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Killens Pond State Park


Special Notice 8/9/19

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.

About the Park

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.

Fishing and Boating

boats at killens pond

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

Check prices or get more detailed info on how you can canoe, kayak, or paddle Killens Pond

Waterpark Thrills

The waterpark at Killens Pond State Park

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

Camping and Cabins

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

Recreational Activities

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

Nature Preserve

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

Upcoming Events

Handmade Holiday Ornaments

Saturday, December 14, 2019

1:00 PM

We will create beautiful ornaments with the help of natural forest materials, colorful ribbons and enticing smells. Take home a piece of Killens Pond for your tree that all will admire with both sight and smell. $4 per participant

Add to Calendar 12/14/2019 1:00:00 PM 12/14/2019 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Handmade Holiday Ornaments We will create beautiful ornaments with the help of natural forest materials, colorful ribbons and enticing smells. Take home a piece of Killens Pond for your tree that all will admire with both sight and smell. $4 per participant Killens Pond State Park

Survival Series: Shelter Building

Sunday, December 15, 2019

10:00 AM

Join naturalists for an informative sessions on wilderness survival. Learn the basics for preparing and starting (without a match or flint!), basic shelter building, and water collection and purification! Open to all ages, wear outdoor clothes. Cost: $5

Add to Calendar 12/15/2019 10:00:00 AM 12/15/2019 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Survival Series: Shelter Building Join naturalists for an informative sessions on wilderness survival. Learn the basics for preparing and starting (without a match or flint!), basic shelter building, and water collection and purification! Open to all ages, wear outdoor clothes. Cost: $5 Killens Pond State Park

Floral Design: Swag

Saturday, December 21, 2019

10:00 AM

Would you like personalized decorations for your home this winter? Join us at the nature center once a month for a floral class thought by Wendy Aycoth, long time designer and teacher. Each class has a unique theme and creation. Items will need to be brought and some will be provided. For more information on items needed and to sign up call the nature center at (302) 284-4299. $25 per class

Add to Calendar 12/21/2019 10:00:00 AM 12/21/2019 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Floral Design: Swag Would you like personalized decorations for your home this winter? Join us at the nature center once a month for a floral class thought by Wendy Aycoth, long time designer and teacher. Each class has a unique theme and creation. Items will need to be brought and some will be provided. For more information on items needed and to sign up call the nature center at (302) 284-4299. $25 per class Killens Pond State Park

Winter Break Day Camps

Monday, December 30, 2019

8:30 AM

Ages 6 – 10 Looking for something for your child to do while school is out? Join the nature center staff for nature themed day camps. Pre-registration is a must, we reserve the right to cancel if we have fewer than 5 participants. Call (302) 284-4299 for information or to register your child. Cost: $35/day

Add to Calendar 12/30/2019 8:30:00 AM 12/30/2019 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Winter Break Day Camps Ages 6 – 10 Looking for something for your child to do while school is out? Join the nature center staff for nature themed day camps. Pre-registration is a must, we reserve the right to cancel if we have fewer than 5 participants. Call (302) 284-4299 for information or to register your child. Cost: $35/day Killens Pond State Park

Winter Break Day Camps

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

8:30 AM

Ages 6 – 10 Looking for something for your child to do while school is out? Join the nature center staff for nature themed day camps. Pre-registration is a must, we reserve the right to cancel if we have fewer than 5 participants. Call (302) 284-4299 for information or to register your child. Cost: $35/day

Add to Calendar 12/31/2019 8:30:00 AM 12/31/2019 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Winter Break Day Camps Ages 6 – 10 Looking for something for your child to do while school is out? Join the nature center staff for nature themed day camps. Pre-registration is a must, we reserve the right to cancel if we have fewer than 5 participants. Call (302) 284-4299 for information or to register your child. Cost: $35/day Killens Pond State Park

First Day Hikes

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

1:00 PM

Join us at the nature center on the first day of the New Year for a hike. Due to the amazing turnout of previous years, we will hold multiple hikes of various lengths from the nature center. Dress for the weather and wear shoes for walking. Dogs on leash welcome! Free

Add to Calendar 1/1/2020 1:00:00 PM 1/1/2020 2:00:00 PM America/New_York First Day Hikes Join us at the nature center on the first day of the New Year for a hike. Due to the amazing turnout of previous years, we will hold multiple hikes of various lengths from the nature center. Dress for the weather and wear shoes for walking. Dogs on leash welcome! Free Killens Pond State Park

Winter Break Day Camps

Thursday, January 2, 2020

8:30 AM

Ages 6 – 10 Looking for something for your child to do while school is out? Join the nature center staff for nature themed day camps. Pre-registration is a must, we reserve the right to cancel if we have fewer than 5 participants. Call (302) 284-4299 for information or to register your child. Cost: $35/day

Add to Calendar 1/2/2020 8:30:00 AM 1/2/2020 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Winter Break Day Camps Ages 6 – 10 Looking for something for your child to do while school is out? Join the nature center staff for nature themed day camps. Pre-registration is a must, we reserve the right to cancel if we have fewer than 5 participants. Call (302) 284-4299 for information or to register your child. Cost: $35/day Killens Pond State Park

Winter Break Day Camps

Friday, January 3, 2020

8:30 AM

Ages 6 – 10 Looking for something for your child to do while school is out? Join the nature center staff for nature themed day camps. Pre-registration is a must, we reserve the right to cancel if we have fewer than 5 participants. Call (302) 284-4299 for information or to register your child. Cost: $35/day

Add to Calendar 1/3/2020 8:30:00 AM 1/3/2020 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Winter Break Day Camps Ages 6 – 10 Looking for something for your child to do while school is out? Join the nature center staff for nature themed day camps. Pre-registration is a must, we reserve the right to cancel if we have fewer than 5 participants. Call (302) 284-4299 for information or to register your child. Cost: $35/day Killens Pond State Park

Great Migrators

Saturday, January 11, 2020

7:30 AM

Delaware is an important stop for migrating birds along the Atlantic Flyway. Take a leisurely walk on the trail with a naturalist and try to spot some of the migrators that have made their way to Killens Pond. Wear suitable footwear and clothing for the conditions, this program will happen rain or shine, provided the trail is safe. Binoculars are highly recommended. Free

Add to Calendar 1/11/2020 7:30:00 AM 1/11/2020 8:30:00 AM America/New_York Great Migrators Delaware is an important stop for migrating birds along the Atlantic Flyway. Take a leisurely walk on the trail with a naturalist and try to spot some of the migrators that have made their way to Killens Pond. Wear suitable footwear and clothing for the conditions, this program will happen rain or shine, provided the trail is safe. Binoculars are highly recommended. Free Killens Pond State Park

Paint By Day Fundraiser

Saturday, January 11, 2020

1:00 PM

Pre-registration required. Sip wine and express your inner artist at this PaintNite fundraiser. Meet at the nature center and let experienced painters guide you through the creative process. No prior painting experience needed. Must be 21 or older. One glass provided- additional glasses may be purchased. $35 per participant

Add to Calendar 1/11/2020 1:00:00 PM 1/11/2020 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Paint By Day Fundraiser Pre-registration required. Sip wine and express your inner artist at this PaintNite fundraiser. Meet at the nature center and let experienced painters guide you through the creative process. No prior painting experience needed. Must be 21 or older. One glass provided- additional glasses may be purchased. $35 per participant Killens Pond State Park

Homeschool - Owl Adaptations

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

1:00 PM

Ages 6 – 12 Complete service projects and learn about nature! Dress for work and play. Pre-registration is required; Call (302) 284- 4299 Free

Add to Calendar 1/14/2020 1:00:00 PM 1/14/2020 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Homeschool - Owl Adaptations Ages 6 – 12 Complete service projects and learn about nature! Dress for work and play. Pre-registration is required; Call (302) 284- 4299 Free Killens Pond State Park

Friends of Killens Pond State Park Meeting

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

7:00 PM

The Friends of Killens Pond hold monthly meetings at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center on the second Tuesday of each month (except December). Attend one of our meetings to find out what the Friend’s Group is all about. We hope to see you soon!

Add to Calendar 1/14/2020 7:00:00 PM 1/14/2020 8:00:00 PM America/New_York Friends of Killens Pond State Park Meeting The Friends of Killens Pond hold monthly meetings at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center on the second Tuesday of each month (except December). Attend one of our meetings to find out what the Friend’s Group is all about. We hope to see you soon! Killens Pond State Park

Floral Design - Padded Basket

Saturday, January 18, 2020

10:00 AM

Would you like personalized decorations for your home this winter? Join us at the nature center once a month for a floral class thought by Wendy Aycoth, long time designer and teacher. Each class has a unique theme and creation. Items will need to be brought and some will be provided. For more information on items needed and to sign up call the nature center at (302) 284-4299. $25 per class

Add to Calendar 1/18/2020 10:00:00 AM 1/18/2020 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Floral Design - Padded Basket Would you like personalized decorations for your home this winter? Join us at the nature center once a month for a floral class thought by Wendy Aycoth, long time designer and teacher. Each class has a unique theme and creation. Items will need to be brought and some will be provided. For more information on items needed and to sign up call the nature center at (302) 284-4299. $25 per class Killens Pond State Park

Survival Series: Fire Starting

Sunday, January 19, 2020

10:00 AM

Join naturalists for an informative sessions on wilderness survival. Learn the basics for preparing and starting (without a match or flint!), basic shelter building, and water collection and purification! Open to all ages, wear outdoor clothes. Cost: $5

Add to Calendar 1/19/2020 10:00:00 AM 1/19/2020 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Survival Series: Fire Starting Join naturalists for an informative sessions on wilderness survival. Learn the basics for preparing and starting (without a match or flint!), basic shelter building, and water collection and purification! Open to all ages, wear outdoor clothes. Cost: $5 Killens Pond State Park

Winter Day Camps

Monday, January 20, 2020

8:30 AM

Ages 6 – 10 Looking for something for your child to do while school is out? Join the nature center staff for nature themed day camps. Pre-registration is a must, we reserve the right to cancel if we have fewer than 5 participants. Call (302) 284-4299 for information or to register your child. Cost: $35/day

Add to Calendar 1/20/2020 8:30:00 AM 1/20/2020 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Winter Day Camps Ages 6 – 10 Looking for something for your child to do while school is out? Join the nature center staff for nature themed day camps. Pre-registration is a must, we reserve the right to cancel if we have fewer than 5 participants. Call (302) 284-4299 for information or to register your child. Cost: $35/day Killens Pond State Park

Winter Day Camps

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

8:30 AM

Ages 6 – 10 Looking for something for your child to do while school is out? Join the nature center staff for nature themed day camps. Pre-registration is a must, we reserve the right to cancel if we have fewer than 5 participants. Call (302) 284-4299 for information or to register your child. Cost: $35/day

Add to Calendar 1/21/2020 8:30:00 AM 1/21/2020 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Winter Day Camps Ages 6 – 10 Looking for something for your child to do while school is out? Join the nature center staff for nature themed day camps. Pre-registration is a must, we reserve the right to cancel if we have fewer than 5 participants. Call (302) 284-4299 for information or to register your child. Cost: $35/day Killens Pond State Park

Wonders of the Wetlands

Saturday, February 1, 2020

1:00 PM

Join us at the Killens Pond Nature Center to meet some of our live reptiles and amphibians! We will talk about the wetland ecosystem here at Killens Pond. Free

Add to Calendar 2/1/2020 1:00:00 PM 2/1/2020 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Wonders of the Wetlands Join us at the Killens Pond Nature Center to meet some of our live reptiles and amphibians! We will talk about the wetland ecosystem here at Killens Pond. Free Killens Pond State Park

Winter Day Camps

Monday, February 3, 2020

8:30 AM

Ages 6 – 10 Looking for something for your child to do while school is out? Join the nature center staff for nature themed day camps. Pre-registration is a must, we reserve the right to cancel if we have fewer than 5 participants. Call (302) 284-4299 for information or to register your child. Cost: $35/day

Add to Calendar 2/3/2020 8:30:00 AM 2/3/2020 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Winter Day Camps Ages 6 – 10 Looking for something for your child to do while school is out? Join the nature center staff for nature themed day camps. Pre-registration is a must, we reserve the right to cancel if we have fewer than 5 participants. Call (302) 284-4299 for information or to register your child. Cost: $35/day Killens Pond State Park

Make-a-pot

Saturday, February 8, 2020

12:00 PM

Join State Parks’ archaeologists for this hands-on program to learn the basics of ceramic pottery using molding clay and why the invention of pottery was important to the Native people of the region. Each participant will be able to take their creation home with them. Space is limited and registration is required. Free

Add to Calendar 2/8/2020 12:00:00 PM 2/8/2020 1:00:00 PM America/New_York Make-a-pot Join State Parks’ archaeologists for this hands-on program to learn the basics of ceramic pottery using molding clay and why the invention of pottery was important to the Native people of the region. Each participant will be able to take their creation home with them. Space is limited and registration is required. Free Killens Pond State Park

The Archaeology of the Charles Tilton, Freeman

Saturday, February 8, 2020

2:00 PM

State Parks’ archaeologists share the story of Charles Tilton, a free Black farmer whose land is now part of Killens Pond State Park. This illustrated talk will review what we know from documents and objects about this family. Artifacts from the site will also be on display. If weather permits, there will be an optional opportunity to visit the site, please wear appropriate footwear. Free

Add to Calendar 2/8/2020 2:00:00 PM 2/8/2020 3:00:00 PM America/New_York The Archaeology of the Charles Tilton, Freeman State Parks’ archaeologists share the story of Charles Tilton, a free Black farmer whose land is now part of Killens Pond State Park. This illustrated talk will review what we know from documents and objects about this family. Artifacts from the site will also be on display. If weather permits, there will be an optional opportunity to visit the site, please wear appropriate footwear. Free Killens Pond State Park

Supermoon Walk

Saturday, February 8, 2020

6:30 PM

Wear your winter boots and dress warm for a hike through the woods to see what critters are out during the first Supermoon of the year. Flashlight or headlamp recommended. Meet at the campground amphitheater. Free

Add to Calendar 2/8/2020 6:30:00 PM 2/8/2020 7:30:00 PM America/New_York Supermoon Walk Wear your winter boots and dress warm for a hike through the woods to see what critters are out during the first Supermoon of the year. Flashlight or headlamp recommended. Meet at the campground amphitheater. Free Killens Pond State Park

Homeschool - Odd Couples

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

1:00 PM

Ages 6 – 12 Complete service projects and learn about nature! Dress for work and play. Pre-registration is required; Call (302) 284- 4299 Free

Add to Calendar 2/11/2020 1:00:00 PM 2/11/2020 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Homeschool - Odd Couples Ages 6 – 12 Complete service projects and learn about nature! Dress for work and play. Pre-registration is required; Call (302) 284- 4299 Free Killens Pond State Park

Friends of Killens Pond State Park Meeting

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

7:00 PM

The Friends of Killens Pond hold monthly meetings at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center on the second Tuesday of each month (except December). Attend one of our meetings to find out what the Friend’s Group is all about. We hope to see you soon!

Add to Calendar 2/11/2020 7:00:00 PM 2/11/2020 8:00:00 PM America/New_York Friends of Killens Pond State Park Meeting The Friends of Killens Pond hold monthly meetings at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center on the second Tuesday of each month (except December). Attend one of our meetings to find out what the Friend’s Group is all about. We hope to see you soon! Killens Pond State Park

Floral Design - Silk Flower Picture Frame

Saturday, February 15, 2020

10:00 AM

Would you like personalized decorations for your home this winter? Join us at the nature center once a month for a floral class thought by Wendy Aycoth, long time designer and teacher. Each class has a unique theme and creation. Items will need to be brought and some will be provided. For more information on items needed and to sign up call the nature center at (302) 284-4299. $25 per class

Add to Calendar 2/15/2020 10:00:00 AM 2/15/2020 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Floral Design - Silk Flower Picture Frame Would you like personalized decorations for your home this winter? Join us at the nature center once a month for a floral class thought by Wendy Aycoth, long time designer and teacher. Each class has a unique theme and creation. Items will need to be brought and some will be provided. For more information on items needed and to sign up call the nature center at (302) 284-4299. $25 per class Killens Pond State Park

Survival Series - Water Collection

Sunday, February 16, 2020

10:00 AM

Join naturalists for an informative sessions on wilderness survival. Learn the basics for preparing and starting (without a match or flint!), basic shelter building, and water collection and purification! Open to all ages, wear outdoor clothes. Cost: $5

Add to Calendar 2/16/2020 10:00:00 AM 2/16/2020 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Survival Series - Water Collection Join naturalists for an informative sessions on wilderness survival. Learn the basics for preparing and starting (without a match or flint!), basic shelter building, and water collection and purification! Open to all ages, wear outdoor clothes. Cost: $5 Killens Pond State Park

Winter Day Camps

Monday, February 17, 2020

8:30 AM

Ages 6 – 10 Looking for something for your child to do while school is out? Join the nature center staff for nature themed day camps. Pre-registration is a must, we reserve the right to cancel if we have fewer than 5 participants. Call (302) 284-4299 for information or to register your child. Cost: $35/day

Add to Calendar 2/17/2020 8:30:00 AM 2/17/2020 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Winter Day Camps Ages 6 – 10 Looking for something for your child to do while school is out? Join the nature center staff for nature themed day camps. Pre-registration is a must, we reserve the right to cancel if we have fewer than 5 participants. Call (302) 284-4299 for information or to register your child. Cost: $35/day Killens Pond State Park

Warm-up Your Winter Hike

Saturday, February 22, 2020

1:00 PM

Join us on a hike to warm up and get moving this winter. We will hike the Pondside Trail and explore how the animals and plants adapt to cold temperatures. Free

Add to Calendar 2/22/2020 1:00:00 PM 2/22/2020 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Warm-up Your Winter Hike Join us on a hike to warm up and get moving this winter. We will hike the Pondside Trail and explore how the animals and plants adapt to cold temperatures. Free Killens Pond State Park

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