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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.

Amature 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.


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


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

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 $20 per tour. Please contact the nature center at 302-875-5163 to register.

Upcoming Events

There are currently no programs scheduled at this location

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