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70 Years of Delaware State Parks

The year 2021 marks 70 years of operation for Delaware State Parks. Our state park system was instituted in 1951, when Delaware's legislature authorized three state parks: Trap Pond in Laurel, Fort Delaware in Delaware City, and Brandywine Springs in Wilmington. Trap Pond State Park became the first state park to admit visitors that same year.

Since 1951, Delaware State Parks have grown to include seventeen parks, five campgrounds, 150+ miles of trails, historic sites, a zoo, and much more. We are proud to celebrate 70 years of protecting and conserving Delaware’s natural and cultural resources.

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Share your Delaware State Parks Story

Our parks would not be the same without you, our visitors! Part of our mission is to provide Delaware's residents and visitors with safe and enjoyable recreational opportunities. To celebrate our 70th anniversary, we want to hear your stories of the meaningful experiences you have had in Delaware State Parks. Maybe you were married in a state park, or your family camps at one of the parks every year. Share your story and photos with us by using the form below!

We will be sharing your stories throughout the year. Everyone who submits a story will be entered to win a special anniversary giveaway.

Summer Surfing

Submitted by Nick Morris

In the summer of 1964, I started surfing on the North Side of Indian River Inlet. At that time we had to park in the grassy medium between the highways and walk across and down the embankment to get to the beach. This was a real nightmare on weekends and holidays because of all the cars and especially since we were carrying a 10-foot surfboard that weighed 25 lbs and you are only 5 ft 5 inches...

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Working for DE State Parks

Submitted by Janice Durham

I am happy to submit part of my State Parks Story. My entire story would take too long!!!! First of all, State Parks and I are the same age. Both of us are 70 Years Old (Young) this year!! I am so honored and happy to share this story about my experiences with our wonderful state parks...

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