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Trap Pond State Park
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33587 Baldcypress Lane
Laurel, Delaware   19956

Phone: 302-875-5153
Toll Free: 302-739-9220
Reservations: 302-875-2392
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Delaware's Cypress Swamp

Freshwater wetlands once covered a large portion of southwestern Sussex County. Trap Pond State Park retains a part of the swamp's original beauty and mystery, and features the northernmost natural stand of baldcypress trees in the United States. The pond was created in the late 1700s to power a sawmill during the harvest of large baldcypress from the area. The Federal Government later 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.

Visitors have many opportunities to explore the natural beauty of the wetland forest. Hiking trails surround the pond, providing opportunities to glimpse native animal species and many flowering plants. Birdwatching is a popular activity and the observant hiker may spot a Great Blue Heron, owl, hummingbird, warbler, Bald Eagle or the elusive Pileated Woodpecker.


Playground at Trap PondIn addition to the natural attractions, the park offers a variety of recreational activities. Experience the wonders of southern woodlands along the 4.9-mile Boundary Trail that skirts the park's 90-acre pond. The Baldcypress Nature Center features a variety of displays and programs that will enhance any visit to the park. Picnic areas overlook the pond and three pavilions may be reserved for group events. Volleyball courts and horseshoe pits encourage active competition among friends, and children will enjoy the playground complex.
History of the Area
Located in Laurel, Delaware, the park was established in 1951. It is home to one of the largest surviving fragments of a wetland forest that once covered much more extensive areas along Delmarva Peninsula's western edge.

The pond itself dates back to late 18th century when it was created as part of an industrial millpond for powering sawmills. The area became less industrially significant with advancements in technology and transportation during mid-19th century.

In early 20th century, efforts were made by private owners and state agencies alike towards preserving this unique ecosystem from further degradation due to logging activities or agricultural expansion.

During Great Depression era (1930s), Civilian Conservation Corps workers built recreational facilities here which laid foundation for its future status as a public recreation site under Department Of Natural Resources And Environmental Control's jurisdiction since post-WWII period.

Today it offers visitors various outdoor activities like camping, hiking trails through bald cypress swamps besides boating opportunities on Trap Pond waters teeming with freshwater fish species such as largemouth bass etc., making it popular among nature enthusiasts all year round.

 Hiking Trailyes
 Swimming Beachyes
 Bridle Trailsyes
BoatingLaunch Rampsyes
 Water/Electric Sitesyes

Visitors who wish to stay overnight at the park may camp at one of the 142 campsites on the pond's northern shore. 130 of the sites are equipped with water and electric hookups. Tents and recreational vehicles can both be accommodated beneath the tall loblolly pines. Two primitive camping areas are also available for youth groups by reservation only.

There are also yurts available at the park. Yurts are round stationary structures with canvas walls that feature: a single and double bed bunked together, a double bed size futon, and outdoor seating area, and outdoor deck. Yurts are a fun and easy alternative to pitching a tent yourself, but still allow you to experience the rustic feel of camping outdoors. Perfect for the new camper in your family. Some restrictions do apply; please contact the park office for additional information.

Trap Pond also offers Camping Cabins for your enjoyment.

The Trap Pond State Park oversees 2,685 acres of land that offer recreational opportunities to the public. Nearby Trussum Pond is nationally known for its scenic baldcypress stands and the James Branch Nature Preserve, downstream from Trap and Trussum Ponds, features some of the largest baldcypress trees in the state. In addition, the Barnes Woods Nature Preserve south of Seaford offers a self-guided nature trail through hardwood forests, along a tidal stream. A visit to the wetlands of Trap Pond State Park treats each guest to a wonderland of spectacular beauty.
Boating among the baldcypress is a favorite pastime at the park. Rowboats, pedal boats, canoes and kayaks can be rented during the summer season, and the park interpreter hosts narrated pontoon boat tours on weekends and holidays, from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. A boat launching ramp can accommodate small motorized boats for fishing or scenic excursions. Anglers on the water or shore may land largemouth bass, pickerel, crappie, and bluegills. One of the streams that flows out of Trap Pond has been marked as a wilderness canoe trail for those who wish to explore the swamp's interior.
Anglers on the water or shore may land largemouth bass, pickerel, crappie, and bluegills. One of the streams that flows into Trap Pond has been marked as a wilderness canoe trail for those who wish to explore the swamp's interior.

Trap Pond State Park is located near Berlin, Georgetown and Laurel

- American Holly Trail: A 0.6-mile trail that offers views of the pond and a variety of plant species, including holly trees.

- Bob Trail: This is an easy to moderate level hiking path spanning about 5 miles around Trap Pond; it's perfect for bird watching and observing wildlife in their natural habitat.

- Boundary Line Nature Preserve Loop: An approximately 4.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail featuring beautiful wildflowers, primarily used for walking, nature trips, and mountain biking.

- Cypress Point Trail: At just under half a mile long (0.3), this short route provides stunning vistas over the water with opportunities to see local birds like herons or egrets up close from observation decks along its length.

-Loblolly Interpretive Hiking Pathway : It's only one-third of a mile but takes you through some interesting wetland areas where turtles are often spotted sunning themselves on logs near the pathway edges.

-Pondside Nature Walkway : Just shy at .9 miles ,this walk gives visitors access to fishing spots as well as picnic tables scattered throughout making it ideal spot for families looking forward spending quality time together outdoors.

-Swamp Forest Trails - These trails run roughly two-miles each way across various landscapes within park boundaries offering unique perspectives into diverse ecosystems found here such swamp forests home many rare plants animals alike

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
June 3 Lots of nature by OB FAMILY
park review stars; one to five Have your kids take a camera and fill it with so many kinds of natural loving things. This trip will always be in their hearts and we will be back.
August 19 Very Clean and a Friendly Park by Rose
park review stars; one to five I do have a concern as to not being able to check in until 1:00. When the lot is empty and you have paid for that lot. Then you should be able to check in at 8:00 when your store opens. I can see if someone is on that lot from the night before and you have to rake it. But if that is empty from the night before why not let the camper check in. After all you are paying for the entire day and only getting from 1:00 on.
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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 by heading south on US Route 13 (N Dupont Hwy).
- Turn right onto Scarborough Road and continue until you reach the intersection with State Route One/DE Highway 1.
- Merge left towards Milford/Sussex County Beaches via ramp to DE Highway one Southbound.

Continuing from both routes:

From either route above follow these steps once in Sussex county:

- Stay on this road for approximately another forty-five minutes
- You will pass through several small towns including Ellendale and Georgetown
- After passing Laurel High School turn Left at Trap Pond Road

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