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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.

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

Trap Pond Partners Meeting

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

7:00 PM

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/

Add to Calendar 12/11/2019 7:00:00 PM 12/11/2019 8:30:00 PM 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/ Trap Pond State Park

Winter Owl Prowl

Friday, December 13, 2019

5:00 PM

Meetat the nature center. We will head out on the trails to listen for owls. Pleasecall to register. Free

Add to Calendar 12/13/2019 5:00:00 PM 12/13/2019 6:00:00 PM America/New_York Winter Owl Prowl Meetat the nature center. We will head out on the trails to listen for owls. Pleasecall to register. Free Trap Pond State Park

Holiday Soap Making

Saturday, December 14, 2019

1:00 PM

Join us at the Nature Center to learn this melt-and-pour method of soap making. Make holidaythemed shapes and smells for perfect gifts to give your loved ones. Please register 48 hours in advance. $10

Add to Calendar 12/14/2019 1:00:00 PM 12/14/2019 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Holiday Soap Making Join us at the Nature Center to learn this melt-and-pour method of soap making. Make holidaythemed shapes and smells for perfect gifts to give your loved ones. Please register 48 hours in advance. $10 Trap Pond State Park

Jingle Bell Wagon Ride

Saturday, December 14, 2019

3:00 PM

Listen to the bells on a frostyafternoon as we travel the trails of Trap Pond. Call (302) 875-5163 toregister. $5 per person

Add to Calendar 12/14/2019 3:00:00 PM 12/14/2019 4:30:00 PM America/New_York Jingle Bell Wagon Ride Listen to the bells on a frostyafternoon as we travel the trails of Trap Pond. Call (302) 875-5163 toregister. $5 per person Trap Pond State Park

Trap Pond First Day Hike

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

10:00 AM

Come out for a hike on the first day of the year. What better place than the first state’s first state park? This year’s hike will bean easy two miles as we explore the American Holly and Bob Trails. Meet at theBaldcypress Nature Center. Free

Add to Calendar 1/1/2020 10:00:00 AM 1/1/2020 11:30:00 AM America/New_York Trap Pond First Day Hike Come out for a hike on the first day of the year. What better place than the first state’s first state park? This year’s hike will bean easy two miles as we explore the American Holly and Bob Trails. Meet at theBaldcypress Nature Center. Free Trap Pond State Park

Three Square Meals

Saturday, January 4, 2020

10:00 AM

Learn about the contributions the Civilian ConservationCorps made to Trap Pond, Delaware, and the nation.. Meet at the nature center. Free

Add to Calendar 1/4/2020 10:00:00 AM 1/4/2020 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Three Square Meals Learn about the contributions the Civilian ConservationCorps made to Trap Pond, Delaware, and the nation.. Meet at the nature center. Free Trap Pond State Park

Trap Pond Partners Meeting

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

7:00 PM

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/

Add to Calendar 1/8/2020 7:00:00 PM 1/8/2020 8:30:00 PM 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/ Trap Pond State Park

Chilly Wagon Ride

Saturday, January 11, 2020

3:00 PM

Dress warmly for this ride. Ever wonder how animals preparefor the winter? We will take a close look at how animals beat the chill. Call(302) 875-5163 to register.

Add to Calendar 1/11/2020 3:00:00 PM 1/11/2020 4:30:00 PM America/New_York Chilly Wagon Ride Dress warmly for this ride. Ever wonder how animals preparefor the winter? We will take a close look at how animals beat the chill. Call(302) 875-5163 to register. Trap Pond State Park

Chilly Wagon Ride

Saturday, January 18, 2020

3:00 PM

Dress warmly for this ride. Ever wonder how animals preparefor the winter? We will take a close look at how animals beat the chill. Call(302) 875-5163 to register.

Add to Calendar 1/18/2020 3:00:00 PM 1/18/2020 4:30:00 PM America/New_York Chilly Wagon Ride Dress warmly for this ride. Ever wonder how animals preparefor the winter? We will take a close look at how animals beat the chill. Call(302) 875-5163 to register. Trap Pond State Park

Winter Owl Prowl

Friday, January 24, 2020

5:00 PM

Meetat the nature center. We will head out on the trails to listen for owls. Please call to register. Free

Add to Calendar 1/24/2020 5:00:00 PM 1/24/2020 6:00:00 PM America/New_York Winter Owl Prowl Meetat the nature center. We will head out on the trails to listen for owls. Please call to register. Free Trap Pond State Park

Chilly Wagon Ride

Saturday, January 25, 2020

3:00 PM

Dress warmly for this ride. Ever wonder how animals preparefor the winter? We will take a close look at how animals beat the chill. Call(302) 875-5163 to register.

Add to Calendar 1/25/2020 3:00:00 PM 1/25/2020 4:30:00 PM America/New_York Chilly Wagon Ride Dress warmly for this ride. Ever wonder how animals preparefor the winter? We will take a close look at how animals beat the chill. Call(302) 875-5163 to register. Trap Pond State Park

Winter Waterfowl

Saturday, January 25, 2020

5:00 PM

Takea walk along the pond and spot some of our wonderful waterfowl. Binoculars willbe provided; all you need are warm clothes and comfortable walking shoes. Meetat the nature center. Free

Add to Calendar 1/25/2020 5:00:00 PM 1/25/2020 6:00:00 PM America/New_York Winter Waterfowl Takea walk along the pond and spot some of our wonderful waterfowl. Binoculars willbe provided; all you need are warm clothes and comfortable walking shoes. Meetat the nature center. Free Trap Pond State Park

Three Square Meals

Saturday, February 1, 2020

10:00 AM

Learn about the contributions the Civilian ConservationCorps made to Trap Pond, Delaware, and the nation.. Meet at the nature center. Free

Add to Calendar 2/1/2020 10:00:00 AM 2/1/2020 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Three Square Meals Learn about the contributions the Civilian ConservationCorps made to Trap Pond, Delaware, and the nation.. Meet at the nature center. Free Trap Pond State Park

Barnes Woods Winter Hike

Thursday, February 6, 2020

10:00 AM

Come hiking in this winter wonderland. Bring warm clothesand comfortable shoes. Trip will start at Trap Pond Nature Center and we willdrive to Barnes Woods for a 45-minute hike. Total program time will beapproximately 2 1/2 hours. Pre-register by February 13; call (302) 875-5163. Free

Add to Calendar 2/6/2020 10:00:00 AM 2/6/2020 1:00:00 PM America/New_York Barnes Woods Winter Hike Come hiking in this winter wonderland. Bring warm clothesand comfortable shoes. Trip will start at Trap Pond Nature Center and we willdrive to Barnes Woods for a 45-minute hike. Total program time will beapproximately 2 1/2 hours. Pre-register by February 13; call (302) 875-5163. Free Trap Pond State Park

Valentine Candles

Saturday, February 8, 2020

1:00 PM

Createa homemade candle for your loved ones at the nature center. Call topre-register at least 24 hours in advance. $8per person (free with your camping pass or reservation)

Add to Calendar 2/8/2020 1:00:00 PM 2/8/2020 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Valentine Candles Createa homemade candle for your loved ones at the nature center. Call topre-register at least 24 hours in advance. $8per person (free with your camping pass or reservation) Trap Pond State Park

History Wagon Ride

Saturday, February 8, 2020

3:00 PM

Trap Pond wasn’t always a park. Take a ride in our haywagonand find out about the Native Americans, pioneers and farmers who were herebefore us. Call (302) 875-5163 to register.

Add to Calendar 2/8/2020 3:00:00 PM 2/8/2020 4:30:00 PM America/New_York History Wagon Ride Trap Pond wasn’t always a park. Take a ride in our haywagonand find out about the Native Americans, pioneers and farmers who were herebefore us. Call (302) 875-5163 to register. Trap Pond State Park

Warm Up with a Winter Hike

Sunday, February 9, 2020

1:00 PM

Meet at the nature center and join us as we hike the trailsand warm up from the cool winter months. Free

Add to Calendar 2/9/2020 1:00:00 PM 2/9/2020 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Warm Up with a Winter Hike Meet at the nature center and join us as we hike the trailsand warm up from the cool winter months. Free Trap Pond State Park

Trap Pond Partners Meeting

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

7:00 PM

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/

Add to Calendar 2/12/2020 7:00:00 PM 2/12/2020 8:30:00 PM 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/ Trap Pond State Park

History Wagon Ride

Saturday, February 15, 2020

3:00 PM

Trap Pond wasn’t always a park. Take a ride in our haywagonand find out about the Native Americans, pioneers and farmers who were herebefore us. Call (302) 875-5163 to register.

Add to Calendar 2/15/2020 3:00:00 PM 2/15/2020 4:30:00 PM America/New_York History Wagon Ride Trap Pond wasn’t always a park. Take a ride in our haywagonand find out about the Native Americans, pioneers and farmers who were herebefore us. Call (302) 875-5163 to register. Trap Pond State Park

Trap Pond History Social

Thursday, February 20, 2020

6:00 PM

Join us for a catered dinner, complete with desert, at theBaldcypress Nature Center. Enjoy a presentation on the park’s history and bringyour own memories to share. Cost is $22 per person. Please register by February6.

Add to Calendar 2/20/2020 6:00:00 PM 2/20/2020 8:30:00 PM America/New_York Trap Pond History Social Join us for a catered dinner, complete with desert, at theBaldcypress Nature Center. Enjoy a presentation on the park’s history and bringyour own memories to share. Cost is $22 per person. Please register by February6. Trap Pond State Park

History Wagon Ride

Saturday, February 22, 2020

3:00 PM

Trap Pond wasn’t always a park. Take a ride in our haywagonand find out about the Native Americans, pioneers and farmers who were herebefore us. Call (302) 875-5163 to register.

Add to Calendar 2/22/2020 3:00:00 PM 2/22/2020 4:30:00 PM America/New_York History Wagon Ride Trap Pond wasn’t always a park. Take a ride in our haywagonand find out about the Native Americans, pioneers and farmers who were herebefore us. Call (302) 875-5163 to register. Trap Pond State Park

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