Silver Lake & Killens Pond State Park

Dover's beautiful Silver Lake is the core of a 182-acre recreation area in the heart of the city. Biking, swimming, and picnicking draw most people, but the park also has a boat ramp, exercise circuit, volleyball court, and walking/jogging trail. The park has entrances on Washington Street and Kings Highway; it's open year-round from sunrise to sunset. Contact the Dover Parks and Recreation Department (tel. 302/736-7050) for additional information.

Some 13 miles south of Dover, about a half-mile east of Route 13, is Killens Pond State Park, 5025 Killens Pond Rd., Felton (tel. 302/284-4526; Covering 1,444 acres, with a 66-acre millpond, Killens Pond is a natural inland haven with picnic areas, shuffleboard courts, horseshoe pits, biking and hiking trails, volleyball courts, boat rentals, pond fishing, and camping. The Killens Pond Water Park has lap lanes, a mushroom fountain, and a lily-pad fun walk. Park entry fees daily May through October are $3 for Delaware-registered cars and $6 for out-of-state vehicles. Water-park admission is an additional $2 for adults and $1 for children 15 and under. The park is open year-round; the water park is open Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Also at the park are 77 campsites, with 10 cabins, 17 tent-only sites, and 1 pond-view cottage, open year-round. Reservations are taken up to 7 months in advance; call tel. 877/987-2757. Fees are $19 to $29 for tent sites and $28 to $32 for sites with water and electric hookup. Note: NASCAR fans fill the campsites quickly on race weekends in April and September. Be sure to reserve 7 months in advance.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.