Killens Pond State Park
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Introduction

Featuring beautiful pine woods and a picturesque 66-acre millpond, Killens Pond State Park is a lovely state park that offers some great fun and facilities for RV campers. Before the pond was created, the area had several Native American homes and hunting camps along the banks of the Murderkill River and adjoining forest. The mill pond was originally established in the late 1700's and Killens Pond State Park was opened in 1965. The recreational highlight of Killens Pond and what makes it unique is the inclusion of a waterpark! Yes, that's right. You can spend your vacation spiraling down slides or relaxing by the pool. If hanging at the waterpark isn't your thing, though, there are many other popular recreational activities, including hiking, fishing, canoeing, disc golf, geocaching, horseshoes and boating. Educational and recreational programs are also on offer throughout the year at the Killens Pond Nature Center. There is a cool permanent exhibit of local reptiles and amphibians at the center and it is also available for meetings and private events.

There is one campground at Killens Pond State Park that has 56 electric sites. All of these sites have 30 amp electrical hookups, water hookups and they can accomodate RV's that are up to 40 feet in length. Camping is available during all seasons but all water hookups besides the central one get turned off during winter. Reservations are available year round and peak season is through the summer months.

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Transportation in Killens Pond State Park

Driving

Killens Pond State Park is a centrally located state park in Kent County, Delaware. The park is easily accessible and is in a very convenient location. It is around fifteen miles south of Dover, forty-five miles from Delaware beaches and within two hours from Philadelphia, Baltimore, Annapolis, Norther Virginia and Washington DC. The road on the way into the park is well maintained and there shouldn't be any low hanging trees that will cause you problems if you have a bigger rig.

There are a few small towns around the park that will have some last minute supplies but there aren't any to the east or the west that are in close proximity. If you are coming from the south Harrington will be a great place to stop or Dover from the north.

From the north: Take Route 13 South for 12.5 miles past Dover. Turn left on Killens Pond Road. The main entrance to the park is located around one mile on the right. From the south: Take Route 13 North for five and half miles past Harrington. Turn right on Killens Pond Road and the main entrance is located around one mile on the right.

Parking

There can be parking issues at Killens Pond State Park during the summertime but overflow parking is provided near the campground registration booth.

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Campsites in Killens Pond State Park

Reservations camping

Killens Pond State Park Campground

There is one campground at Killens Pond State Park that offers electric and water hookups for RV's as well as a primitive walk-in camping loop that is only available for tents. The camp sites have plenty of room even when the campground is full and it should be a quiet and peaceful stay. All 56 RV sites have electric 30 amp and water hookups but during winter water will only be available at specific collection points. There is one shower block with restrooms and a dump station that is available in a loop to the right of the campground entrance.

If you want to be located close to the toilets and showers try reserving a spot in either loop C or D. A camp store is also open and offers concessions. You should be able to get phone reception in any area of the campground.The campground is open year round but some of the loops may be closed during winter. You can make reservations up to a year in advance.

First-come first-served

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Seasonal activities in Killens Pond State Park

In-Season

Killens Pond Waterpark

Featuring two speed slides and two spiral slides, Killens Park Waterpark is a very popular summer activity for RV campers and locals alike. The park can accomodate people of all ages with zero-depth entrances to make getting in and out easy. A tot lot has everything needed for the little ones, with bubblers, small slides, ground water jets, and a pool-side waterplay system. Food concessions and a swim shop are also available during park opening hours. A separate admission fee is charged at the waterpark so you will have to pay to join in on the fun.

Fishing

Killens Pond is a great fishing location all year round! Surrounded by the State Park land, the pond has plenty of shoreline angling as well as several fishing piers that can be accessed by people with disabilities. A boat ramp is located off Killens Pond Road and it is a good launching site for small boats if you want to fish on the pond. Largemouth bass are very common and it is in the top three ponds in Delaware with the highest catch per angler.

Hiking

Hiking is another popular activity in Killens Pond State Park that can be done throughout the year. There are three main trails: the Pondside Trail is an easy to moderate hike that has many side connector trails that link to some great views of the pond. The Cross Country Course begins near the sports complex and continues through mature forest, over a bridge and loops around the area of the primitive youth campground. The Life Course Trail is one for the fitness enthusiasts with twenty exercise stations located along the trail that is located along a forested path of grass and pine needles.

Off-Season

Nature Center

Located alongside the pond and at the edge of the park’s forest, Killens Pond Nature Center is open year round. The center has a large collection of native reptiles and amphibians in an exhibit area, along with a small amphitheater that is on the edge of the pond. The center is also available for meetings, small events and weddings. Check out the park website to see if there are any events you can attend while you enjoy your stay.

Disc Golf

Established in 1998, the 18 hole disc golf course at Killens Pond State Park will provide people of all ages a great day of entertainment and exercise. The course runs through pines and bushes with slight elevation changes throughout the course. The course favours right turns but you also can utilize various other shots. If you didn't bring any discs you are in luck! The park office sells discs so you will be able to get out on the course. Bathrooms and scorecards are only available at first hole so keep that in mind before you start playing.

Birding

There is a lot on offer for bird enthusiasts at Killens Pond State Park. The upland forest, meadows, wetlands, freshwater marsh and of course the pond all offer a diverse selection of migrating and resident birds. Winter is the best time to view waterfowl in the park. There will be snow geese, great blue herons and many other waterfowl spending their time around the pond and wetlands. During the late spring and winter you may also see woodcocks performing their aerial displays.

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