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KILLENS POND STATE PARK


About the Park

The centerpiece of Killens Pond State Park, conveniently located in central Delaware, is the 66-acre millpond, which was established in the late 1700s. Before the pond was created, the Murderkill River and surrounding hardwood forest were sites of several Native American homes and hunting camps. Killens Pond became a state park in 1965.

Fishing and Boating

boats at killens pond

The pond is home to largemouth bass, catfish, carp, perch, crappie, bluegills, and pickerel, all of which await the patient angler.* A convenient boat launching ramp is available, and canoes, kayaks, and pedal boats can be rented during the summer. Paddlers will also enjoy the park's water trail up the Murderkill River.

A fishing license required to fish in Delaware State Parks. Get info about fishing permits

Check prices or get more detailed info on how you can canoe, kayak, or paddle Killens Pond

Waterpark Thrills

The waterpark at Killens Pond State Park

Starting from 54 feet in the air, our two speed slides and two spiral slides with tunnels offer heart-pounding excitement for those who dare! The main pool's zero-depth entrance makes getting in and out easy, and smaller visitors will enjoy the tot pool and tot lot, featuring bubblers, ground water jets, small slides, and a pool-side waterplay system. A food concession and swim shop offer everything you need for a day full of waterpark fun. A separate per-person admission fee is charged at the waterpark. Visit our waterpark page

Camping and Cabins

The year-round wooded campground offers electric and water hookups, accommodating both tents and recreational vehicles, as well as a primitive walk-in camping loop for tents only. Family cabins sleep four and feature an efficiency kitchen with an eating area, bedroom, bath with shower, A/C, and heat. The roomier, deluxe Pond View Cottage has extra amenities and an outstanding view of the pond. Click for Camping Information

Recreational Activities

Hiking and biking trails and a cross-country running course wind through several types of habitat featuring native plants and animals. Game courts and ball fields satisfy the athlete, and an 18-hole disc golf course challenges players to test their skill with a flying disc. The park also features playground equipment and picnic areas, and four pavilions are available to reserve for larger group events. Educational and recreational programs are conducted throughout the year at the Killens Pond Nature Center, which also features a permanent exhibit of local reptiles and amphibians and is also available for meetings and private events. Rent the Killens Pond Nature Center

Nature Preserve

Fork Branch Nature Preserve – contains mature upland forest and is the second largest forest tract in the St. Jones River watershed and coastal plain pond wetlands. Barred owls nest in the mature floodplain forest (Barred owls are a species of conservation concern due to the little mature floodplain remaining in Delaware) and it is also home to a variety of migratory and resident birds including Red-shouldered Hawk, another species of conservation concern, Prothonotary Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, White-breasted Nuthatch and Pileated Woodpecker..

The preserve is located at the corner of Kenton and West Denneys roads, along the Maidstone Branch in the St. Jones River Watershed.

Amenities: Loop Trail (pedestrian only). Parking on site.

Acreage: 257 acres

Upcoming Events

Fall Foliage Hike

Sunday, October 21, 2018

1 p.m.

Enjoythe autumn scenes at Killens Pond on a relaxing hike. A park naturalist willexplain how and why the trees change color. Meet at the nature center.Free. For questions or to register please call 302-284-4299. IMPORTANT: Park fees are in place at this time. Be prepared to pay $4 for in state or $8 out of state to enter the park.

Add to Calendar 10/21/2018 1:00:00 PM 10/21/2018 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Fall Foliage Hike Enjoythe autumn scenes at Killens Pond on a relaxing hike. A park naturalist willexplain how and why the trees change color. Meet at the nature center.Free. For questions or to register please call 302-284-4299. IMPORTANT: Park fees are in place at this time. Be prepared to pay $4 for in state or $8 out of state to enter the park. Killens Pond State Park

Harvest Hayrides

Friday, October 26, 2018

6 p.m.

Startyour harvest weekend with a hayride though the meadow and forest of the park.Space is limited; pre-registration is required please call 302-284-4299. Meet at the campgroundamphitheater.$4per person IMPORTANT: Park fees are in place at this time. Be prepared to pay $4 for in state or $8 out of state to enter the park.

Add to Calendar 10/26/2018 6:00:00 PM 10/26/2018 7:00:00 PM America/New_York Harvest Hayrides Startyour harvest weekend with a hayride though the meadow and forest of the park.Space is limited; pre-registration is required please call 302-284-4299. Meet at the campgroundamphitheater.$4per person IMPORTANT: Park fees are in place at this time. Be prepared to pay $4 for in state or $8 out of state to enter the park. Killens Pond State Park

Harvest Hayrides

Friday, October 26, 2018

7 p.m.

$4 per person IMPORTANT: Park fees are in place at this time. Be prepared to pay $4 for in state or $8 out of state to enter the park.

Add to Calendar 10/26/2018 7:00:00 PM 10/26/2018 8:00:00 PM America/New_York Harvest Hayrides $4 per person IMPORTANT: Park fees are in place at this time. Be prepared to pay $4 for in state or $8 out of state to enter the park. Killens Pond State Park

Crackling Campfire

Friday, October 26, 2018

8 p.m.

Whodoesn’t like a good story around the fire? We will tell some fun stories whileyou enjoy a good sticky snack. Meet at the campground amphitheater. Weather Permitting. $2per person For questions or to register please call 302-284-4299. IMPORTANT: Park fees are in place at this time. Be prepared to pay $4 for in state or $8 out of state to enter the park.

Add to Calendar 10/26/2018 8:00:00 PM 10/26/2018 9:00:00 PM America/New_York Crackling Campfire Whodoesn’t like a good story around the fire? We will tell some fun stories whileyou enjoy a good sticky snack. Meet at the campground amphitheater. Weather Permitting. $2per person For questions or to register please call 302-284-4299. IMPORTANT: Park fees are in place at this time. Be prepared to pay $4 for in state or $8 out of state to enter the park. Killens Pond State Park

Scarecrow Making

Saturday, October 27, 2018

12 p.m.

Makeyour own scarecrow to decorate your yard or campsite! This event is hosted bythe Friends of Killens Pond. Bring any accessories to “doll” up your scarecrow(hat, scarf and more). Please reserve your scarecrow by calling (302) 284-4299.Meet at the campground pavilion.$5per scarecrow

Add to Calendar 10/27/2018 12:00:00 PM 10/27/2018 1:00:00 PM America/New_York Scarecrow Making Makeyour own scarecrow to decorate your yard or campsite! This event is hosted bythe Friends of Killens Pond. Bring any accessories to “doll” up your scarecrow(hat, scarf and more). Please reserve your scarecrow by calling (302) 284-4299.Meet at the campground pavilion.$5per scarecrow Killens Pond State Park

Pumpkin Carving

Saturday, October 27, 2018

1 p.m.

Tryout your spooky or friendly pumpkin carving skills. Directions, tools andcarving templates will be provided. Please reserve your pumpkins by calling(302) 284-4299. Meet at the campground pavilion.$5per pumpkin

Add to Calendar 10/27/2018 1:00:00 PM 10/27/2018 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Pumpkin Carving Tryout your spooky or friendly pumpkin carving skills. Directions, tools andcarving templates will be provided. Please reserve your pumpkins by calling(302) 284-4299. Meet at the campground pavilion.$5per pumpkin Killens Pond State Park

Hoot n' Howling Night Hike

Saturday, October 27, 2018

6:30 p.m.

Ourpark animals do more than hoot and howl! Join us on the trails for a night hikeand find out who is making all that noise in the forest after dark. Weather Permitting. Free For questions or to register please call 302-284-4299.IMPORTANT: Park fees are in place at this time. Be prepared to pay $4 for in state or $8 out of state to enter the park.

Add to Calendar 10/27/2018 6:30:00 PM 10/27/2018 7:30:00 PM America/New_York Hoot n' Howling Night Hike Ourpark animals do more than hoot and howl! Join us on the trails for a night hikeand find out who is making all that noise in the forest after dark. Weather Permitting. Free For questions or to register please call 302-284-4299.IMPORTANT: Park fees are in place at this time. Be prepared to pay $4 for in state or $8 out of state to enter the park. Killens Pond State Park

Harvest Havoc

Saturday, October 27, 2018

2 p.m.

Gatherup your family and friends and join us for some fun-for-all games andactivities. We will have harvest fall-themed games, hayrides, a take home craft andapple cider. $6 per person

Add to Calendar 10/27/2018 2:00:00 PM 10/27/2018 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Harvest Havoc Gatherup your family and friends and join us for some fun-for-all games andactivities. We will have harvest fall-themed games, hayrides, a take home craft andapple cider. $6 per person Killens Pond State Park

Fall Floral Design Class

Saturday, October 27, 2018

10 a.m.

Join us at the Nature Center once a month for a floral class taught by Wendy Aycoth, longtime designer/teacher. Fresh flowers will be provided for your Fall Fantasy, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas creations. To reserve your spot call the nature center at 302-284-4299. What to Bring for October 27th: Decorative Halloween picks, ghosts, pumpkins, witches A tall figurine (candle or bottle) needed to stand alongside the design A design bowl, oasis, and shears. $20 per class. Important: Park Entrance Fees are in place at this time. $4 for in state vehicles. $8 for out of state vehicles.

Add to Calendar America/New_York Fall Floral Design Class Join us at the Nature Center once a month for a floral class taught by Wendy Aycoth, longtime designer/teacher. Fresh flowers will be provided for your Fall Fantasy, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas creations. To reserve your spot call the nature center at 302-284-4299. What to Bring for October 27th: Decorative Halloween picks, ghosts, pumpkins, witches A tall figurine (candle or bottle) needed to stand alongside the design A design bowl, oasis, and shears. $20 per class. Important: Park Entrance Fees are in place at this time. $4 for in state vehicles. $8 for out of state vehicles. Killens Pond State Park

Wonders of the Wetlands

Saturday, November 3, 2018

11 a.m.

Meet a few live reptiles and amphibians and learn about the wetland ecosystem. Meet us at the nature center. Free For questions or to register please call 302-284-4299. IMPORTANT: Park fees are in place at this time. Be prepared to pay $4 for in state or $8 out of state to enter the park.

Add to Calendar 11/3/2018 11:00:00 AM 11/3/2018 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Wonders of the Wetlands Meet a few live reptiles and amphibians and learn about the wetland ecosystem. Meet us at the nature center. Free For questions or to register please call 302-284-4299. IMPORTANT: Park fees are in place at this time. Be prepared to pay $4 for in state or $8 out of state to enter the park. Killens Pond State Park

Night Time Hike

Saturday, November 3, 2018

6 p.m.

Meet at the Campground Amphitheater for a guided peaceful walk on the trail. The forest is a different place after the sun goes down; you never know what you may see. Hikes last about an hour. Weather Permitting. For questions or to register please call 302-284-4299. Free IMPORTANT: Park fees are in place at this time. Be prepared to pay $4 for in state or $8 out of state to enter the park.

Add to Calendar 11/3/2018 6:00:00 PM 11/3/2018 7:00:00 PM America/New_York Night Time Hike Meet at the Campground Amphitheater for a guided peaceful walk on the trail. The forest is a different place after the sun goes down; you never know what you may see. Hikes last about an hour. Weather Permitting. For questions or to register please call 302-284-4299. Free IMPORTANT: Park fees are in place at this time. Be prepared to pay $4 for in state or $8 out of state to enter the park. Killens Pond State Park

Bil Lepp Storytelling

Saturday, November 3, 2018

7 p.m.

Campground AmphitheaterDelaware State Parks is happy to welcome back Bil Lepp, nationally renowned storyteller and five-time winner of the West Virginia Liars Contest. He recounts hilarious tales and ventures through life in this family-friendly program, and we leave it to the listeners to decide if the stories really happened! This program is made possible by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts. There will be some seating available, but feel free to bring your own. This program is free with paid park entry.

Add to Calendar 11/3/2018 7:00:00 PM 11/3/2018 8:00:00 PM America/New_York Bil Lepp Storytelling Campground AmphitheaterDelaware State Parks is happy to welcome back Bil Lepp, nationally renowned storyteller and five-time winner of the West Virginia Liars Contest. He recounts hilarious tales and ventures through life in this family-friendly program, and we leave it to the listeners to decide if the stories really happened! This program is made possible by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts. There will be some seating available, but feel free to bring your own. This program is free with paid park entry. Killens Pond State Park

Winter Wildlife

Sunday, November 4, 2018

1 p.m.

Students will learn about the wide variety of animals that adapt to thecold winter and what they are doing to prepare. Theywillparticipate in an activity to discover the challenges animals can face duringmigration, discover why some animals hibernate and learn what both of thoseterms mean.$2per participantFor questions or to register please call 302-284-4299.IMPORTANT: Park fees are in place at this time. Be prepared to pay $4 for in state or $8 out of state to enter the park.

Add to Calendar 11/4/2018 1:00:00 PM 11/4/2018 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Winter Wildlife Students will learn about the wide variety of animals that adapt to thecold winter and what they are doing to prepare. Theywillparticipate in an activity to discover the challenges animals can face duringmigration, discover why some animals hibernate and learn what both of thoseterms mean.$2per participantFor questions or to register please call 302-284-4299.IMPORTANT: Park fees are in place at this time. Be prepared to pay $4 for in state or $8 out of state to enter the park. Killens Pond State Park

Fall Hayride

Saturday, November 10, 2018

6 p.m.

Meet at the campground amphitheater. The fields and the forest of the park await you on this relaxing ride, and you never know what animals you might see! Space is limited; please reserve your spot by calling the nature center at 302-284-4299 by 3 p.m. on Saturday. Weather Permitting.$4 per person IMPORTANT: Park fees are in place at this time. Be prepared to pay $4 for in state or $8 out of state to enter the park.

Add to Calendar 11/10/2018 6:00:00 PM 11/10/2018 7:00:00 PM America/New_York Fall Hayride Meet at the campground amphitheater. The fields and the forest of the park await you on this relaxing ride, and you never know what animals you might see! Space is limited; please reserve your spot by calling the nature center at 302-284-4299 by 3 p.m. on Saturday. Weather Permitting.$4 per person IMPORTANT: Park fees are in place at this time. Be prepared to pay $4 for in state or $8 out of state to enter the park. Killens Pond State Park

Fall Hayride

Saturday, November 10, 2018

5 p.m.

Meet at the campground amphitheater. The fields and the forest of the park await you on this relaxing ride, and you never know what animals you might see! Space is limited; please reserve your spot by calling the nature center at 302-284-4299 by 3 p.m. on Saturday. Weather Permitting.$4 per person IMPORTANT: Park fees are in place at this time. Be prepared to pay $4 for in state or $8 out of state to enter the park.

Add to Calendar 11/10/2018 5:00:00 PM 11/10/2018 6:00:00 PM America/New_York Fall Hayride Meet at the campground amphitheater. The fields and the forest of the park await you on this relaxing ride, and you never know what animals you might see! Space is limited; please reserve your spot by calling the nature center at 302-284-4299 by 3 p.m. on Saturday. Weather Permitting.$4 per person IMPORTANT: Park fees are in place at this time. Be prepared to pay $4 for in state or $8 out of state to enter the park. Killens Pond State Park

Campfire Program

Saturday, November 10, 2018

7 p.m.

Join a naturalist at the Campground Amphitheater for a campfire and to learn about the animals and plants of Delaware! Topics vary weekly. Weather Permitting. For questions or to register please call 302-284-4299. Free IMPORTANT: Park fees are in place at this time. Be prepared to pay $4 for in state or $8 out of state to enter the park.

Add to Calendar 11/10/2018 7:00:00 PM 11/10/2018 8:00:00 PM America/New_York Campfire Program Join a naturalist at the Campground Amphitheater for a campfire and to learn about the animals and plants of Delaware! Topics vary weekly. Weather Permitting. For questions or to register please call 302-284-4299. Free IMPORTANT: Park fees are in place at this time. Be prepared to pay $4 for in state or $8 out of state to enter the park. Killens Pond State Park

Veterans Day Hike

Sunday, November 11, 2018

1 p.m.

Joinus on a hike through the park to celebrate Veteran’s Day. A naturalist willguide you and introduce you to unique places at Killens Pond. Meet at thenature center. Weather Permitting.Free For questions or to register please call 302-284-4299.IMPORTANT: Park fees are in place at this time. Be prepared to pay $4 for in state or $8 out of state to enter the park.

Add to Calendar 11/11/2018 1:00:00 PM 11/11/2018 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Veterans Day Hike Joinus on a hike through the park to celebrate Veteran’s Day. A naturalist willguide you and introduce you to unique places at Killens Pond. Meet at thenature center. Weather Permitting.Free For questions or to register please call 302-284-4299.IMPORTANT: Park fees are in place at this time. Be prepared to pay $4 for in state or $8 out of state to enter the park. Killens Pond State Park

Homeschool Program

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

2 p.m.

Our new homeschool program for children ages 6-12 accompanied by an adult whereparticipants will donate some time in service projects and then will spend timewith a naturalist learning about the ecosystems at the park. Natural historytopics will vary weekly. Dress for workand play. Pre-registration is required;call (302) 284-4299. IMPORTANT: Park fees are in place at this time. Be prepared to pay $4 for in state or $8 out of state to enter the park.

Add to Calendar 11/13/2018 2:00:00 PM 11/13/2018 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Homeschool Program Our new homeschool program for children ages 6-12 accompanied by an adult whereparticipants will donate some time in service projects and then will spend timewith a naturalist learning about the ecosystems at the park. Natural historytopics will vary weekly. Dress for workand play. Pre-registration is required;call (302) 284-4299. IMPORTANT: Park fees are in place at this time. Be prepared to pay $4 for in state or $8 out of state to enter the park. Killens Pond State Park

Family Fun Day

Saturday, November 24, 2018

12 p.m.

Enjoy the season by participating in a fun craft day forchildren from ages 4 to 10. Make 4 - 5 different holiday treats anddecorations. This is a fundraiser sponsored by the Friends of Killens Pond. Refreshments will be available for purchase. $10 for one child. $5 for each additional child. IMPORTANT: Park fees are in place at this time. Be prepared to pay $4 for in state or $8 out of state to enter the park.

Add to Calendar 11/24/2018 12:00:00 PM 11/24/2018 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Family Fun Day Enjoy the season by participating in a fun craft day forchildren from ages 4 to 10. Make 4 - 5 different holiday treats anddecorations. This is a fundraiser sponsored by the Friends of Killens Pond. Refreshments will be available for purchase. $10 for one child. $5 for each additional child. IMPORTANT: Park fees are in place at this time. Be prepared to pay $4 for in state or $8 out of state to enter the park. Killens Pond State Park

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