We have gone down as a couple the last two Septembers and really enjoy it, but we will definitely bring the kids next time as they would love it, too. First, what stands out the most is kayaking the narrow stretch of creek above the pond. It evokes a very special feeling, being in a quiet narrow maze of water pathways and weaving between bald cypress trees. There are needed yellow signs with arrows attached to trees so you can avoid dead ends and easily getting lost. The park trail map is so misleading in that it does not show any of these narrow waterways. I think most people do not know what is back there. With all the rain, we could easily paddle under the footbridge where the trail crosses over. It feels like being in Florida, but with no worry of alligators. It is a decent 20 minute kayak across the open lake to get to this area, but the shade and serenity quickly rewards you. You will definitely see some of the many turtles perching on branches sticking out of the water as well as many of the larger birds like the Great Blue Heron. Last year, we saw a couple water snakes swimming around, but we only saw them on land this year. I recommend taking the tour boat first which takes you back to the start of the water trail and will show you what to look for.
The main trail around the pond is nice, diverse, and surprisingly fun for a graveled mostly sidewalk-width trail. We mountain bike more technical trails but this is just windy and fast and pleasant. A young child could easily bike it, but older kids, like us, can still have fun, too by going fast. Crossing the river trail on a really nice bridge is cool, but you do not get the same feeling as being on the water.
We saw a few non-poisonous snakes and a bunch of small cute lizards by our yurt and elsewhere. At one point, we accidently left peanut butter out and a squirrel evidently put up quite a fight to get into it, but the other wildlife never came near our food. Mosquitos can be bad, but our citronella candle and occasional bug spray did fine.
Last year we had a cabin and this year a yurt. Both are nice and very near the water adjacent to the RV loops. There is a parking area with wheelbarrows for you to unload and transfer 50 yards or so. The yurts are like a thick tent material in a circular shape with some wood beams to hold it up. There is a dome moon/sunlight at the top with a ceiling fan. It was only 80 degrees or so this year and the sun coming in the top still made it significantly hotter inside...would be tough if 90 plus. Windows roll down like a tent from the outside to reveal screened windows and the AC works decently with windows shut. The cabins are more like log homes with real windows, but still without bathrooms. The yurts have a nice deck with a great view while the cabins have a screened-in area. The yurt is a large open space, while the cabins have two rooms. Both have AC but only the cabins have fridges. The yurts and some of the cabins have lake-front views.
A potty is a minute walk from all of them and the bathhouse is 5 minutes.
If tent camping, I would not stay in one of the RV sites as they are all close together in a more open area. There are much nicer sites like the "island tent sites" and more wooded ones as well.
We got lucky on one night as there was some concert at the nature center across the way, which we could comfortably listen to on our deck at sunset. On the next night, but drove 15 minutes to Laurel and the Georgia House. A few days earlier, we ordered everything we wanted with extra sides and chose our pick-up time all online. We showed up, it was ready, we payed, which was actually less than what we were quoted, and drove back to the yurt. It was still hot when we made it back to our deck for a beautiful sunset meal. It was awesome. The mashed potatoes were phenomenal. Ribs, wrap, and vegetables were also good.
The new nature center is a unique, nice-looking building with some quick interesting exhibits.
The only drawback to Trap Pond is that their is no swimming. It is always a bit sad to be so aware that we cannot swim or eat fish in Delaware fresh water. I hope we will be able to some day if things start changing. There was once talk about a pool being built there, but it would be nice If they just offered an inflatable water slide or something.
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