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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Monday, June 28, 2021
Campers will become experienced anglers! Learn the various bait types, fish species and knots needed to become excellent fisherman! We will fish from the bank, docks and our pontoon boat during the week. A fishing tournament will be held at the end of the week to show off our new skills.
Monday, July 5, 2021
For more experienced anglers. Alternate techniques, including fly fishing, will be taught and used. We will also hand-make our own lures, rigs, and other fishing equipment.
Monday, July 12, 2021
Do you love arts and crafts? This is the camp for you. Enjoy adventures around the park to draw inspiration for your works of art. Paint, sculpt and craft.
Monday, July 19, 2021
This camp focuses on the wide array of creatures that live here at Trap Pond. Learn how to effectively and safely view and observe the many types of wildlife at Trap Pond State Park.
Monday, July 26, 2021
This camp is for those who aspire to work with animals or want to take good care of their pets. The animals we will learn about will include Monarch Butterflies, reptiles, domestic and even farm animals.