December 1, 2020
By William Koth, Interpretive Programs Manager at Trap Pond State Park
Trap Pond State Park offers over 12 miles of scenic hiking and biking trails. Trails and combinations of trails are available for visitors of all skill levels and abilities. Hikers, bicyclists, bird watchers, fitness buffs, solitude seekers and all combinations of, can find the perfect trail.
Check out these trails on your next outdoor adventure at Trap Pond State Park!
Named after Delaware’s State Tree, this 0.7-mile trail winds through upland pine and deciduous forest, as well as groves of its namesake. The major length of this trail is hard-packed stone dust, making it perfect for strollers or a family bicycle trip. The American Holly trail intersects with the Huckleberry, Bob, and Island Trails for those looking to extend their hiking or bicycling excursions. The Baldcypress Nature Center makes the perfect starting point for the trail.
The Bob Trail is named after former Delaware State Senator Robert Venables, Sr. A native of Sussex County, “Bob” was a dedicated supporter of parks and natural areas. This “flagship trail” at Trap Pond allows hikers and bicyclists to see a little of everything Trap Pond has to offer within a 4.6-mile trail. The Bob Trail intersects numerous other trails in the park allowing users to lengthen or shorten their trips as desired. This trail is easily accessed from the campground and all major parking areas in the park.
This 0.5-mile trail meanders along the pond edge and offers numerous scenic views of the northernmost Baldcypress swamp in the United States. The trail is ideal for all levels of hiking and biking fitness. An unnamed connector trail can be taken on the return, allowing you to make this a loop hike. Park at the Cypress Point parking area to access this trail.
One of the park’s more rugged trails, this 1.9-mile trail is a favorite with horseback riders, mountain bikers and anyone with an adventurous spirit. Keep an eye out for white-tailed deer, pileated woodpeckers, and other wildlife. At Raccoon Pond, hop onto the Bob Trail for your return to make this a great loop hike. The Huckleberry Trail intersects both the American Holly and Bob Trail. Park in the Day Use Area parking for best access to the Huckleberry Trail.
This short, 0.6-mile loop with packed earth surface follows along the water’s edge. Footbridges allow access to a small island where side trails lead to benches along the edge of the pond. While hiking, keep an eye out for one of the larger Cypress Trees within the main park. The Island Trail intersects the Bob and American Holly Trail. Park in the Day Use Area parking then follow the Bob trail east to access this trail.
The Raccoon Pond Trail is perfect for those wanting a little more solitude and challenge. This trail meanders along the eastern edge of Raccoon Pond then leads to a higher, new growth forest. Keep an eye out for clues such as old cemeteries and worn fence posts that denote this area’s agricultural heritage. While the distance is only 1.7 miles, be aware that there are no loop options. From the parking area to the end of the trail and back will total over 4 miles of mostly unimproved trail. Park in the Bethesda Church parking lot, then walk west on the Bob Trail to access this trail.
While the trails are well marked and easy to follow, it is highly recommended that trail users, especially those new to the park, carry a physical trail map and a compass. If you must use a map stored on an electronic device, be sure to download the map prior to hitting the trail and have a full charge. Maps are available both online and at the park office and nature center. Do not hesitate to call or contact a park staff member with questions about the trails or for a recommendation on what trail/combination of trails will best fit your needs for adventure.