Lums Pond State Park RV & Campground Guide

Delaware

Lums Pond State Park

is built around the largest freshwater pond in Delaware, but the 1,790-acre park offers much more than just fishing and water recreation! Visitors come back year after year to experience fishing and boating, plus the Lums Pond Woods Nature Preserve, hiking, horseback riding and the most recent addition to the park – the Go Ape ziplining course. The course allows nature lovers to experience nature from a whole new perspective – above the treetops. Of course there are trails and other more traditional ways to enjoy the Delware scenery, too! 

If you’re planning a visit to Delaware to check out Lums Pond State Park or some of the 20+ nearby, or are just curious to what makes it so unique and worth a visit, read on.

 

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Weather
Spring 54-76 F
Summer 69-89 F
Fall 36-58 F
Winter 31-49 F
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Nearby Cities
Newark, DE
Chesapeake City, MD
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Lums Pond State Park

Sleeping in a tent under the stars can be great – but it can also be uncomfortable! Glamp out in style in an RV, and you’ll wake each morning refreshed and ready to tackle the day. If you’ve decided to skip the tent and camp in an RV on this trip, consider renting one from RVshare.com. The world-class team can help you find the perfect, completely custom rig that is perfect for your entire family, and just as important, your budget! The support team is dedicated to making your next camping trip a complete success, and all rentals come with nationwide insurance and 24/7 roadside assistance.

Lums Pond State Park has a newly-renovated campground that includes campsites with three-point hookups, four horse campsites and even yurts with an outdoor seating area and deck. These newly renovated campsites are sure to be perfect for your next trip, but they do book up quickly. Luckily, there are plenty of campgrounds and RV parks in the area. Here are some worth checking out:

Woodlands Camping Resort

Just 30 minutes from Lums Pond State Park in Elkton, MD, Woodlands Camping Resort is nearby many area attractions. The campground offers a variety of sites as well as plenty of activities planned by the entertainment committee, plus hiking and biking trails, a pool, fishing pond, playground and much more, so the whole family is sure to have fun! Rates start at $55 a night.

Water hookup: yes

Electrical hookup: yes

Sewer hookup: yes

Wifi: no

Pet-friendly: yes (there are some breed restrictions)

Other amenities: pool, sunbathing deck, fishing pond, 24-hour bathhouse, large, wooded sites, picnic tables and fire rings, hiking/biking trails, basketball court, wiffle ball field, volleyball/badminton court, playground, covered pavilion, bingo on Saturday nights, small camp store.  

Philadelphia South/Clarksboro KOA

Located in Clarksboro, NJ, nearby Lums Pond State Park and just a short drive from downtown Philadelphia, the Philadelphia South/Clarksboro KOA has a wide variety of campsites as well as plenty of family fun. Many of the activities and amenities at the campground have been newly added, including a playground, cornhole, a new pavilion and much more.

Water hookup: yes

Electrical hookup: yes

Sewer hookup: yes

Wifi: yes

Pet-friendly: yes

Other amenities: pool, fishing, cornhole, horseshoes, ladderpall, jumping pillow, playground, off leash dog park, pavilion, camp store, meeting room, bicycle rental, laundry, newly remodeled bathrooms.

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What to Do at
Lums Pond State Park

Inside Lums Pond State Park

Water activities are one of the most exciting things to do within Lums Pond State Park, thanks to being home to the largest freshwater pond in the state, but there’s something for everyone to do. Adventure lovers, hikers, fishers and much more will enjoy their time at the park. Some of the unique experiences and activities to enjoy include:

Go Ape Ziplining Course – Adventure lovers will really love this new part of the State Park. Take in the entire park from the treetops way up above! The Go Ape Ziplining course has rope ladders, treetop crossings, Tarzan swings and four zip lines that take you over the pond. The main course is for ages 10 and up and is a 2 to 3 hour adventure, but younger climbers can experience the climbing fun, too, with a Treetop Junior course.

Fishing, Boating and Water Activities – You can’t visit the largest freshwater pond in Delaware and not enjoy some water activities! Lums Pond is one of the best fishing spots in the state, and anglers can commonly land largemouth bass, pickerel, perch, bluegill, crappie, striped bass (stocked periodically) and more. Fishing permits are required.

Additionally, a boat launching ramp and two piers make it easy to rent a boat or bring your own. Rowboats, canoes, kayaks and pedal boats are also available, offering plenty of ways to experience the pond! Keep in mind that swimming in the pond is not permitted. 

Hiking and Nature Activities – There are plenty of opportunities for hiking, biking and horseback riding inside Lums Pond State Park, including the 6.4 mile long Swamp Forest Trail (for hiking) and the Little Jersey Trail, which is a 8.1 mile, shared-use trail designed for hiking, biking and horseback riding.

Lums Pond Woods Nature Preserve – The 181-acre Nature Preserve captures all mature woodlands within the park, and is a beautiful example of a Northern Coastal Plain/Piedmont Basic Mesic hardwood forest. There is also the Loop Trail that offers pedestrian hiking, bike riding and horseback riding both in and outside of the Nature Preserve.

Outside Lums Pond State Park

Lums Pond State Park is located just a quick drive to nearby major cities like Philadelphia, but is also nestled within a stone’s throw from many other parks and nature experiences! Once you’ve taken in all the State Park has to offer, there is plenty to see and do in the surrounding area. Here are some of the unique things to do outside the park:

Restaurants

From homemade pasta and pizza to authentic Mexican and unique mac and cheese dishes, plus family-friendly atmospheres, there are plenty of great restaurants nearby Lums Pond State Park perfect for enjoying family time and getting a delicious bite to eat after enjoying the park. Here are some worth checking out:

La Casa Pasta

Since 1978, the family-owned La Casa Pasta has been serving locals and tourists freshly-made pasta, delicious sauces and much more. With a focus on pasta and seafood, plus much more, there is sure to be something for everyone in your family to enjoy.

Type: Italian

Location: Newark, DE

El Tapatio

You don’t have to wait for taco Tuesday when visiting Lums Pond State Park! El Tapatio Mexican restaurant serves up authentic Mexican dishes every day of the week. From tacos to burritos, enchiladas and much more, plus classic margaritas, mojitos and more, it’s a delicious stop for a meal after enjoying nature at the State Park!  

Type: Mexican

Location: Bear, DE

Mad Macs

This family-friendly pub offers comfort food including soups, salad, wings, sandwiches, burgers and more, but the highlight is the mac and cheese! Choose from a unique variety of mac and cheese dishes, including French onion, the daily chef selection, buffalo chicken, pizza, philly cheesesteak and much more! 

Type: American

Location: Newark, DE

Shopping

Tanger Outlets

There are two large shopping centers located nearby Lums Pond State Park in Bear, DE: Governor’s Square Shopping Center and Eden Square Shopping Center. Both offer a wide variety of stores for everything you may need, including grocery stores, a Dollar Tree, restaurants – both quick serve and sit down, and much more. 

Location: Bear, DE

Sightseeing

Gilpin’s Covered Bridge

Just a quick drive from Lums Pond State Park is a piece of history – Gilpin’s Covered Bridge! Constructed in 1860-61, the covered bridge was built by local Cecil County bridgewright Joseph George Johnson. It’s a Burr arch through truss wooden covered bridge, and was erected to and upstream of Samuel Gilpin’s mills and dam. It crosses the millpond formed by it, and is worth taking in!

Location: North East, MD

Plumpton Park Zoo

Tigers, apes, wolves, alpacas, zebras, a children’s petting zoo – oh my! Schedule a stop at the Plumpton Park Zoo, a family friendly local zoo that has animal exhibits, a chance for children to interact with the animals at the petting zoo and much more. 

Location: Rising Sun, MD

South Chesapeake City

When you’re done taking in nature at Lums Pond State Park, take in some history! South Chesapeake City is just minutes from the park, and is a beautiful village listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Do some sightseeing, or window browse quaint shops, grab a meal at one of the waterfront restaurants, take in a canal tour or visit the museum. 

Location: Chesapeake City, MD

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How to Get to
Lums Pond State Park

Lums Pond State Park is located on Howell School Road in Bear, DE. For a map and directions, click here.

Entering Lums Pond State Park

There is a fee to enter Lums Pond State Park, like many state parks. The entrance fee is in effect from March 1 – November 30th. Annual passes are also available.

Residents : $4

Effective March 1 to November 30

Non-residents : $8

Effective March 1 to November 30

You’re sure to have a great time at the State Park and the local Delaware community nearby during your time at Lums Pond State Park. Whether you’re ready for some water fun, pumped for the Go Ape ziplining course or just want to experience a nice hike through nature, there is something for everyone to enjoy at the park. Don’t forget to tag us in your social media posts or shoot us a photo and some details at [email protected]. We may just feature your story on our blog or social media channels. Happy camping!