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Killens Pond State Park
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5025 Killens Pond Road
Felton, Delaware   19943

Phone: 302-284-4526
Toll Free: 302-739-9220
Reservations: 302-284-4526
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Natural and recreational opportunities abound at Killens Pond State Park, centrally located in the heart of Kent County. The park's centerpiece is the 66-acre millpond which features boating and fishing. The all new Killens Pond Water Park offers resort entertainment in a serene, natural setting. Only about an 1? hour drive from either the northern or southern boundary, Killens Pond makes a perfect home base for exploring the First State. Open year-round, the park's campground and cozy cabins are popular retreats no matter what the season.
History of the Area
The millpond was established in the late 1700's. Prior to the pond's creation, the Murderkill River and surrounding hardwood forest were sites of several Native American homes and hunting camps. According to legend, the river's unusual name refers to a local tribe's massacre of a Dutch trading party at the mouth of the river in 1648. Now a peaceful oasis, Killens Pond became a state park in 1965.
 Hiking Trailyes
 Swimming Beachyes
 Bike Trailsyes
BoatingLaunch Rampsyes
 Water/Electric Sitesyes

These family cabins sleep four and feature an efficiency kitchen with an eating area, bedroom, bath with shower, A/C, and heat. A picnic table, grill and porch are located outside. Cabin renters will receive a voucher for free one-hour boat rental.

The roomier, deluxe Pond View Cottage has extra amenities and an outstanding view of the Pond!

The cabins are available year round with a maximum stay of two consecutive weeks. During the summer season, from the Friday of Memorial Day weekend to the Friday of Labor Day weekend, cabins must be rented for a one week period beginning on Friday. All other times of the year cabins may be rented for any number of nights up to 14 days. All reservations for a Friday must also include a Saturday.Reservations are accepted up to seven (7) months prior to the date of arrival.

Since animals are not allowed in cabins, campers should not bring their pets.
Killens Pond State Park

The wooded campground is a popular attraction at Killens Pond. This year-round facility boasts 59 sites which feature electric and water hookups, accommodating both tents and recreational vehicles. In addition, there is a primitive camping loop for tents only which features 17 walk-in sites.
The new Killens Pond Water Park is not just a pool?it's an entirely new water experience! Gently sloping from ground level, the innovatively designed main pool's zero-depth entrance makes getting in and out easy. It also features three lap lanes along with exciting interactive water features such as the Floating Lily Pad Fun Walk. For maximum water excitement, two 27-foot high, 205-foot long twisting and turning water slides end in a specially designed splash pool. At the tot pool and tot lot, bubblers, ground water jets, small slides, and a pool-side waterplay system give smaller visitors lots of fun ways to enjoy a warm summer's day. After working up an appetite, hungry swimmers can enjoy a variety of menu items at the new food concession. The Swim Shop is the place for all your sunning and swimming needs.

Exploring by boat is easy, thanks to a convenient boat launching ramp. Canoes, rowboats, kayaks, and pedal boats can be rented during the summer.Boat Rental Hours.

Weekends in May, September and mid-October: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day:

Noon to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday

10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday through Sunday
Fishing and Boating

The pond is home to largemouth bass, catfish, carp, perch, crappie, bluegills, and pickerel, all of which await the patient angler. Exploring by boat is easy, thanks to a convenient boat launching ramp. Canoes, rowboats, kayaks, and pedal boats can be rented during the summer. The Murderkill River Canoe Trail provides a challenge for the more adventurous paddler.

Killens Pond State Park is located near Camden Wyoming, Dover and Felton

Killens Pond State Park offers numerous picnic areas with tables and grills. Picnic pavilions are available for rental.
Cyclists can enjoy the Pondside Trail, a smooth 2.6-mile loop offering scenic views around the pond's perimeter. For mountain biking enthusiasts, there are several miles of single-track trails winding through diverse terrain and forested areas within the park boundaries. These paths cater to various skill levels with some technical sections for more advanced riders.

Remember that helmets are required by Delaware law for all cyclists under age 18 and strongly recommended for all users regardless of age or experience level when exploring these routes on two wheels.
- Pondside Nature Trail: A 2.6-mile trail that circles the entire pond, offering beautiful views of wildlife and waterfowl; it is a relatively flat path suitable for all skill levels.

- Cross Country Course: This 3.1-mile course winds through forested areas around Killens Pond State Park with moderate elevation changes making it perfect for runners or hikers seeking more challenging terrain.

- Life Course Fitness Trail: An approximately one mile long loop featuring exercise stations along its length to provide an outdoor workout experience in addition to hiking opportunities.

- North Bike/Hike Loop & South Bike/Hike Loop Trails: These trails are each about three miles long, designed specifically for both bikers and hikers who want varied experiences on their journey across different terrains including woods and fields.

- Watershed Trail - At just under half a mile (0.4), this short but scenic route offers insights into how watersheds work while providing picturesque views over wetlands area within the park.

-Pond View Short Cut - As part of the larger Pond Side Nature trail system, this shortcut reduces your hike by roughly .8 miles if you're looking for something shorter yet still enjoyable with great pond vistas.

-Forest Landing Shortcut - Another option off from main nature trial at only .5 miles which provides alternative routes back towards picnic pavilions or camping grounds depending upon where you started out from initially within state park boundaries.

Birding enthusiasts can explore diverse habitats, including hardwood forests and wetlands. Common sightings include woodpeckers, warblers, and waterfowl. The park's pond attracts ducks, geese, and herons seasonally. Trails offer opportunities to spot migratory songbirds in spring and fall. Birdwatchers may also encounter raptors like hawks or bald eagles overhead.
Area Attractions
Recreational Activities

More recreational activities can be found throughout the woodlands and grassy fields surrounding the pond. Hiking trails and a cross-country running course wind through several types of habitat featuring native plants and animals. A number of game courts and ball fields satisfy the athlete, and an 18-hole disc golf course challenges players to test their skill with a flying disk. The Life Course Trail offers a healthy challenge. The 3.2-mile Pondside Trail is carpeted with pine needles and sand and winds along the banks of the park's 66-acre mill pond.

Playground equipment and picnic areas are the perfect place for pleasant lunch or dinner break and four pavilions can be reserved for larger group events. A bike path from Route 13 to the main entrance provides a leisurely passage into and out of the park. There is also a new extension that leads to the water park and sports complex areas.

A number of recreational programs are conducted during the summer. Autumn hayrides are available by reservation after Labor Day through mid-November, providing a memorable view of the vivid fall foliage.

Killens Pond Water Park

Located at Killens Pond State Park, Killens Pond Water Park is a summer fun experience for the whole family. Gently sloping from ground level, the innovatively-designed pool's zero-depth entrance provides easy access to the water. Three lap lanes give serious swimmers more than enough room to find their stroke. From the Mushroom Fountain to the adventure-filled Floating Lily Pad Fun Walk, the pool's exciting interactive water features give visitors of all ages plenty of reasons to head for the park.

Bubblers, ground water jets, small slides, and a pool-side waterplay system give smaller visitors lots of fun ways to enjoy a warm summer's day. The tot pool and tot lot are especially designed for younger swimmers.

For maximum water excitement, swirl down one of our two 27-foot high, 205-foot long twisting and turning water slides, ending with a splash in a specially designed splash pool. More trellises provide cooling shade around the main pool, while a large grassy area offers plenty of open areas for sunbathers. Relax at one of our picnic tables or enjoy an active game of "beach" volleyball on our sand court.

Swim Shop, Food and More!

After working up an appetite, hungry swimmers can enjoy a variety of scrumptious menu items at the food concession. And the Swim Shop is the place for all your sunning and swimming needs. We carry a variety of exclusive lines of swimwear, sun care products, and novelty items. The Water Park also features a bathhouse with showers, changing facilities, restrooms, and baby changing stations. Keeping accessibility in mind, lower hand and hair dryers, and lower toilet facilities are also available.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
July 21 one of our favorite water parks by Completely satisfied
park review stars; one to five We have been coming to the water park since 2004 and we just love it.
May 2 burned camper
park review stars; one to five Camp Ground is Great but if you take a shower beware the water is so hot you will not need soap very uncomfortable. also 10 oclock quiet time is a joke People where loud and up til 2 oclock hard to sleep
July 13 Not Good at all!!
park review stars; one to five Very dirty pool. It may be cheap, but not worth the money!
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Directions from Wilmington, Delaware:
- Start on I-95 S.
- Take exit 4A to merge onto DE-1 S toward Christiana/Mall Rd.
- Continue for about 40 miles.

From Dover, Delaware:
- Begin at US13-S/N Dupont Hwy.
- Turn right onto Scarborough Road after approximately two miles.
- Merge with Route One South via the ramp towards Beaches.

Once you are in Felton:
- Exit off of DE Rt. 12/Felton-Harrington Highway
- Proceed westward until Killens Pond Road intersection and turn left there.
- The park entrance is just a mile away down this road

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