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Trap Pond State Park


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.

Featured Program: The Park after Dark

Enjoy the park after hours on a lantern-lit hike. Hear folktales from times gone by. Register at least 48 hours in advance. Also offered October 18. Free Friday, October 25, 2019 at 6:00 PM

Add to Calendar 10/25/2019 6:00:00 PM America/New_York Featured Program: The Park after Dark Enjoy the park after hours on a lantern-lit hike. Hear folktales from times gone by. Register at least 48 hours in advance. Also offered October 18. Free Trap Pond State Park


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

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.

Baldcypress Nature Center

Baldcypress nature center interior animal displays

Discover the story of the northernmost natural stand of baldcypress trees on the east coast at Trap Pond’s Baldcypress Nature Center. You’ll find programs for park guests of all ages and learn about the history of one of Delaware’s original state parks.

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

Upcoming Events

Featured Program: The Park after Dark

Friday, October 25, 2019

6:00 PM

Enjoy the park after hours on a lantern-lit hike. Hear folktales from times gone by. Register at least 48 hours in advance. Also offered October 18. Free

Add to Calendar 10/25/2019 6:00:00 PM America/New_York Featured Program: The Park after Dark Enjoy the park after hours on a lantern-lit hike. Hear folktales from times gone by. Register at least 48 hours in advance. Also offered October 18. Free Trap Pond State Park

Trap Pond Partners Meeting

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

7:00 PM

The Trap Pond Partners meet at the nature center on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. The partners are dedicated of the preservation of the park and community involvement. Visit www.trappondpartners.com/

Add to Calendar 11/13/2019 7:00:00 PM 11/13/2019 8:30:00 PM America/New_York Trap Pond Partners Meeting The Trap Pond Partners meet at the nature center on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. The partners are dedicated of the preservation of the park and community involvement. Visit www.trappondpartners.com/ Trap Pond State Park

Featured Program: Festive Fall Wreath Making

Saturday, November 16, 2019

1:00 PM

Make your own festive wreath for the season! Supplies will be provided. Call to register at least 48 hours in advance. $10 per person

Add to Calendar 11/16/2019 1:00:00 PM America/New_York Featured Program: Festive Fall Wreath Making Make your own festive wreath for the season! Supplies will be provided. Call to register at least 48 hours in advance. $10 per person Trap Pond State Park

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