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 bald cypress 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.
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 bald cypress trees in the United States. The pond was created in the late 1700's 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 1930's 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, hummingbirds, warblers, bald eagle or the elusive pileated woodpecker.
8 a.m. to sunset, year-round.
Park Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm
April through October office also open on weekends 8:00am-4:00pm
(Note: Many places fill to capacity on busy, nice weather days, especially holiday weekends. Please call ahead or visit the official website to get the most up-to-date information before visiting.)
March 1st to November 20th: Delaware registered vehicles ($3), out of state vehicles ($6)
Take advantage of the 90 acre pond with rentals of rowboats, pedal boats, sailboats, canoes or kayaks in the summer season and anglers can try their hand at fishing for the next big catch. Guided pontoon boat tours are available during the summer on weekends and holidays, as well as various specialized programming throughout the season. Enjoy a game of disc golf, while picnicking or enjoy a hike on one of the available nature trails. The Baldcypress Nature Center features a variety of displays and programs that will enhance any visit to the park. Camping is available from March 1st to Nov 30th. There is family style camping as well as cabins and yurts available for reservation. 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 new playground complex.