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TRAP POND STATE PARK


About the Park

Trap Pond was once the site of a large freshwater wetland and still hosts the country's northernmost natural stand of baldcypress trees. The pond was created in the late 1700s to power a sawmill used in harvesting the baldcypress. The federal government 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.

Featured Program: First Day Hike

Featured Program: First Day Hike

What better place to celebrate the New Year than the first state's first state park? See how industry has influenced the ecosystem on this easy 1.5 mile hike. Meet at the Nature Center. Free. Trap Pond Nature Center Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at 10 a.m.

Add to Calendar 1/1/2019 10:00 1/1/2019 11:00 America/New_York Featured Program: First Day Hike What better place to celebrate the New Year than the first state's first state park? See how industry has influenced the ecosystem on this easy 1.5 mile hike. Meet at the Nature Center. Free. Trap Pond Nature Center Trap Pond State Park


Boating and Fishing

Canoing and kayaking are popular at Trap Pond State Park

Rowboats, pedal boats, canoes and kayaks can be rented for use within the park during the summer season, and park interpreters host narrated pontoon boat tours on summer weekends and holidays. One of the streams that flows into Trap Pond has been marked as a wilderness canoe trail. A boat launching ramp accommodates small motorized boats for fishing or exploring the pond. Anglers may land a variety of fish, from pickerel, crappie, and bluegills to catfish, American eel and largemouth bass. Fishing license required. Get info about fishing permits.

Camping

Island campsite at Trap Pond State Park

Trap Pond’s campground offers a wide variety of sites beneath its tall loblolly pines, including RV and tent sites with water and electric, walk-in tent sites, two popular island tent sites, and primitive camping areas for youth groups (available by reservation only). Waterfront climate- controlled camping cabins, each with a living area and bedroom, are available year-round. Yurts, round stationary structures with canvas walls, allow a rustic camping experience without having to pitch your own tent. Click for info and reservations

Recreation

Hiking, biking, and horse trails provide plenty of ways to explore the park. Birdwatchers may spot Bald Eagles, Pileated Woodpeckers, orioles, Wood Ducks, tanagers, and a variety of warblers, depending on the season. Shaded picnic areas overlook the pond, and three pavilions may be reserved for group events. Additional recreation areas include volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, a disc golf course, athletic fields, and a children’s playground. The Baldcypress Nature Center features a variety of displays and programs, and hosts a popular concert series during the summer.

Baldcypress Nature Center

Baldcypress nature center interior animal displays

Discover the story of the northernmost natural stand of baldcypress trees on the east coast at Trap Pond’s Baldcypress Nature Center. You’ll find programs for park guests of all ages and learn about the history of one of Delaware’s original state parks.

Nature Preserve

Nanticoke River Nature Preserve – is located along Butler Mill Branch, a tributary of the Nanticoke River. It is comprised of upland forest and Atlantic White Cedar.

Amenities: Loop Trail (pedestrian only). Parking along road.

Acreage: 23 acres

Upcoming Events

Snow Tracks

Sunday, December 16, 2018

2 p.m.

Can you identify animal tracks in the snow? Discover what tracks would look like using homemade snow. Meet at the nature center. Free. Trap Pond State Park, 33587 Baldcypress Lane, Laurel, DE 19956, USA

Add to Calendar 12/16/2018 14:00 12/16/2018 15:00 America/New_York Snow Tracks Can you identify animal tracks in the snow? Discover what tracks would look like using homemade snow. Meet at the nature center. Free. Trap Pond State Park, 33587 Baldcypress Lane, Laurel, DE 19956, USA Trap Pond State Park

Featured Program: First Day Hike

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

10 a.m.

What better place to celebrate the New Year than the first state's first state park? See how industry has influenced the ecosystem on this easy 1.5 mile hike. Meet at the Nature Center. Free. Trap Pond Nature Center

Add to Calendar 1/1/2019 10:00 1/1/2019 11:00 America/New_York Featured Program: First Day Hike What better place to celebrate the New Year than the first state's first state park? See how industry has influenced the ecosystem on this easy 1.5 mile hike. Meet at the Nature Center. Free. Trap Pond Nature Center Trap Pond State Park

Chilly Hayrides

Saturday, January 5, 2019

3 p.m.

Meet at the Campground Pavilion for a tour of the park in our rustic hay wagon and learn about the natural and cultural history of Trap Pond. Program lasts one hour. Pre-registration is required. $5 per Adult; $3 per children 12 and under Ever wonder how animals prepare for the winter? We will take a close look at how animals beat the chill. Call (302) 875-5163 to register. Trap Pond State Park, 33587 Baldcypress Lane, Laurel, DE 19956, USA

Add to Calendar 1/5/2019 15:00 1/5/2019 16:30 America/New_York Chilly Hayrides Meet at the Campground Pavilion for a tour of the park in our rustic hay wagon and learn about the natural and cultural history of Trap Pond. Program lasts one hour. Pre-registration is required. $5 per Adult; $3 per children 12 and under Ever wonder how animals prepare for the winter? We will take a close look at how animals beat the chill. Call (302) 875-5163 to register. Trap Pond State Park, 33587 Baldcypress Lane, Laurel, DE 19956, USA Trap Pond State Park

Nature Stories

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

2 p.m.

Meet at the Nature Center for a story and activities. Recommended for ages 6 and under. Free. Trap Pond State Park, 33587 Baldcypress Lane, Laurel, DE 19956, USA- Nature Center

Add to Calendar 1/9/2019 14:00 1/9/2019 15:30 America/New_York Nature Stories Meet at the Nature Center for a story and activities. Recommended for ages 6 and under. Free. Trap Pond State Park, 33587 Baldcypress Lane, Laurel, DE 19956, USA- Nature Center Trap Pond State Park

Trap Pond Partners Meeting

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

7 p.m.

The Trap Pond Partners meet at the nature center on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. The partners are dedicated of the preservation of the park and community involvement. Visit www.trappondpartners.com/. Baldcypress Nature Center, 33587 Baldcypress Ln, Laurel, DE 19956, USA

Add to Calendar 1/9/2019 19:00 1/9/2019 20:30 America/New_York Trap Pond Partners Meeting The Trap Pond Partners meet at the nature center on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. The partners are dedicated of the preservation of the park and community involvement. Visit www.trappondpartners.com/. Baldcypress Nature Center, 33587 Baldcypress Ln, Laurel, DE 19956, USA Trap Pond State Park

Beginner's Aquascaping

Saturday, January 12, 2019

01:30 p.m.

Too Cold for outdoor gardening? Underwater gardening can take place in the comfort of your home! Get started with instruction of how to create your own "Jarrarium". Meet at the Nature Center. Free. Trap Pond State Park, 33587 Baldcypress Lane, Laurel, DE 19956, USA

Add to Calendar 1/12/2019 13:30 1/12/2019 15:00 America/New_York Beginner's Aquascaping Too Cold for outdoor gardening? Underwater gardening can take place in the comfort of your home! Get started with instruction of how to create your own "Jarrarium". Meet at the Nature Center. Free. Trap Pond State Park, 33587 Baldcypress Lane, Laurel, DE 19956, USA Trap Pond State Park

Chilly Hayrides

Saturday, January 12, 2019

3 p.m.

Meet at the Campground Pavilion for a tour of the park in our rustic hay wagon and learn about the natural and cultural history of Trap Pond. Program lasts one hour. Pre-registration is required. $5 per Adult; $3 per children 12 and under Ever wonder how animals prepare for the winter? We will take a close look at how animals beat the chill. Call (302) 875-5163 to register. Trap Pond State Park, 33587 Baldcypress Lane, Laurel, DE 19956, USA

Add to Calendar 1/12/2019 15:00 1/12/2019 16:30 America/New_York Chilly Hayrides Meet at the Campground Pavilion for a tour of the park in our rustic hay wagon and learn about the natural and cultural history of Trap Pond. Program lasts one hour. Pre-registration is required. $5 per Adult; $3 per children 12 and under Ever wonder how animals prepare for the winter? We will take a close look at how animals beat the chill. Call (302) 875-5163 to register. Trap Pond State Park, 33587 Baldcypress Lane, Laurel, DE 19956, USA Trap Pond State Park

Featured Program: Three Square Meals( The CCC and Trap Pond)

Sunday, January 13, 2019

10 a.m.

Learn about the contributions the Civilian Conservation Corps made to Trap Pond, Delaware and the nation. Meet at the Nature Center. Free. Trap Pond State Park, 33587 Baldcypress Lane, Laurel, DE 19956, USA

Add to Calendar 1/13/2019 10:00 1/13/2019 11:00 America/New_York Featured Program: Three Square Meals( The CCC and Trap Pond) Learn about the contributions the Civilian Conservation Corps made to Trap Pond, Delaware and the nation. Meet at the Nature Center. Free. Trap Pond State Park, 33587 Baldcypress Lane, Laurel, DE 19956, USA Trap Pond State Park

Intro to Plarn

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

5 p.m.

Turn your plastic grocery bags into yarn! It's an easy and fun craft for beginner to expert knitters. Bring your own bags to the Nature Center Free. Trap Pond State Park, 33587 Baldcypress Lane, Laurel, DE 19956, USA

Add to Calendar 1/16/2019 17:00 1/16/2019 18:00 America/New_York Intro to Plarn Turn your plastic grocery bags into yarn! It's an easy and fun craft for beginner to expert knitters. Bring your own bags to the Nature Center Free. Trap Pond State Park, 33587 Baldcypress Lane, Laurel, DE 19956, USA Trap Pond State Park

Winter Owl Prowl

Friday, January 18, 2019

5 p.m.

Meet at the nature center then head out to listen for owls then return to the nature center to dissect owl pellets. Free. Trap Pond State Park, 33587 Baldcypress Lane, Laurel, DE 19956, USA

Add to Calendar 1/18/2019 17:00 1/18/2019 18:00 America/New_York Winter Owl Prowl Meet at the nature center then head out to listen for owls then return to the nature center to dissect owl pellets. Free. Trap Pond State Park, 33587 Baldcypress Lane, Laurel, DE 19956, USA Trap Pond State Park

Chilly Hayrides

Saturday, January 19, 2019

3 p.m.

Meet at the Campground Pavilion for a tour of the park in our rustic hay wagon and learn about the natural and cultural history of Trap Pond. Program lasts one hour. Pre-registration is required. $5 per Adult; $3 per children 12 and under Ever wonder how animals prepare for the winter? We will take a close look at how animals beat the chill. Call (302) 875-5163 to register. Trap Pond State Park, 33587 Baldcypress Lane, Laurel, DE 19956, USA

Add to Calendar 1/19/2019 15:00 1/19/2019 16:30 America/New_York Chilly Hayrides Meet at the Campground Pavilion for a tour of the park in our rustic hay wagon and learn about the natural and cultural history of Trap Pond. Program lasts one hour. Pre-registration is required. $5 per Adult; $3 per children 12 and under Ever wonder how animals prepare for the winter? We will take a close look at how animals beat the chill. Call (302) 875-5163 to register. Trap Pond State Park, 33587 Baldcypress Lane, Laurel, DE 19956, USA Trap Pond State Park

Snow Tracks

Sunday, January 20, 2019

2 p.m.

Can you identify animal tracks in the snow? Discover what tracks would look like using homemade snow. Meet at the nature center. Free. Trap Pond State Park, 33587 Baldcypress Lane, Laurel, DE 19956, USA

Add to Calendar 1/20/2019 14:00 1/20/2019 15:00 America/New_York Snow Tracks Can you identify animal tracks in the snow? Discover what tracks would look like using homemade snow. Meet at the nature center. Free. Trap Pond State Park, 33587 Baldcypress Lane, Laurel, DE 19956, USA Trap Pond State Park

Winter Waterfowl

Saturday, January 26, 2019

10 a.m.

Take a walk along the pond and spot some of our wonderful waterfowl. Binoculars will be provided; all you need are warm clothes and comfortable walking shoes. Meet at the Nature Center. Free. Trap Pond State Park, 33587 Baldcypress Lane, Laurel, DE 19956, USA

Add to Calendar 1/26/2019 10:00 1/26/2019 11:00 America/New_York Winter Waterfowl Take a walk along the pond and spot some of our wonderful waterfowl. Binoculars will be provided; all you need are warm clothes and comfortable walking shoes. Meet at the Nature Center. Free. Trap Pond State Park, 33587 Baldcypress Lane, Laurel, DE 19956, USA Trap Pond State Park

Winter Wonderland Hike

Saturday, February 2, 2019

1 p.m.

Experience how plants and animals take advantage of the cold winter months on this short hike around the Island Trail. Meet at the Nature Center. Free. Trap Pond State Park, 33587 Baldcypress Lane, Laurel, DE 19956, USA

Add to Calendar 2/2/2019 13:00 2/2/2019 14:00 America/New_York Winter Wonderland Hike Experience how plants and animals take advantage of the cold winter months on this short hike around the Island Trail. Meet at the Nature Center. Free. Trap Pond State Park, 33587 Baldcypress Lane, Laurel, DE 19956, USA Trap Pond State Park

Featured Program: Three Square Meals( The CCC and Trap Pond)

Sunday, February 3, 2019

10 a.m.

Learn about the contributions the Civilian Conservation Corps made to Trap Pond, Delaware and the nation. Meet at the Nature Center. Free. Trap Pond State Park, 33587 Baldcypress Lane, Laurel, DE 19956, USA

Add to Calendar 2/3/2019 10:00 2/3/2019 11:00 America/New_York Featured Program: Three Square Meals( The CCC and Trap Pond) Learn about the contributions the Civilian Conservation Corps made to Trap Pond, Delaware and the nation. Meet at the Nature Center. Free. Trap Pond State Park, 33587 Baldcypress Lane, Laurel, DE 19956, USA Trap Pond State Park

Valentine Candles

Saturday, February 9, 2019

1 p.m.

Create a homemade candle for your loved ones at the nature center. Call to pre-register at least 24 hours in advance. $8 per person (Free with your camping pass or reservation). Trap Pond State Park, 33587 Baldcypress Lane, Laurel, DE 19956, USA

Add to Calendar 2/9/2019 13:00 2/9/2019 15:00 America/New_York Valentine Candles Create a homemade candle for your loved ones at the nature center. Call to pre-register at least 24 hours in advance. $8 per person (Free with your camping pass or reservation). Trap Pond State Park, 33587 Baldcypress Lane, Laurel, DE 19956, USA Trap Pond State Park

History Hayrides

Saturday, February 9, 2019

3 p.m.

Meet at the Campground Pavilion for a tour of the park in our rustic hay wagon and learn about the natural and cultural history of Trap Pond. Program lasts one hour. Pre-registration is required. $5 per Adult; $3 per children 12 and under Take a ride in our hay wagon and find out about the Native Americans, pioneers and farmers who were here before us. Call (302) 875-5163 to register. Trap Pond State Park, 33587 Baldcypress Lane, Laurel, DE 19956, USA

Add to Calendar 2/9/2019 15:00 2/9/2019 16:30 America/New_York History Hayrides Meet at the Campground Pavilion for a tour of the park in our rustic hay wagon and learn about the natural and cultural history of Trap Pond. Program lasts one hour. Pre-registration is required. $5 per Adult; $3 per children 12 and under Take a ride in our hay wagon and find out about the Native Americans, pioneers and farmers who were here before us. Call (302) 875-5163 to register. Trap Pond State Park, 33587 Baldcypress Lane, Laurel, DE 19956, USA Trap Pond State Park

Nature Stories

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

2 p.m.

Meet at the Nature Center for a story and activities. Recommended for ages 6 and under. Free. Trap Pond State Park, 33587 Baldcypress Lane, Laurel, DE 19956, USA- Nature Center

Add to Calendar 2/13/2019 14:00 2/13/2019 15:30 America/New_York Nature Stories Meet at the Nature Center for a story and activities. Recommended for ages 6 and under. Free. Trap Pond State Park, 33587 Baldcypress Lane, Laurel, DE 19956, USA- Nature Center Trap Pond State Park

Trap Pond Partners Meeting

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

7 p.m.

The Trap Pond Partners meet at the nature center on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. The partners are dedicated of the preservation of the park and community involvement. Visit www.trappondpartners.com/. Baldcypress Nature Center, 33587 Baldcypress Ln, Laurel, DE 19956, USA

Add to Calendar 2/13/2019 19:00 2/13/2019 20:30 America/New_York Trap Pond Partners Meeting The Trap Pond Partners meet at the nature center on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. The partners are dedicated of the preservation of the park and community involvement. Visit www.trappondpartners.com/. Baldcypress Nature Center, 33587 Baldcypress Ln, Laurel, DE 19956, USA Trap Pond State Park

Barnes Wood Winter Hike

Thursday, February 14, 2019

10 a.m.

Wear warm clothes and comfortable shoes. Meet at the nature center and we will drive to Barnes Woods for a 45-minute hike. Total program time will be approximately 2 1/2 hours. Register by February 12th; call (302)875-5163. Free. Trap Pond State Park, 33587 Baldcypress Lane, Laurel, DE 19956, USA

Add to Calendar 2/14/2019 10:00 2/14/2019 12:30 America/New_York Barnes Wood Winter Hike Wear warm clothes and comfortable shoes. Meet at the nature center and we will drive to Barnes Woods for a 45-minute hike. Total program time will be approximately 2 1/2 hours. Register by February 12th; call (302)875-5163. Free. Trap Pond State Park, 33587 Baldcypress Lane, Laurel, DE 19956, USA Trap Pond State Park

History Hayrides

Saturday, February 16, 2019

3 p.m.

Meet at the Campground Pavilion for a tour of the park in our rustic hay wagon and learn about the natural and cultural history of Trap Pond. Program lasts one hour. Pre-registration is required. $5 per Adult; $3 per children 12 and under Take a ride in our hay wagon and find out about the Native Americans, pioneers and farmers who were here before us. Call (302) 875-5163 to register. Trap Pond State Park, 33587 Baldcypress Lane, Laurel, DE 19956, USA

Add to Calendar 2/16/2019 15:00 2/16/2019 16:30 America/New_York History Hayrides Meet at the Campground Pavilion for a tour of the park in our rustic hay wagon and learn about the natural and cultural history of Trap Pond. Program lasts one hour. Pre-registration is required. $5 per Adult; $3 per children 12 and under Take a ride in our hay wagon and find out about the Native Americans, pioneers and farmers who were here before us. Call (302) 875-5163 to register. Trap Pond State Park, 33587 Baldcypress Lane, Laurel, DE 19956, USA Trap Pond State Park

Snow Tracks

Sunday, February 17, 2019

2 p.m.

Can you identify animal tracks in the snow? Discover what tracks would look like using homemade snow. Meet at the nature center. Free. Trap Pond State Park, 33587 Baldcypress Lane, Laurel, DE 19956, USA

Add to Calendar 2/17/2019 14:00 2/17/2019 15:00 America/New_York Snow Tracks Can you identify animal tracks in the snow? Discover what tracks would look like using homemade snow. Meet at the nature center. Free. Trap Pond State Park, 33587 Baldcypress Lane, Laurel, DE 19956, USA Trap Pond State Park

History Hayrides

Saturday, February 23, 2019

3 p.m.

Meet at the Campground Pavilion for a tour of the park in our rustic hay wagon and learn about the natural and cultural history of Trap Pond. Program lasts one hour. Pre-registration is required. $5 per Adult; $3 per children 12 and under Take a ride in our hay wagon and find out about the Native Americans, pioneers and farmers who were here before us. Call (302) 875-5163 to register. Trap Pond State Park, 33587 Baldcypress Lane, Laurel, DE 19956, USA

Add to Calendar 2/23/2019 15:00 2/23/2019 16:30 America/New_York History Hayrides Meet at the Campground Pavilion for a tour of the park in our rustic hay wagon and learn about the natural and cultural history of Trap Pond. Program lasts one hour. Pre-registration is required. $5 per Adult; $3 per children 12 and under Take a ride in our hay wagon and find out about the Native Americans, pioneers and farmers who were here before us. Call (302) 875-5163 to register. Trap Pond State Park, 33587 Baldcypress Lane, Laurel, DE 19956, USA Trap Pond State Park

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