Man Banned From Park for Building Illegal Bike Trail

Delaware officials say a Rehoboth Beach man has been banned from state parks for a year and fined more than $1,000 for building an illegal three-mile bike trail at Cape Henlopen State Park.

Natural Resources Police announced Thursday that 51-year-old Jeff Clayton pleaded guilty to illegal altering of park property, illegal use of a park area for activity other than intended and illegal removal, cutting, or injuring trees and shrubs.

Police say rangers found the single-track mountain bike trail with four rudimentary bridges near the Junction and Breakwater Trail within the park and social media posts about the trail led them to Clayton. Officials estimate that about two acres of natural area was disturbed to build the trail.

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