Lums Pond State Park is built around the largest freshwater pond in Delaware. The park features excellent fishing, sports facilities, hiking trails and more on its 1790 acres on the north side of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal. Lums Pond itself covers 200 acres, and although there is no swimming allowed, boat rentals and fishing provide water-bound recreation in the summer months. A boat launching ramp and two piers allow easy access to the water. Before the pond existed, St. Georges Creek flowed through the hardwood forest and was the site of several Native American hunting camps. The creek was dammed in the early 1800's when the C & D canal was built. Water from the pond was used to fill the locks of the canal and power a small mill. This area was first used as a state park in 1963.
The trail surface is forest floor and sometimes improved with gravel. It's well suited for trail running and mountain biking. Although the trail winds around the pond, it's mostly a walk in the woods, with several places to access the pond along the route. The bugs were out in force, and the pond level was high and encroaching on the trail in numerous places. Much of the forest floor sections were wet and muddy; hence the name Swamp Forest Trail. We walked the entire loop in about 2hrs, 40 min. at about a 21 minute mile pace. Bathrooms are available at the park office, or at the trail head.
Love this trail for SS mountain bike and running. I try to get to this gem once a month. Take the trail all the way around in one direction then repeat in reverse for a 14miler! A few different surfaces along the way... Be ware after rain, it's called swamp forest for a reason!
Vicki D. on Swamp Forest Trail
Beautiful in the fall when leaves are changing. Surprised by the difference in terrain/foliage as you travel around the lake!
Great for walking, dogs, and the family. As many say, it is generally a level trail that's ideal for walking. If you are looking to get into mountain biking this would be a beginner (very beginner) place. They do have a few obstacles setup throughout the trail.
If you're a dog person, they have a portion of the pond set aside just for dogs. Very friendly place and well frequented by folks that have dogs that love the water. I'm one of them. Just a word of caution though: The water quality is fair at best. The do have posted warning about a certain type of algae.
I live close by and bike this trail and the Jersey Loop which has some horse dung most Sunday mornings. It is nice and flat with a few short inclines, The trail can be tight in spots so watch for others. All those that I have encountered have been respectful. Park staff is friendly and helpful. The Go Ape Zip Lines and boating are other family fun options.
Easy trail but a nice combination of woods, fields and camping sites. Some areas are grass which I would like to see them actually make a trail but otherwise its simple and nice for beginners or for those who just want an easy ride for the day. The trail is narrow and only suited for one biker at a time in some spots. You will run into hikers and horses on occasion but I've never had a problem with people yielding to me or vice versa.
I love Lums Pond. The Swamp Forest Trail is where I'm learning mountain biking. Flat, but has some places to play around and practice going over logs and roots, bridges and climb small inclines. Great for beginners but I see moderate paced rides there too. Fun and easy for hike with beautiful scenery. I see runners, hikers and bikers on most days that I go.