Swamp Forest Trail

New Castle County, Delaware

Distance2.1mi
Elevation Gain7ft
Trailhead Elevation50ft
Top52ft
Elevation Min/Max48/52ft
Elevation Start/End50/50ft

Swamp Forest Trail

Swamp Forest Trail is a hiking and biking trail in New Castle County, Delaware. It is 2.1 miles long and begins at 50 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 7 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. Along the trail there are piers and drinking water. This trail connects with the following: Little Jersey Trail and Connector Trail.

Swamp Forest Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"A long but easy hike through the woods around Delaware’s largest freshwater pond. Delaware’s largest freshwater pond, Lums Pond, was created in the early 1800s when St. Georges Creek was impounded to supply water for the locks of the new Chesapeake & Delaware Canal.

Today the pond covers 200 acres and is surrounded by oak forests, wetlands, and beaches. Swamp Forest Trail circles the entire pond, following the shoreline and occasionally drifting from the water’s edge into the forest and along the edges of a wooded swamp. Special considerations: Hunting is permitted in the park; check with the park office for season information."

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10/24/2015
We couldn't have asked for nicer weather or scenery than a clear mild fall day. The hike was, as promised, easy and long. Still, if we were going to do it again we would wear our hiking boots. We both did it in athletic shoes and nearly 8 miles of tree roots tenderized our feet more than we expected. We had a little trouble finding the starting point. We parked at the nature center (the trail guide has a name for it but the signage at the park just said nature center). The guide says the trail starts at the extreme right of the picnic tables but fails to mention that it starts on the other side of the road from the parking lot and tables. A great fall day.
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6/16/2007
meh...a nice long walk but not very challenging or exciting. still, if you're looking to walk 7 flat miles in delaware, this may be for you.
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11/5/2006
We hike this trail often and think it's a wonderfully kept secret. The trail, for the most part, follows the shoreline of the pond which makes for great scenery. Entrance fees are only charged May - Oct. After that it's free to all.
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3/4/2006
Trail is pretty flat with only a few minor uphill climbs. Bring a map, though, as the trail is not well marked in some areas and it is easy to get heading in the wrong direction
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7/10/2004
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9/29/2000
Swamp Forest Trail was a nice hike. I did it with my 10 year old daughter, and she did fine (the last mile was a bit tough for her). The day was warm and we saw several great blue herons and some turtles. No difficult climbing involved, the trail was basically flat and easy to stay on.
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Trail Information

New Castle County
Nearby City
Easy
Skill Level
Lums Pond State Park
Local Contacts
USGS St. Georges;
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Sep 2018