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!