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Trap Pond State Park


Trap Pond Boat Ramp Closure Notice

Effective 1/6/24, our boat ramp will be temporarily closed for approximately 8-10 weeks due to spillway repairs, including a necessary drawdown of water. We value your understanding and cooperation during this time as we work to make improvements. For alternative boat launch options please visit https://dnrec.delaware.gov/fish-wildlife/fishing/access/

Find Your Adventure at Trap Pond

Kayakers paddle the Terrapin Branch Water Trail at Trap Pond State Park

Paddle the Pond

Take in the sights, sounds, and smells as you journey into the cypress swamp. Paddle a canoe or kayak down the Terrapin Branch Water Trail to get up close and personal with the baldcypress trees and the diverse flora and fauna that live there.

Passengers njoying a pontoon boat tour at Trap Pond State Park

Take a Pontoon Tour

Join a park staff member and board a pontoon boat to travel across the pond and into the cypress swamp. Learn about the history and wildlife of the park from the comfort of an elevated pontoon boat.

View from the water along the Bob Trail

Explore the Bob Trail

Hike or bike the 4.6-mile Bob Trail through the park. The trail is an excellent place for birdwatching, and you’ll enjoy pondside views of the cypress swamp. Visitors can enjoy free bike rentals during the summer months.

The Baldcypress Nature Center at Trap Pond State Park

Visit the Baldcypress

Trap Pond has a rich history that has shaped the culture and community of the area. Stop by the Baldcypress Nature Center to discover past cultures and learn about the importance of watersheds.

Fall foliage at Trap Pond State Park

Experience the Seasons

Trap Pond State Park is different every season! Witness the beauty of the pond year-round as you enjoy fall foliage, fresh winter snowfall, spring frog calls or summer nesting songbirds.

Tent camping among the trees at Trap Pond State Park

Superintendent’s Pick: Camping

Plan a getaway to Trap Pond State Park! The park’s peaceful campground has tent sites, RV sites, cabins, and yurts. See beautiful fall colors from your campsite, catch a sunset from Cypress Point, hear the calls of owls and migrating birds, or watch falling snow from the warmth of your cabin.

About the Park

Once used as an industrial logging pond starting in the late 1700s, Trap Pond is home to the northern-most, naturally occurring, stand of Baldcypress trees. Trap Pond hosts a high diversity of plant and tree species and is an excellent fishery for bass and other warm-water fish species. The park boasts nearly nine miles of canoe and kayak trails, and kayaks, canoes, boats and paddleboards are available for rent. A ramp allows boaters to launch and fishing docks are available at multiple locations. Guided tours of the cypress swamp, numerous cemeteries and an1800s church tell the history of the area. Birders and wildlife watchers can enjoy the plentiful woodlands while more than 12 miles of trails await hikers, bikers and equestrians. The campground features tent and RV sites along with cabins and yurts for a variety of woodland stays. Disc golf, playgrounds, pavilions, a picnic area and two primitive youth camps round out the recreation opportunities. The Baldcypress Nature Center which offers exhibits and interpretive programs about the park’s natural and cultural history, is also available for special event rentals.

Amateur Photo Contest

Trap Pond Partners' Third Annual Amateur Photo Contest started in September and will run through mid-August 2024. As with last year's contest, pictures from all seasons at Trap Pond and its' properties, Trussum Pond and Barns Woods can be used.

The goal of the contest is for people to enjoy the beauty of the park and all the views it has to offer throughout the year. Photography is a great way to value extraordinary memories.

The contest is for the young and adults. Two groups- Youth (12 years and under) and Adult (13 years and older) participate. This year, in addition to First Place winners for each season in each group, there will also be Honorable Mention for each season.

Placards (information sheet), rules and regulations can be found at the Camp Store and Nature Center or at the Trap Pond Partners web site.

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, a popular island tent site, 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

Reader's Digest recommends Trap Pond's campground as the most scenic campsite in Delaware.

Family and Group Tours

Select programs including boating trips, wagon rides, and guided tours are available by appointment for families and groups. Please contact the nature center at (302) 875-5163 for group cost, availability, and to schedule your tour.

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.

Nature Preserve

Barnes Woods 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

History Wagon Ride

Friday, February 23, 2024

3:00 PM

Our wagon is pulled by a blue Ford tractor. Past residents didn't have it as easy. Learn about the park's past people and history alongside a warm fire after the ride. Adults $10, children age 12 and under $4. Register online.

Register Online

Add to Calendar 2/23/2024 3:00:00 PM 2/23/2024 4:30:00 PM America/New_York History Wagon Ride Our wagon is pulled by a blue Ford tractor. Past residents didn't have it as easy. Learn about the park's past people and history alongside a warm fire after the ride. Adults $10, children age 12 and under $4. Register online. Trap Pond

Indoor Seed Starting

Thursday, February 29, 2024

6:00 PM

Get your seeds started indoors for a jump start on the growing season.Starting flats, media, and a variety of seeds will be provided along with instructions. Feel free to bring your own favorite seeds for a customized garden. Price is $15, register online.

Register Online

Add to Calendar 2/29/2024 6:00:00 PM 2/29/2024 7:00:00 PM America/New_York Indoor Seed Starting Get your seeds started indoors for a jump start on the growing season.Starting flats, media, and a variety of seeds will be provided along with instructions. Feel free to bring your own favorite seeds for a customized garden. Price is $15, register online. Trap Pond

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