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Swamp Forest Trail (Lums Pond)

Easy/Intermediate
 4.2 (13) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A great multi use trail that offers scenic views around the pond and some good, technical trails.


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6.6

Miles

10.6

KM

Loop

126' 38 m

High

58' 18 m

Low

425' 130 m

Up

422' 129 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · Views · Wildlife

Closures for hunting season are posted at the trailhead in the parking lots. Depending upon when you hike, there is a $4 fee but you can enter the parking lot outlined above and avoid the fee if you hike early.

Overview

This loop is a great trail in the heart of New Castle county. It offers a good distance, lots of bridge crossings, picnicking, and Go Ape (a zip line and challenge course) is located inside the park.

Need to Know

Trails are mixed use, so keep an eye out for mountain bikers although there are not as many these days especially in the morning.

Description

This is a multi-use trail used by hikers, mountain bikers, and trail runners. This trail is mostly packed dirt with some loose rocks but the terrain changes up to more technical challenges that include some exposed roots, some mud as you get closer to the pond, and larger loose rocks.

For hikes longer than 6 miles, you can connect to the Little Jersey Trail that offers a larger loop around the outside of the park. This trail is not as scenic and has more paved areas and you may run into some horseback riders as well.

The best parking lot is off of Buck Jersey Road where the "start" is marked on the map. This puts you right at the trailhead. Trails are well marked and if you head out early you usually have the place to yourself with little bike or pedestrian traffic.

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Shared By:

Matt Flexer

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  4.2 from 13 votes

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Photos

On the Little Jersey Trail
Aug 26, 2018 near Glasgow, DE
Parts of the trail as you transition around the pond which offers a wider running/biking area.
Aug 9, 2016 near Glasgow, DE
Lums Pond State Park
Aug 26, 2018 near Glasgow, DE
GoApe section of the park. Great family fun and one of the park's main attractions.
Aug 9, 2016 near Glasgow, DE

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May 27, 2019
Patricia Wharton
Easy hike around the pond with plenty of views, rest stops and bathrooms. 6.6mi — 2h 45m
Apr 28, 2019
Allie DeCleene
Dec 29, 2018
Scott Baver
Jan 27, 2018
Nicole Seda
6.6mi
Jun 11, 2017
Carlo Foppiano
Feb 26, 2017
Paul Rosiak
Nice flat, fast hike. 7mi