Killens Pond Road closed for construction July 22 – Aug. 16
Killens Pond Road, from Paradise Alley Road to Scrap Tavern Road, is closed to through traffic until August 16 for construction. Detour signs route traffic from the day-use side of the park to the campground throughout the construction period. Visitor access from Route 13 to the campground entrance on Paradise Alley Road and to the main park entrance from Killens Pond Road is not impacted. The bridge is closed to pedestrian traffic. The park is open during the construction period.
The centerpiece of Killens Pond State Park, conveniently located in central Delaware, is the 66-acre millpond, which was established in the late 1700s. Before the pond was created, the Murderkill River and surrounding hardwood forest were sites of several Native American homes and hunting camps. Killens Pond became a state park in 1965.
The pond is home to largemouth bass, catfish, carp, perch, crappie, bluegills, and pickerel, all of which await the patient angler.* A convenient boat launching ramp is available, and canoes, kayaks, and pedal boats can be rented during the summer. Paddlers will also enjoy the park's water trail up the Murderkill River.
A fishing license required to fish in Delaware State Parks. Get info about fishing permits
Starting from 54 feet in the air, our two speed slides and two spiral slides with tunnels offer heart-pounding excitement for those who dare! The main pool's zero-depth entrance makes getting in and out easy, and smaller visitors will enjoy the tot pool and tot lot, featuring bubblers, ground water jets, small slides, and a pool-side waterplay system. A food concession and swim shop offer everything you need for a day full of waterpark fun. A separate per-person admission fee is charged at the waterpark. Visit our waterpark page
The year-round wooded campground offers electric and water hookups, accommodating both tents and recreational vehicles, as well as a primitive walk-in camping loop for tents only. Family cabins sleep four and feature an efficiency kitchen with an eating area, bedroom, bath with shower, A/C, and heat. The roomier, deluxe Pond View Cottage has extra amenities and an outstanding view of the pond. Click for Camping Information
Hiking and biking trails and a cross-country running course wind through several types of habitat featuring native plants and animals. Game courts and ball fields satisfy the athlete, and an 18-hole disc golf course challenges players to test their skill with a flying disc. The park also features playground equipment and picnic areas, and four pavilions are available to reserve for larger group events. Educational and recreational programs are conducted throughout the year at the Killens Pond Nature Center, which also features a permanent exhibit of local reptiles and amphibians and is also available for meetings and private events. Rent the Killens Pond Nature Center
Fork Branch Nature Preserve – contains mature upland forest and is the second largest forest tract in the St. Jones River watershed and coastal plain pond wetlands. Barred owls nest in the mature floodplain forest (Barred owls are a species of conservation concern due to the little mature floodplain remaining in Delaware) and it is also home to a variety of migratory and resident birds including Red-shouldered Hawk, another species of conservation concern, Prothonotary Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, White-breasted Nuthatch and Pileated Woodpecker..
The preserve is located at the corner of Kenton and West Denneys roads, along the Maidstone Branch in the St. Jones River Watershed.
Amenities: Loop Trail (pedestrian only). Parking on site.
Acreage: 257 acres
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Check in with a naturalist out front of the nature center from 10:30-11 AM to pick up information for a self-guided hike. When you're done, return your self-guided hike information and ask a naturalist some questions you thought of during your hike. Hike is about 0.5 miles on part of the Pondside Trail and connector trails. Pre-registration required. Free
Saturday, July 11, 2020
Wow - there sure are a lot of birds out there! Want to learn some tips and tricks on how to identify them? At this program a naturalist will go over how to use a bird field guide, how to use your binoculars, and what birds you're most likely to see at Killens Pond. Please bring your own binoculars and field guides. Program will start at the campground amphitheater and will include a short hike. Pre-registration required. Free
Sunday, July 12, 2020
Wow - there sure are a lot of birds out there! Want to learn some tips and tricks on how to identify them? At this program a naturalist will go over how to use a bird field guide, how to use your binoculars, and what birds you're most likely to see at Killens Pond. Please bring your own binoculars and field guides. Program will start on the nature center deck and will include a short hike. Pre-registration required. Free