Kent County's Simple Pleasures Natural and recreational opportunities abound at Killens Pond State Park, centrally located in the heart of Kent County. The park's centerpiece is the 66-acre millpond which features boating and fishing. The all new Killens Pond Water Park offers resort entertainment in a serene, natural setting. Only about an 1 hour drive from either the northern or southern boundary, Killens Pond makes a perfect home base for exploring the First State. Open year-round, the park's campground and cozy cabins are popular retreats no matter what the season. The millpond was established in the late 1700's. Prior to the pond's creation, the Murderkill River and surrounding hardwood forest were sites of several Native American homes and hunting camps. According to legend, the river's unusual name refers to a local tribe's massacre of a Dutch trading party at the mouth of the river in 1648. Now a peaceful oasis, Killens Pond became a state park in 1965. Fishing and Boating The pond is home to largemouth bass, catfish, carp, perch, crappie, bluegills, and pickerel, all of which await the patient angler. Exploring by boat is easy, thanks to a convenient boat launching ramp. Canoes, rowboats, kayaks, and pedal boats can be rented during the summer. The Murderkill River Canoe Trail provides a challenge for the more adventurous paddler. Swimming The Killens Pond Water Park is more than a pool, it's a whole different way to have fun in the water. Gently sloping from ground level, the innovatively designed main pool's zero-depth entrance makes getting in and out easy, and visitors will enjoy exciting interactive water features such as the Floating Lily Pad Fun Walk. For maximum water excitement, two 27-foot high, 205-foot long twisting and turning water slides end in a specially designed splash pool. At the tot pool and tot lot, bubblers, ground water jets, small slides, and a pool-side waterplay system give smaller visitors lots of fun ways to enjoy a warm summer's day. After working up an appetite, hungry swimmers can enjoy a variety of menu items at the new food concession. The Swim Shop is the place for all your sunning and swimming needs. Recreational Activities More recreational activities can be found throughout the woodlands and grassy fields surrounding the pond. Hiking trails and a cross-country running course wind through several types of habitat featuring native plants and animals. A number of game courts and ball fields satisfy the athlete, and an 18-hole disc golf course challenges players to test their skill with a flying disk. The Life Course Trail offers a healthy challenge. The 3.2-mile Pondside Trail is carpeted with pine needles and sand and winds along the banks of the park's 66-acre mill pond. Playground equipment and picnic areas are the perfect place for pleasant lunch or dinner break and four pavilions can be reserved for larger group events. A bike path from Route 13 to the main entrance provides a leisurely passage into and out of the park. There is also a new extension that leads to the water park and sports complex areas. A number of educational and recreational programs are conducted throughout the year. Group hayrides are available by reservation and may be scheduled by calling the Nature Center.

geocaching
2 months ago

Wife, dog, and I hiked the whole loop in late afternoon while staying at campground. Well maintained, very easy, with some nice overlooks of the pond. Only negative was short stretch on road that must be taken to complete loop, less than 0.2 miles, so not bad.

hiking
3 months ago

We took the pond trail loop (yellow markings on park map)...it was shaded except for one small section when you actually walk on Killens Pond Road. This trail circles completely around the pond. The paths are really nice switching from sand, wood chips, small gravel, board walk and dirt. We completed this in late August and not one mosquito! It is great for dogs since the trails are so nice and shaded.

hiking
5 months ago

Another wonderful water view trail. This was the fourth trail in one day so the water made it seem a little less hot.

This is a nice walk. You almost always have a water view. It was a warm day so I took a couple breaks, but not a difficult hike at all.

Beautiful walk. it could have been marked better. had trouble finding the starting point.

Pleasant and scenic with the lake almost always in view. Walked this a couple of times during the I late winter and early spring, before the insects get bad,which I've heard they do.

mountain biking
7 months ago

Great views simple walk

hiking
8 months ago

one of the few Pl laces in Kent County where you have a quality trail aside from cow pastures and corn fields. the scenery changes enough to stay entertained. Elevation is nominal.

hiking
1 year ago

Beautiful trail around the entire pond, it was the Pondside Trail and took under an hour.

Great day out. Nice well marked and cleared easy trail that snakes around the pond. Various streams easily accessible for dogs to cool off. Once you get back into the woods away from the parking lot and water park you can't hear any noises other than nature. Beautiful view points of the pond from the trail and plenty of places to stop and rest or have a picnic outside of the designated sites. Plenty of other activities to do as well other than hiking.

mountain biking
4 years ago

Limited use as there is only a single bike trail, even though the park is generally deserted. The trails could easily handle multi-use. What a waste.

this park is awesome! offers trails for everyone from hikers to fitness nuts. the wildlife is beautiful. Inside the state park is also a fun water park cost $2.00 for all day swimming.