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Trap Pond
State Park

33587 Baldcypress Lane
Laurel, DE 19956
(302) 875-5153

(302) 875-2392

Baldcypress Nature Center:
(302) 875-5163

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Delaware's Cypress Swamp


Freshwater wetlands once covered a large portion of southwestern Sussex County. Trap Pond State Park retains a part of the swamp's original beauty and mystery, and features the northernmost natural stand of baldcypress trees in the United States. The pond was created in the late 1700s to power a sawmill during the harvest of large baldcypress from the area. The Federal Government later purchased the pond and surrounding farmland during the 1930s and the Civilian Conservation Corps began to develop the area for recreation. Trap Pond became one of Delaware's first state parks in 1951.

Visitors have many opportunities to explore the natural beauty of the wetland forest. Hiking trails surround the pond, providing opportunities to glimpse native animal species and many flowering plants. Birdwatching is a popular activity and the observant hiker may spot a Great Blue Heron, owl, hummingbird, warbler, Bald Eagle or the elusive Pileated Woodpecker.

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Inside Trap Pond's Camp Store

Camping Supplies • Fishing Supplies • Clothing and souvenirs • Mini-General Store with groceries, ice cream, personal items, snacks and more!

Boating and Fishing

Kayaking at Trap PondBoating among the baldcypress is a favorite pastime at the park. Rowboats, pedal boats, surf bikes, canoes and kayaks can be rented during the summer season, and the park interpreter hosts narrated pontoon boat tours on weekends and holidays, from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. A boat launching ramp can accommodate small motorized boats for fishing or scenic excursions. Anglers on the water or shore may land largemouth bass, pickerel, crappie, and bluegills. One of the streams that flows into Trap Pond has been marked as a wilderness canoe trail for those who wish to explore the swamp's interior.


Playground at Trap PondIn addition to the natural attractions, the park offers a variety of recreational activities. Experience the wonders of southern woodlands along the 4.9-mile Boundary Trail that skirts the park’s 90-acre pond. The Baldcypress Nature Center features a variety of displays and programs that will enhance any visit to the park. Picnic areas overlook the pond and three pavilions may be reserved for group events. Volleyball courts and horseshoe pits encourage active competition among friends, and children will enjoy the playground complex.

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