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Swamp Forest Trail (Lums Pond)



6.6 mile 10.6 kilometer loop
98% Runnable


Ascent: 425' 130 m
Descent: -422' -129 m
High: 126' 38 m
Low: 58' 18 m


Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)


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Trail shared by Matt Flexer

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

Matt Flexer

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · Views · Wildlife

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


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.

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

Runner Notes

Our team trains there regularly for OCR (obstacle course races; Spartan, BattleFrog, Savage, etc) and finds the trails to offer similar qualities to most of those races. While there are very few hills to traverse, you can leverage other natural elements such as logs, the 8+ bridge crossings, and picnic tables to add an extra workout to your trail run.


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 runs 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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Ryan Fainor
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Apr 28, 2017
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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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