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“Great Place for Camping and Bald Cypress Knees”

Trap Pond State Park
Ranked #46 of 385 things to do in Delaware
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 29 June 2014

My husband, my 89yr old mom and myself spent 4 days camping at Trap Pond State Park. My mom was amazed at how tall and how densely the trees grew. We were in the B loop which others avoid since it is near the playground. We really enjoyed it there though. The kids played during the day and were quiet as soon as (or even before) quiet time started. We enjoyed canoeing the pond and seeing the "knees" up close. We lived in Louisiana for 3 years and this was very reminiscent of that area. It was surprising to see it so far up north. On the "main" side of the park is the interpretive center staffed with a man who is very knowledgeable about the area and very friendly. In fact all the staff we encountered were very nice. They even have bikes near the camp office they will loan out for free (donation suggested for upkeep) for a one hour trip. We camped in a travel trailer and we'll be back for sure. By the way the restrooms were clean - something we always check when we camp somewhere.

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Reviewed 25 June 2014

We had GPS on my phone, but a few well placed signs would really have been appreciated. We made a special trip from our beach vacation so that I could go boating on my birthday. We were disappointed to learn that it was 11AM when we arrived and the boat house would not open till 1PM. The park seemed very clean and pretty once we arrived.

2  Thank Fox252
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

This was our first time tent camping. We loved the privacy space between the camping sites. There is water access, not drinking water! We didnt have a problem with people making noise after quiet hours. I mean after quiet hour began it was very quiet. Parking access to site, not bad at all. The only thing i can say negative about this place is the welcome center staff people are rude, not friendly at all. On the other side it has a covenient little store at the welcome center with stuff that you might need in case you forgot to bring. Overall we loved it, can't wait for our next camping trip.

2  Thank PitJud
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

Trap Pond S.P. has a campground across the lake from the "Main Area". This campground is broken up into Lots "A" through "D" which have power and water hook-ups for camping trailers and RVs, Lot "E" which is unimproved woods (each site has a fire grate and a picnic table, and a fresh-water spigot is nearby as is an enclosed "pit" outhouse), and just beyond "E" is a trail that goes past 8 Mini-Cabins and 2 tent-like Yurts. (The Mini-Cabin/Yurt area is a No Pets zone, unlike the Lots, and there's no smoking inside the Mini-Cabins but okay on the porch.)

5 of the Mini-Cabins (#1 through #7) and the 2 Yurts are on the lake-side. The trail continues beyond. The trail around the whole lake (actually a large pond) is about 5 miles -- take water and a hat.

Each Mini-Cabin has a main area and an enclosed bedroom with a double bed (thin mattress on a hard frame) and two bunks in it. There's a storage-only loft above the bedroom. There's also a sizeable screened-in porch (smoking okay there) with a built-in wooden love-seat -- this porch is very effectively a third room. Outside are a private picnic table and fire grate, with a fresh-water spigot on the trail. Adequately back from the trail to have semi-privacy (once the leaves come in). No interior bathroom though.

These three-season Mini-Cabins have electric power and strong baseboard heat in both rooms, and A/C in the main room. There's a large-dorm-size refrigerator. The solid wooden table has two chairs and a low bench, seating four. Unlike the worn exterior, the interior is gleaming.

There's a very strict 10 pm to 7 am Quiet Time. Simple carts are nearby for loading and unloading.

Trap Pond is in a very quiet part of lower Delaware, and these Mini-Cabins are lower-cost during the week -- a dating couple would find this a nice trip, or a budget-minded family with one or two young kids. Our social group scheduled a weekend event, centered on Lot "E" sites but we stayed in the Cabins.

Tips: Bring an electric hot pot to heat water for coffee. Do NOT bring firewood (the campground sells it) due to insect concerns. Lots of electric outlets, but no wi-fi -- all of my group's cell-phones received fine. Bring a hat for the inexpensive pontoon boat ride (the guide steers and narrates). Cabin #8 is the closest to Lot "E" and the outhouse (flush toilets and hot showers are over by Lot "B"). Cabin #10 is the most isolated -- all of the Cabins are constructed of heavy logs and pretty quiet inside. Cabins #6 and #7 are furthest and somewhat paired. Being in the campgrounds gets you access to the park of course. TECHNICALLY cabin check-in is at 3 pm, but we got in at 1:30 pm. There's a small nearby store, but it has high prices and takes cash only.

12  Thank BackStopMan519
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Reviewed 2 December 2013

We just spent Thanksgiving weekend here. It's a family tradition to rent rustic cabins for the holiday. We've done the New Jersey state parks for years with mixed results, but decided to try Trap Pond in Delaware this year. We are so glad we did. The yurts were VERY cold at night ( even with electric heaters!) but very cool. The location was awesome ( a little close to your neighbors but everyone was pretty nice ) - right on the lake. The mini cabin was very warm and the kids loved it - small but perfect for us. We found them all very clean. The highlight for us was the Nature Center across the pond. We expected to find it closed this time of year but it was open. We peeked our heads in after playing on the playground ( we had 6 kids with us) and Jessie was inside. she was so nice and welcoming. She was incredibly knowledgable about the area and full of suggestions for areas to explore. The kids loved her. Outside we ran into Park Ranger Gary Cook - also so nice. We really couldn't get over how friendly and laid back everyone was. We can't wait to return in the spring!

2  Thank PatrickY513
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