Delaware Seashore State Park
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Introduction

If you are looking for a vacation on a sunny beach surrounded by glistening water, Delaware Seashore State Park should be on your list. As you drive your rig across this barrier island via the coastal highway you will enjoy sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean, Rehoboth Bay, and Indian River Bay from your RV window. The park’s 2,825 acres include six miles of pristine ocean and bay shoreline to explore, with plenty of room for waterfront fun.

Delaware Seashore State Park has something for everyone. Gentle rolling dunes, miles of beachfront fun, peaceful nature trails, and inland bays perfect for watersports. Located on what was once a constantly shifting barrier island, transportation to the area was historically difficult until the federal government stabilized the Indian River Inlet in 1939 by constructing large iron and stone jetties. The State Park officially opened in 1965 and its Visitor Center welcomes travelers from a restored Life-Saving Station that was built in 1876.

If you’re visiting in July, consider competing in the popular amateur Sandcastle Competition hosted by the park. Whether you prefer the relaxing on the beach or paddling around the bay, Delaware Seashore State Park is the perfect seaside getaway during your RV adventure.

RV Rentals in Delaware Seashore State Park

Transportation in Delaware Seashore State Park

Driving

Located in Sussex County, southern Delaware, Delaware Seashore State Park is easily accessible from the neighboring East Coast states of Maryland and Pennsylvania. If you’re coming from the North, consider traveling through New Jersey and take your RV for a ride on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry to get to Delaware.

Parking

Plenty of parking is available and clearly noted on park maps. You should have no problem parking your RV at the day use areas and attractions inside the park.

Public Transport

Campgrounds and parking in Delaware Seashore State Park

Campsites in Delaware Seashore State Park

Reservations camping

North Inlet Campground

The North Inlet Campground has 88 full hookup RV campsites that can accommodate RVs up to 45 feet in length. Campsites also feature picnic tables, with bathhouses, laundry facilities and a playground on the campground. The North Inlet Campground is situated next to the US Coast Guard station and a short 150 yard walk to the ocean. Reservations may be made up to one year in advance.

South Inlet Campground

The South Inlet Campground has 151 full hookup RV campsites, 86 standard (no hook-up) sites and 33 tent-only sites available. Trailers up to 45 feet in length are permitted. Picnic tables are available, with bathhouses and laundry facilities in the campground. The South Inlet Campground also has a playground and a seasonal Camp Store. This campground is a 500 yard walk to the ocean. Reservations may be made up to one year in advance.

First-come first-served

First-Come First-Served

There are no First-Come First-Served campgrounds in Delaware Seashore State Park.

Alternate camping

Private Campgrounds

If you’d prefer to park your RV or trailer in a private campground a bit further inland, there are plenty of options to choose from surrounding the bay. These campgrounds offer a range of amenities such as cabins, swimming pools, laundry facilities, and on-site entertainment.

Cottages

The Cottages at Indian River Marina are located on the North Shore of the Indian River Inlet, inside Delaware Seashore State Park. Each of the 12 two-bedroom cottages feature a loft, full kitchen, satellite TV, gas fireplace and furnished screen porch.

Seasonal activities in Delaware Seashore State Park

In-Season

Beach Recreation

Don’t forget your bathing suit in the RV, because there are two life-guarded ocean swimming areas to take a dip in. Modern bath houses and changing rooms are available, as well as one of the few designated areas in the state for surfing. You’ll love throwing a frisbee around on the beach, surfing the waves, and getting a tan on the Delaware beach!

Kayak & Sailing

If you are interested in coasting on the waves during your RV stay in Delaware, you are in luck. This is a prime destination for all sorts of non-motorized boating. Launch areas are available off the bay for sailboats, canoes, and kayaks.

Fishing

Pack your fishing gear in your rig if you want to have the chance to hook a prize on your road trip to Delaware Seashore State Park. Permit fishing is available off the banks of Indian River and popular drive-on surf-fishing is permitted on the ocean beaches. There is a fish cleaning station available near the Park Office.

Boating

If you love taking your motorized boat on RV trips, this is the prime spot for you! Boaters can take advantage of the onsite Marina which offers charter boats, wet slips, and equipment for all your boating needs. Boat ramps are available off the Bay shore. Clamming and crabbing is allowed in designated areas of the bays.

Picnicking

A picnic pavilion is available on a first-come, first-served basis with no rental fee. There are picnic tables and grill-tops available in two different areas of the park. Gas or charcoal grills are also permitted at designated areas of the beach. You’ll love enjoy a quiet picnic off the coast with beautiful ocean views on your RV vacation.

Off-Season

Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum

If you are a history buff you’ll love the amazing museum you can visit during your RV trip to Delaware. Take a trip back in time and visit the fully-restored Life-Saving Station and Museum, originally built in 1876. Learn about the rescue techniques and maritime shipwreck history of yesteryear through interesting exhibits and historic demonstrations.

Cultural & Nature Programs

The Museum doubles as the Park’s Visitor Center, and offers a variety of historic and ecological tours and year-round programming, including evening lantern walks. This means you can enjoy thrilling tours, speakers, and events during the off season. There is always loads of adventure to enjoy no matter what time of year you visit the park with your RV.

Bird Watching

Observe the birds of the Delaware seashore throughout the seasons. The geographic location of the park is directly in the flight path of many species, such as woodpeckers, pelicans, swallows, loons, herons and falcons. You’ll want a copy of the Delaware Seashore State Park Birding Checklist, available online, to keep track of your bird sightings.

Hiking & Biking

Six family-friendly trails are available for hiking and biking. There are two nature preserves available to view salt marsh and island habitats. The Prickly Pear Trail is a 3.5 mile loop that is perfect for exploring the Park’s Fresh Pond with views of the Indian River Bay. Several of the trails are handicap accessible.

Horseback riding

If you are an avid equestrian, you will love an RV escape to Delaware Seashore State Park. Horseback riding is permitted on designated equestrian trails and roads of the park. Horseback riding is also allowed on the beach during January and February. Horse trailer parking is available near these areas.

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