Trap Pond State Park Loop

Laurel, Delaware 19956

Trap Pond State Park Loop

Trap Pond State Park Loop Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"An easy circuit hike on three park trails in a forest of stately conifers and hardwoods. Circle a pond and bald cypress swamp, the northernmost stand of bald cypress trees in the United States. Tucked in the southwest corner of rural Sussex County, Trap Pond State Park is a jewel of a state park. Amid broad, flat fields of wheat and soybeans, the park protects a wonderful 3,500-acre parcel of wetlands, forest, and bald cypress swamp. In an afternoon on the park’s trails, you can stroll through towering stands of loblolly pine and shady groves of oak, holly, dogwood, and sweet bay.

Among the trees and swamps, bird life is abundant; walk quietly and you are likely to see kingfishers, ducks, great blue herons, ospreys, hawks, kestrels, and a great variety of songbirds. Where the trail hugs the shoreline of the pond, there are great views of tall, thin-trunked bald cypress with their knobby roots bulging out of the shallows. Special considerations: Entrance fees are required during summer and on weekends and holidays in May, September, and October. Wear a cap, and thoroughly check your scalp and skin for ticks after your hike. During summer, bring a cap and sunglasses for the road portion of the loop."

Trap Pond State Park Loop Trip Reports

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1/7/2000
I really want to give this trail more stars because of the beauty of it, but I just can't bring myself to do it because the Boundary trail is, well, confusing. You start easily, along side Trap Pond itself, and amble along. I saw Blue Jays, Cardinals, many sparrows, and lots of squirrels. However, when the first part of the Boundary trail takes you to the road, that's when the fun starts. The road is a winding asphalt road and you're only guidance is a 3' tall post with a sign "Boundary trail" with an arrow. No guidance on how long you have to walk on the road, no instructions when to pick up the trail again, nothing but an arrow. So you walk and walk, and eventually come to a church and a cemetary. (Check out some of the gravestones, they are early 1900's.) You don't pick up the trail here, you make a left onto Whaley Rd and continue to a trailer with several horses. I happened to catch a glimpse of the downed, skewed post with an arrow down another road. So off I went for about a 1/4 of a mile before spying another post in an opening in the woods on the right, and that is the remainder of the trail. Also, many side paths intersect the Boundary trail, and that gets confusing as well. The trail then goes through campsites B and A, but I never would have known that without asking a guy who was out walking his dogs. This trail has its good parts, beautiful scenery as you walk along, and several tracks of deer and other forest creatures were abundant as the snow had not yet melted. This is a trail where horseback riding is allowed, so look out for you-know-what. But I give it three stars to do lack of signage, which could be fixed for about $20 by the State of Delaware.
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Trail Information

Laurel
Nearby City
4.8
Distance
Minimal
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
Year-round
Season
Trap Pond State Park
Local Contacts
USGS Trap Pond;
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