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.
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.
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
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.
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
Sunday, October 21, 2018
Repurpose and reuse household items and discarded materials. supplies provided. Call to register at least 24 hours in advance. $5 per person
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
4 p.m. Also Wednesday, October 24.
Premium Boat Tour, Experience the swamp and the pond like you never have before during these one-hour tours. Registration required. Call or visit the nature center to save a spot. Enjoy snacks and beverages, while taking in the breathtaking fall scenery. $12 per Adult , $6 per 12 and under.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Premium Boat Tour. Experience the swamp and the pond like you never have before during these one-hour tours. Registration required. Call or visit the nature center to save a spot. Enjoy snacks beverages ges while taking in the breathtaking fall scenery. $12 per Adult , $6 per 12 and under.
Thursday, October 25, 2018
Learn about animal adaptations and make a mask inspired by your favorite park animal. Meet at the campground pavilion. $3 per person
Saturday, October 27, 2018
Join us at the park for some family friendly Halloween activities including crafts, face painting, trick or treating, check our Facebook page for a detailed schedule closer to the event!!!!
Friday, November 2, 2018
Campground Pavilion Delaware 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.
Sunday, November 4, 2018
Learn the melt-and-pour method of soap making. Add flowers,scents and colors for a special design. Call to register at least 48 hours in advance. $10 per person
Saturday, November 10, 2018
Bring your binoculars and field guides for a walk along the edge of the pond. Meet at the nature center. Free
Sunday, November 11, 2018
Ages 12 and up. Try your hand at pyrography and take home your own piece of wood-burned art. Call to register at least 48 hours in advance. $3 per person
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
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/
Saturday, November 17, 2018
Make your own festive wreath for the season! Supplies will be provided. Call to register at least 48 hours in advance. $10 per person