Swamp Forest Trail

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Swamp Forest Trail is a 6.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bear, DE that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

6.8 miles 239 feet Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

mountain biking
4 months ago

love riding here it's a easy trail ride however if you go after a good rain it will be very muddy

hiking
6 months ago

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.

6 months ago

Great walk

hiking
6 months ago

7 months ago

Trail was good not scenic really at all, more for biking than walking

trail running
10 months ago

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!

1 year ago

Great course for breaking in a new pack with weight. the elevation is nominal (it's delaware.. there is no elevation lol ). scenery changes enough to stay interested, and the distance is good enough to feel like you put in some effort that day.

hiking
1 year ago

Beautiful in the fall when leaves are changing. Surprised by the difference in terrain/foliage as you travel around the lake!

hiking
1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

Awesome hike. Loved everything about it, besides the minimal elevation changes.

hiking
1 year ago

Great hike. Careful of sun. Lots of exposed areas. Fairly easy walking

cross country skiing
1 year ago

Nice hike!

walking
1 year ago

Park is great. Trails are relaxing, never know what you will see as far as wildlife. Make sure you take water, .

walking
1 year ago

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.

2 years ago

Nice easy hike. Trail was well maintained. Took about 2 hours at medium pace.

2 years ago

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.

mountain biking
2 years ago

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.

hiking
4 years ago

An easy trail with pretty good views around lums pond. We were a huge fan of the man-made metal bridge that goes for about a quarter a mile over the swampy parts of the trail.

hiking
4 years ago

This is a great hike! Went here in the beginning of October so the leaves were changing. Not very difficult but a nice hike for a leisurely outdoor day!

mountain biking
4 years ago

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.