This easy 3.2-mile loop trail offers a number of lovely pond views. Begin the hike from Pondside Nature Trail, which as expected, travels to the pond then splits at a T. Notice from the onset that two distinct habitats reign at the park, coastal lowlands and tall oaks. Turn right at the T following the perimeter of the freshwater pond. At half mile, the hiker is given the option of taking a short spur trail for sights of a smaller pond. In spring, the pinxter bush, a shrub in the azalea family, bursts with large pinkish blossoms. Captured at the right time, these offer a wonderful photo opportunity. Back on the main trail, the path continues at water's edge crossing over Murderkill River. This particular site was once inhabited by Native Americans and aptly named for a Dutch massacre. As you weaver around the pond's western edge, notice the profusion of native dogwood and American holly, characteristic of southern habitats. As the trail touches the fringe of the pond, keep an eye out for resident waterfowl and reptiles. Turtles are frequently spotted sunning on the fallen timber. The standing dead timber attracts several varieties of woodpeckers. Bald cypress may be seen at 1.5 miles and 1.7 miles offers access to the park's campground and cabin community. Beyond the campground, the trail raises a bit turning right at 2 miles and heading inland. It weaves back to the pond at the point where boaters launch their craft. Follow the trail up and along the large spillway past a boat rental facility then entering pine woodland at the well-worn path. At nearly 3 miles, follow the Pondside Nature Trail back to the T where a right turn leads back to the parking lot.
This trail offers access to canoe waters and provides a respectable fishing site. A variety of freshwater species including largemouth bass, catfish, crappie, and perch are harvested. The boat ramp is located along SR 384, as seen just before crossing the large spillway.
Directions: From Frederica, DE, Travel west along State Route 12 approximately 5 miles. Turn left (south) onto Chimney Hill Road. Travel 1.2 miles to Killens Pond Road. Turn right onto Killens Pond Road to reach the park entrance. Continue straight along the park road to the end parking lot.
Elevation: 50 feet
Elevation Gain: Minimal
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