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.
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.
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
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.
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
Monday, June 22, 2020
Calling all adventurers! Put your survival skills to the test during the three overnight stays in our primitive camping area with planned nightly activities (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday night). Daytime activities will include hiking, canoeing, kayaking, and fishing at Trap Pond, along with trips for a sailing adventure on the Rehoboth Bay and visit to Cape Henlopen Beach.
Monday, June 29, 2020
Join us for Trap Pond’s first Cardboard Boat Challenge. Learn about the science behind cardboard boats. Build and test model size cardboard boats. Camp will conclude with the construction of the Day Camp Boat that the camp counselors will use to race in the Cardboard Boat Regatta at the Blades Marina this August.
Monday, July 6, 2020
Do you love arts and crafts? This is the camp for you. Enjoy adventures around the park to draw inspiration for your works of art. Paint pictures, do a variety of crafts, and even build a birdhouse to take home.
Monday, July 13, 2020
Beginners welcome for this spectacular camp. Learn the basics of knot tying, casting, and fish identification. We will fish from the banks, bridges, and docks as we learn about our aquatic pond life. Friday will feature our annual fishing tournament. Everyone’s a winner!
Monday, July 20, 2020
This traveling fishing camp is for our more experienced anglers. We will venture out to a new fishing hotspot each day. Bring your own gear or borrow ours. Destinations will include the Cape Henlopen Fishing Pier, the Nanticoke River, and a charter boat on the Atlantic Ocean.
Monday, July 27, 2020
This camp focuses on the wide array of creatures that live here at Trap Pond. We will travel to a local educational farm and have a guest appearance from our friends at the Brandywine Zoo. Our Trap Pond Partners will help campers learn about presenting a puppet show to an audience.
Monday, August 3, 2020
This camp is for those who aspire to work with animals or want to take good care of their pets. The animals we will learn about will include Monarch Butterflies, reptiles, domestic and even farm animals. Learn from animal care professionals.