Trap Pond State Park

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Trap Pond State Park

Delaware

(302) 875-5153

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Overview

Freshwater wetlands once covered a large portion of southwestern Sussex County. Trap Pond State Park retains a part of the swamp's original beauty and mystery, and features the northernmost natural stand of baldcypress trees in the United States. Visitors have many opportunities to explore the natural beauty of the wetland forest. Hiking trails surround the pond, providing opportunities to glimpse native animal species and many flowering plants. Birdwatching is a popular activity and the observant hiker may spot a Great Blue Heron, owl, hummingbird, warbler, Bald Eagle or the elusive Pileated Woodpecker. Boating among the baldcypress is a favorite pastime at the park. Some can be rented during the summer season,and the park interpreter hosts narrated pontoon boat tours on weekends and holidays, from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

In addition to the natural attractions, the park offers a variety of recreational activities. Experience the wonders of southern woodlands along the 4.9-mile Boundary Trail that skirts the park's 90-acre pond. The Baldcypress Nature Center features a variety of displays and programs that will enhance any visit to the park. Picnic areas overlook the pond and three pavilions may be reserved for group events. Volleyball courts and horseshoe pits encourage active competition among friends, and children will enjoy the playground complex.

The park is open daily from 8 a.m. to sunset. Normal park office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Map of Trap Pond (DE)

Latitude, Longitude: 38.516767, -75.468610

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Activities

  • Boating

    Boating among the baldcypress is a favorite pastime at the park. Rowboats, pedal boats, canoes and kayaks can be rented during the summer season, and the park interpreter hosts narrated pontoon boat tours on weekends and holidays, from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. A boat launching ramp can accommodate small motorized boats for fishing or scenic excursions. Anglers on the water or shore may land largemouth bass, pickerel, crappie, and bluegills. One of the streams that flows out of Trap Pond has been marked as a wilderness canoe trail for those who wish to explore the swamp's interior.

  • Camping

    Visitors who wish to stay overnight at the park may camp at one of the 142 campsites on the pond's northern shore. 130 of the sites are equipped with water and electric hookups. Tents and recreational vehicles can both be accommodated beneath the tall loblolly pines. Two primitive camping areas are also available for youth groups by reservation only. There are also yurts available at the park. Yurts are round stationary structures with canvas walls that feature: a single and double bed bunked together, a double bed size futon, and outdoor seating area, and outdoor deck. Yurts are a fun and easy alternative to pitching a tent yourself, but still allow you to experience the rustic feel of camping outdoors. Perfect for the new camper in your family. Some restrictions do apply; please contact the park office for additional information. Trap Pond also offers camping cabins for your enjoyment.

  • Fishing

    Anglers on the water or shore may land largemouth bass, pickerel, crappie, and bluegills.

  • Golfing

    Disc Golfing available.

  • Hiking

    Hiking trails surround the pond, providing opportunities to glimpse native animal species and many flowering plants. Experience the wonders of southern woodlands along the 4.9-mile Boundary Trail that skirts the park's 90-acre pond. Enjoy a round of disc golf with family and friends at the park as well.

Directions

Driving

Trap Pond State Park is located five miles east of Laurel, one mile off Delaware Route 24 on Trap Pond Road.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(302) 875-5153

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