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Trap Pond State Park


Tropical Storm Isaias Advisories

The latest weather projections from the National Weather Service have the major impacts of the storm hitting Delaware in the early morning hours of Tuesday, August 4th, sometime around 2 a.m., and continuing through Tuesday evening. This weather event includes heavy rains, minor coastal flooding and sustained winds of 40 to 50 miles per hour, with higher gusts.

Camping Advisory: We recommend that you take all necessary precautions to secure and protect your camping equipment and if possible, move to higher ground during this period. A liberal cancellation policy is in effect; cancellations may be made by contacting 1-877-987-2757. Full refunds will be issued for all cancellations.

Surf Fishing and Swimming Advisory: All surf fishing crossings will close at sunset on Monday, August 3, and all guarded swimming beaches are closed Tuesday, August 4. In addition, the Killens Pond Water Park is also closed on Tuesday, August 4, with refunds for any advanced tickets purchased.

Find Your Adventure at Trap Pond

Kayakers paddle the Terrapin Branch Water Trail at Trap Pond State Park

Paddle the Pond

Take in the sights, sounds, and smells as you journey into the cypress swamp. Paddle a canoe or kayak down the Terrapin Branch Water Trail to get up close and personal with the baldcypress trees and the diverse flora and fauna that live there.

Passengers njoying a pontoon boat tour at Trap Pond State Park

Take a Pontoon Tour

Join a park staff member and board a pontoon boat to travel across the pond and into the cypress swamp. Learn about the history and wildlife of the park from the comfort of an elevated pontoon boat.

View from the water along the Bob Trail

Explore the Bob Trail

Hike or bike the 4.6-mile Bob Trail through the park. The trail is an excellent place for birdwatching, and you’ll enjoy pondside views of the cypress swamp. Visitors can enjoy free bike rentals during the summer months.

The Baldcypress Nature Center at Trap Pond State Park

Visit the Baldcypress

Trap Pond has a rich history that has shaped the culture and community of the area. Stop by the Baldcypress Nature Center to discover past cultures and learn about the importance of watersheds.

Fall foliage at Trap Pond State Park

Experience the Seasons

Trap Pond State Park is different every season! Witness the beauty of the pond year-round as you enjoy fall foliage, fresh winter snowfall, spring frog calls or summer nesting songbirds.

Tent camping among the trees at Trap Pond State Park

Superintendent’s Pick: Camping

Plan a getaway to Trap Pond State Park! The park’s peaceful campground has tent sites, RV sites, cabins, and yurts. See beautiful fall colors from your campsite, catch a sunset from Cypress Point, hear the calls of owls and migrating birds, or watch falling snow from the warmth of your cabin.

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

Reader's Digest recommends Trap Pond's campground as the most scenic campsite in Delaware.

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.

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

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