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Trussum & Trap Ponds in Delaware

by chasbeatty

Trip Overview

Both these ponds are surrounded by woods and farmland. They both are known for their bald cypress and feature the northernmost natural stand of bald cypress trees in the United States.

We first went to Trussum Pond and put in at the boat ramp at the parking lot just past the end of Trap Pond Rd. off Wooten Road. It was a warm day and the water was glass. Of the two ponds Trussum is the smaller, but offered a better feeling of a Bald Cypress swamp.

Canoeing in and out of the Cypress, we saw many geese nesting on the small islands made by the Cypress Knees. Lots of Painted turtles! Big and small sunning themselves and swimming by. We spent over an hour here and saw a few fisherman also.


Next we went on to the much bigger Trap Pond (90 acres). Since it was early there were no concessions, but the toilet rooms were open. They also have a boat ramp, but we put in on one of the camp ground's floating docks on the eastern shore.

With plenty of open water we headed south toward the Cypress. We had no map but soon found the canoe trail through the swamp and followed the trail markers back until we came to a deadfall and had to turn back. It was very pretty and we hope to go back again soon to finish the trail.

Accommodations:

Trap Pond - Boat ramp, camp grounds, toilets, showers and store. Boat, canoe and kayak rentals are also available in season.

Trussum Pond - Boat ramp only.

Fees:

Fees are from May 1st to October.

Directions:

Trap Pond is in southern Delaware just East of Route 13. Take route 24 east out of Laurel, DE. Look for the signs and turn right on Trap Pond to Trap Pond.

Trussum Pond is west past Trap Pond about a mile.

  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Water Type: Flat/Sheltered Water
  • Group Rates: No

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