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Trap Pond State Park


Tropical Storm Isaias Advisories

The latest weather projections from the National Weather Service have the major impacts of the storm hitting Delaware in the early morning hours of Tuesday, August 4th, sometime around 2 a.m., and continuing through Tuesday evening. This weather event includes heavy rains, minor coastal flooding and sustained winds of 40 to 50 miles per hour, with higher gusts.

Camping Advisory: We recommend that you take all necessary precautions to secure and protect your camping equipment and if possible, move to higher ground during this period. A liberal cancellation policy is in effect; cancellations may be made by contacting 1-877-987-2757. Full refunds will be issued for all cancellations.

Surf Fishing and Swimming Advisory: All surf fishing crossings will close at sunset on Monday, August 3, and all guarded swimming beaches are closed Tuesday, August 4. In addition, the Killens Pond Water Park is also closed on Tuesday, August 4, with refunds for any advanced tickets purchased.

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 is holding an amateur photo contest at Trap Pond State Park in memory of Kenneth (Ken) O’Neal who was an active member. The contest will run from June 1st through September 15th. Photos must be taken at Trap Pond State Park or its’ managed areas of Trussum Pond or Barns Woods. Winning photos will be displayed at the Nature Center for the Partners annual meeting in November. For more information and to register please visit 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.

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

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

Family Programs By Appointment

Select programs are available by appointment only for families and household groups. Wagon Rides, Dipnetting, and Tree Hikes are available at no charge. Family and Household Pontoon Tours are $50 per tour. Please contact the nature center at 302-875-5163 to register.

Upcoming Events

Daybreak Birding

Saturday, January 29, 2022

6:45 AM

One of the best times to view Trap's winter waterfowl is before the sun hits the horizon. On these select days we will open the main parking area gate at 6:45 am. Look for the naturalists lantern at the edge of the pond for information on our wonderful winter birds. Free

Add to Calendar America/New_York Daybreak Birding One of the best times to view Trap's winter waterfowl is before the sun hits the horizon. On these select days we will open the main parking area gate at 6:45 am. Look for the naturalists lantern at the edge of the pond for information on our wonderful winter birds. Free Trap Pond State Park

Daybreak Birding

Saturday, February 5, 2022

6:45 AM

One of the best times to view Trap's winter waterfowl is before the sun hits the horizon. On these select days we will open the main parking area gate at 6:45 am. Look for the naturalists lantern at the edge of the pond for information on our wonderful winter birds. Free

Add to Calendar America/New_York Daybreak Birding One of the best times to view Trap's winter waterfowl is before the sun hits the horizon. On these select days we will open the main parking area gate at 6:45 am. Look for the naturalists lantern at the edge of the pond for information on our wonderful winter birds. Free Trap Pond State Park

Saturday Morning Bird Walk

Saturday, February 5, 2022

8:00 AM

Meet us at the nature center for a leisurely walk around the picnic area and spillway to learn the basics of birding. Call the Baldcypress Nature Center at 302-875-5163 with questions. Free

Add to Calendar America/New_York Saturday Morning Bird Walk Meet us at the nature center for a leisurely walk around the picnic area and spillway to learn the basics of birding. Call the Baldcypress Nature Center at 302-875-5163 with questions. Free Trap Pond State Park

Bethesda Church and Cemetery Tour

Sunday, February 6, 2022

2:00 PM

Meet at the Bethesda Church parking area to tour the church and cemetery. Learn about the tight-knit community that was here before the park. Call the nature center at 302-875-5163 to reserve your spot. Free

Add to Calendar America/New_York Bethesda Church and Cemetery Tour Meet at the Bethesda Church parking area to tour the church and cemetery. Learn about the tight-knit community that was here before the park. Call the nature center at 302-875-5163 to reserve your spot. Free Trap Pond State Park

Three Square Meals

Saturday, February 12, 2022

1:00 PM

Tour some original Civilian Conservation Corps structures at Trap Pond State Park. Learn how these young men impacted the state and the nation. Call the Baldcypress Nature Center at 302-875-5163 with questions. Free

Add to Calendar America/New_York Three Square Meals Tour some original Civilian Conservation Corps structures at Trap Pond State Park. Learn how these young men impacted the state and the nation. Call the Baldcypress Nature Center at 302-875-5163 with questions. Free Trap Pond State Park

History Wagon Ride

Saturday, February 12, 2022

4:00 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. $6 for adults, $3 for children under 13

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Add to Calendar 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. $6 for adults, $3 for children under 13 Trap Pond State Park

Indoor Seed Starting

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

5:00 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 instruction. Feel free to bring your own favorite seeds for a customized garden. $12 per person

Register Online

Add to Calendar 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 instruction. Feel free to bring your own favorite seeds for a customized garden. $12 per person Trap Pond State Park

Draw Knife Hiking Staffs

Thursday, February 17, 2022

2:00 PM

Learn to use a draw knife and shave horse to safely fashion your own personalized hiking staff. This program is ideal for ages 12 and up. $8 per person

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Add to Calendar America/New_York Draw Knife Hiking Staffs Learn to use a draw knife and shave horse to safely fashion your own personalized hiking staff. This program is ideal for ages 12 and up. $8 per person Trap Pond State Park

Winter Stargazing

Thursday, February 17, 2022

5:00 PM

Join us at Cypress Point for an evening of stargazing. Binoculars will be provided, but feel free to bring your own optics, including telescopes. A park naturalist will be onsite to point out some of the more interesting celestial bodies. Cypress Point gate will be open for access until 10 pm. Gate will be locked promptly at 10:15 pm. Call the Nature Center at 302-875-5163 to register. Free

Add to Calendar America/New_York Winter Stargazing Join us at Cypress Point for an evening of stargazing. Binoculars will be provided, but feel free to bring your own optics, including telescopes. A park naturalist will be onsite to point out some of the more interesting celestial bodies. Cypress Point gate will be open for access until 10 pm. Gate will be locked promptly at 10:15 pm. Call the Nature Center at 302-875-5163 to register. Free Trap Pond State Park

American Holly Hike

Saturday, February 19, 2022

1:00 PM

Take a short guided hike on our American Holly Trail. Learn about the namesake tree and its importance in Delaware forests and Delaware history. Call the Baldcypress Nature Center at 302-875-5163 with questions. Free

Add to Calendar America/New_York American Holly Hike Take a short guided hike on our American Holly Trail. Learn about the namesake tree and its importance in Delaware forests and Delaware history. Call the Baldcypress Nature Center at 302-875-5163 with questions. Free Trap Pond State Park

History Wagon Ride

Saturday, February 19, 2022

4:00 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. $6 for adults, $3 for children under 13

Register Online

Add to Calendar 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. $6 for adults, $3 for children under 13 Trap Pond State Park

Indoor Seed Starting

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

5:00 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 instruction. Feel free to bring your own favorite seeds for a customized garden. $12 per person

Register Online

Add to Calendar 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 instruction. Feel free to bring your own favorite seeds for a customized garden. $12 per person Trap Pond State Park

Daybreak Birding

Saturday, February 26, 2022

6:45 AM

One of the best times to view Trap's winter waterfowl is before the sun hits the horizon. On these select days we will open the main parking area gate at 6:45 am. Look for the naturalists lantern at the edge of the pond for information on our wonderful winter birds. Free

Add to Calendar America/New_York Daybreak Birding One of the best times to view Trap's winter waterfowl is before the sun hits the horizon. On these select days we will open the main parking area gate at 6:45 am. Look for the naturalists lantern at the edge of the pond for information on our wonderful winter birds. Free Trap Pond State Park

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