrival instructions: Meet at Lewes Ferry terminal front door after disembarking. Terminal has restorooms and snack bar.

Return: 5:15 p.m. via Lewes-Cape May ferry

Parking: Parking is free at the Cape May ferry terminal. You do not need to bring your car on the ferry for this walk. Cape May Ferry terminal: 1200 Lincoln Blvd., North Cape May, NJ 08204. GPS: 38.968719, -74.959717.


Terrain: Concrete streets and sidewalks. Be advised that ticks are present on hiking trails, if you wish to explore them at your own discretion.

Provisions: Bring water and snacks for the first part into Cape Henlopen Park. There are numerous places to buy drinks, snacks and lunch once in town.

Points of interest:

- Cape Henlopen Park
- Maritime History Trail
- St. Peter's Episcopal Church,
- Lewes Historical Society Visitor Center
- Dodd's Corner
- Ryves Holt House
- Rowland House
- Colonial Lewes Arsenal Site
- Original Old Bethel Church
- Hiram Rodney Burton House
- Fisherman's Cottage
- Lewes Museum store
- Zwaanendael Museum

Tour notes:

St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 2nd St. (placed on National Historic Registry 1977)

Lewes Historical Society Visitor Center, 2nd St. at Shipcarpenter St.

Dodd's Corner, 135 2nd St. Look for Agave's restaurant sign which directs you to a late 19th century section of concrete that still reads "Doctor".

Ryves Holt House c.1665, the oldest building standing in the state of Delaware, 218 2nd St.

Rowland House c.1740, 229 2nd St.

Colonial Lewes Arsenal Site c.1740, 241 2nd St.

Original Old Bethel Church c.1790, 214 Mulberry St. Notice the Dutch shoe planters on the West side window.

Hiram Rodney Burton House, Shipcarpenter at 2nd St. H.R. Burton, 1841-1927, was an American physician and politician who served two terms as U.S. Representative from Delaware. The land upon which this house stands was acquired in 1675 and the oldest portion of the current structure dates back to 1720.

Fisherman's Cottage c.1720, W. 3rd at Shipcarpenter St. Original structure flooring made with salvaged shipwrecks. Moved from canal to 3rd St. in 1900, and currently a private residence since 1996.
Lewes Museum store, 302 Savannah Rd (corner of 3rd St)

Zwaanendael Museum, 102 Kings Highway, tells the story of the Zwaanendael, Dutch immigrants to Delaware in the early 17th century. The museum building replicates the town hall of the Dutch city of Hoorn. Exhibits display the life of the first settlers and local Lewes history.

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  • Points of Interest and Tour notes are from the 2018 walk. This year we will walk to Rehoboth where a bustling historic beach town awaits you.

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