An Island Getaway in Southern Delaware

One of my favorite destinations is Trap Pond State Park in southern Delaware. The pond was dammed in the late 18th century to power a saw mill. In the 1930s the area was developed for recreation by the Civilian Conservation Corps and it has been a Delaware State Park since 1951.

A unique feature of Trap Pond is that it holds the northernmost natural stand of bald cypress in the United States. The cypress swamp surrounding the open water of the pond is said to be typical of southern Delaware before the arrival of white settlers.

There are 130 campsites with full hookups and 12 more primitive walk-in sites.  Additionally, there are rental yurts and cabins available for indoor lodging.

Two of the walk-in sites are situated on a small island reached by a footbridge. On my most recent trip I had the island to myself, which provided solitude with ready access to potable water and a warm shower. As dusk settled, my surroundings came alive with the calls of hundreds of frogs; from the deep bellows of the bulls to the treble peeps of frogs no bigger than the tip of my pinky, I enjoyed a natural symphony as the campfire faded to coals.

In addition to camping, Trap Pond State Park offers many other recreational opportunities. Canoes and kayaks are available to rent for exploring the pond and/or a marked water trail along a tributary stream. There is also an extensive network of multiuse trails. I was able to plan my route to enter and leave the park on these crushed stone paths. 

Trap Pond State Park is about 20 miles away from my home in Salisbury, Maryland. It would be about a 45-mile trip from Easton, Maryland; 35 miles from Ocean City, Maryland; and 50 miles from Dover, Deleware.

Get more information about bike overnights.

Tip for this adventure: At the southeastern corner of the park there is a restored 19th-century country church. This video tells the story of its restoration.

Favorite local bike shop: Salisbury Cycle and Fitness.

2 responses so far ↓

Alan - Mar 19, 2015 at 7:07 PM

Thank you for this article. I live between Salisbury and Berlin and I'm gearing up to start doing overnights on the Eastern Shore. Trap Pond is close enough that it would make a great first trip.

Tim Dale - Apr 4, 2017 at 3:42 PM

Camped at Trap last year as part of the ACA Bike Travel Weekend. Started at home in Deal Island Friday, camped overnight at Trap, then did the Bike N Brew ride Saturday out of Laurel, Delaware.

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