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Trap Pond State Park

Sussex, Delaware

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  • A playground the park.- Trap Pond State Park
  • A swimming is prohibited at the pond.- Trap Pond State Park
  • The nature center.- Trap Pond State Park
  • The entrance to the Island Trail.- Trap Pond State Park
  • A bench along a trail in the woods.- Trap Pond State Park
  • A view out over the pond.- Trap Pond State Park
  • A group site located within the woods.- Trap Pond State Park
  • One of many small docks extending over the pond.- Trap Pond State Park
  • A trail through the woods.- Trap Pond State Park
  • A road running through the park.- Trap Pond State Park
  • Another trail through the park.- Trap Pond State Park
  • A wooden bridge crossing an area of the swamp.- Trap Pond State Park
  • A large soccer field.- Trap Pond State Park
  • A view of the cypress swamp.- Trap Pond State Park
  • Small cypress trees grow out of the pond.- Trap Pond State Park
  • A pavilion with a ring of picnic tables.- Trap Pond State Park
  • A view of the pond.- Trap Pond State Park
  • A small bridge leading to the boat ramp.- Trap Pond State Park
  • A view of the pond with some foliage in the foreground.- Trap Pond State Park
  • Cypress trees against a backdrop of forest.- Trap Pond State Park
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Pros: 
Nice facilities. Fun trails through the swamp.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Sussex, DE
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

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Trap Pond State Park is a remnant of what was once a vast expanse of wetlands covering much of the lower part of Delaware. It also boasts the title of the farthest northern location of any cypress swamp.

Some of the many features of the park include a campground and miles of trails through the different wetland environments, great fishing, boating, and horseback riding. There are also ample picnic tables and related facilities at the main day use area.

One could easily spend a full day hiking the various trails throughout the park, each providing the hiker with a different experience within the forests and swamp. In addition to foot trails, there are also horse trails and water trails through the pond and into the swamp. Hikers will be greeted by towering cypress trees, their roots erupting from the ground along the banks of the various water sources snaking through the swamp, as well as a vast array of birds and other wildlife.

At the main day use area there are plenty of picnic tables and pavilions for public use, and these are great for a small gathering or a large event. There are multiple small docks and piers located throughout the park that are perfect for fishing.

The pond located within the park was originally created in the 1700s in order to power a sawmill used in the logging of the cypress trees. The pond and nearby land was acquired by the federal government in the early 1930s, and it was made a state park in 1951, one of Delaware's first.

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