Kayak Trap Pond's Terrapin Branch Water Trail

Trap Pond State Park Boat Ramp

Transport yourself to another green, swampy world while kayaking through the northernmost natural stand of baldcypress trees in the U.S.

In 1951, Trap Pond Trap State Park became one of Delaware's first state parks. Today, the pond is home to the northernmost natural grove of baldcypress trees in the country, and offers absolutely beautiful kayaking through the ancient swamps. 

Upon arriving at the park, follow the main road to the Baldcypress Nature Center. The Nature Center offers information about the baldcypress trees and wildlife that inhabit the pond.

Park on the far side of the parking lot, furthest from the nature center, and walk the short distance from the lot to the boat dock. Kayaks and canoes are available for rent.

Once in the water, the pond offers 3 canoe trails. Terrpain Branch Trail is 2 miles round trip.

Paddle into the open pond, and past a few stands of trees. Keep going until the trees and lily pads start to become denser. Look out for a sign to the left that says Terrapin Branch Water Trail, and take this small, narrow side trail. 

The trail leads into a dense cypress swamp, and provides a completely different experience than kayaking in an open pond. Look out for abundant wildlife including frogs, turtles, snakes, and birds. 

Follow the arrows throughout the meandering water trail to find your way back to the open pond. 

Pack List

  • Closed-toed shoes
  • Water bottle
  • Clothes that can get wet
  • Hat or sunglasses
  • Sunscreen in summer months
  • Admission fee for the park 
  • For information on rates and prices: Trap Pond Boat Rentals
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Activities Kayaking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Easy Parking
Family Friendly


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Fun and quick

Super quick trail, and so worth the time. The scenery is beautiful and very relaxing. Didn’t see much wildlife, but there was a cool beaver dam at the end of the trail.

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