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Pets allowed
Yes-restrictions
Guided tours
No
Backcountry camping
No
Lodging
No
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

General Day Use Fee

Pros

Nice facilities. Fun trails through the swamp.

Cons

None.

Address

Unnamed Road
Laurel, DE 19956
United States

Features

ADA accessible
Campgrounds + Campsites
Showers
Flushing toilets
Boat ramp(s)
Bicycling
Potable water
Picnic tables
Covered picnic areas
Baseball
Volleyball
Marina
Old-growth forest
Horseback riding
Playground
Bird watching
Wildlife

Site type

Full hookups
Cabins
Yurts

Location

Field Guide

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