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DATEWALKMILESLOCATION
Sat Jan 1First FreeWalkers Hike 20228miMillburn NJ
Sat Jan 22Union County Olmsted Parks Walk12.5miCranford to Union NJ
Sat Feb 5Princeton Loop10miPrinceton, NJ
Feb 9 - 21Kennedy50 Community Walk50miMultiple locations
Sun Mar 13TRAINing Walk12.5miMadison to South Orange NJ
Sat Mar 19Spring Ahead Walk (XNJ)13miTrenton to Princeton NJ
Sun Mar 27Great Staten Island Loop19miJersey City NJ via Staten Island
Sat Apr 2Jockey Hollow Morris County Ramble8-10miMorristown NJ
Sat Apr 9Great Canal Walk (XNJ)28-40miPrinceton to New Brunswick NJ
Sat Apr 16Roosevelt Island Astoria Walk10-14miManhattan to Astoria Queens
Apr 23-24Old Town Alexandria Greenway Walk40miAlexandria, VA
Sat Apr 30Sandy Hook Hike16miHighlands NJ
Sat May 735th Great Saunter32miManhattan perimeter loop
Sat May 14Kruimer Walk (XNJ)13miNew Brunswick to Metropark NJ
Sat May 21The Big Walk 2022 (XNJ)50miMetroPark NJ to Manhattan
Sat May 28Philly Freedom Tour11-15miPhiladelphia
Sat Jun 4Hudson River Loop Walk30miJersey City via GWB and Manhattan
Sat Jun 11Roebling Ramble14miRoebling to Trenton NJ
Sat Jun 18Lenape34: The Origins Walk34miMillburn to Newark NJ
Sat Jun 25Duke Farms Walk15miBound Brook to Somerville NJ
Mon Jul 4Walk Fourth7miPhiladelphia
Sat Jul 16Pennypack Trail Walk25miHolmesburg to Warminster PA
Sat Jul 23Governor's Island Loop12miWTC via ferry and Brooklyn
Sat Aug 6Inner Harbor FreeWalk12-15miBaltimore
Sat Aug 20Wissahickon Weekend: Fairmount22miPhiladephia to Fort Washington PA
Sun Aug 21Wissahickon Weekend: Bucks County22miFort Washington to Doylestown PA
Sat Sep 10Down the Shore: Seaside20miAsbury Park to Seaside Heights NJ
Sun Sep 11Down the Shore: Island Beach18miSeaside Heights NJ
Sat Sep 17Bronx Coast to Coast Walk18miBronx NY
Sat Sep 24The Endless Summer Walk30miMatawan to Asbury Park NJ
Sat Oct 1South Jersey River Walk18miBurlington to Palmyra NJ
Sun Oct 2Jockey Hollow Morris County Hike5-10miMorristown NJ
Sat Oct 8Bristol Stomp!18miBristol PA to Trenton NJ
Sun Oct 9Allaire Village Shore Walk18miManasquan NJ to Allaire
Sat Oct 15Bronx River Tibbetts Brook Walk14.5miBronx to White Plains NY
Sat Oct 22Grounds For Sculpture Walk16miPrinceton Jct to Hamilton NJ
Sat Oct 22Bethesda to Kensington Loop12miBethesda to Kensington MD
Sun Oct 30Washington Crossing History Walk20miTrenton to Lambertville NJ
Sat Nov 5FreeWalkers Marathon -- Philadelphia13-26miPhilly to Chestnut Hill PA
Sat Nov 12Cooper River Walk15-30miPhilly to Lindenwold NJ
Fri Nov 25Gobble Gobble Hike7miSouth Mountain, Maplewood NJ
Sat Dec 3Winter Hudson River Loop Walk30miJersey City via GWB and Manhattan
Sat Dec 10Philly Christmas Walk10miLove Park, Philadelphia
Sat Dec 31Battle of Trenton March5-13miWash Crossing PA to Trenton NJ
Sat Feb 4FreeWalkers Kennedy5050miPotomac MD to Harpers Ferry WV


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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.
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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.

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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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