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Brandywine Creek State Park


Special Notice: Afternoon Managed Hunt Canceled

The afternoon managed deer hunt scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 16, at Brandywine Creek State Park has been canceled. The park office will open at noon Wednesday. The Dec. 16 morning managed shotgun hunt will proceed as scheduled with an on-site lottery for pin and stand sites at the Hawk Watch pavilion at 5 a.m. Those interested in entering the lottery must arrive by 4:30 a.m. to register.

About the Park

Known for its meadowland views and blue gneiss stone walls built in the late 1800s and early 1900s, Brandywine Creek State Park sits within northern Delaware’s piedmont region with more than 14 miles of trail and a remnant old-growth forest. Brandywine Creek State Park oversees four Nature Preserves including Flint Woods, the Carney Tract, Tulip Tree Woods and FreshWater Marsh.Chipmunks can often be seen around the park’s stone walls, which were used to mark property lines when the land supported a rich agricultural industry. Another popular industry that once took place on the park lands was milling along the park’s namesake creek. The rolling meadows provide habitat to native pollinators, ground nesting birds and rare native plants, some of which can be seen by taking a stroll through the pollinator garden. American Kestrels, Blue Birds and Eastern Meadowlark are common sights for birders. Wilson’s Run is stocked annually for anglers and the sweeping meadows are perfect for disc golf.

On the Water

Boy sitting on the banks of Brandywine Creek with a fishing pole

Anglers can fish for small mouth bass, bluegill, and crappie in Brandywine Creek, and for trout in Wilson’s Run (fishing license and trout stamp required). Canoeing, kayaking and tubing are also popular ways to experience the Brandywine. Canoeing is offered through the park's interpretive programs, and local outfitters rent canoes, kayaks and tubes.

Outdoor Recreation

The park maintains trails for fitness, wildlife observation, and photography; try the Rocky Run Trail or the Brandywine Trail that winds along the creek.

The open meadows are excellent for picnics, kite flying, and disc golf, and in the winter, for sledding and cross-country skiing.

An extensive meadow management program, active bluebird population program, and variety of habitats make Brandywine Creek State Park an outstanding place to see wildflowers, songbirds, deer, and other flora and fauna. Many species of hawks can be seen migrating over the valley from mid-September to mid-November.

Nature Preserves

Tulip Tree Woods Nature Preserve – surrounded by a three-foot stone wall this nature preserve contains old growth Tulip Poplar. This forest canopy also includes American Beech, Red Oak, Black Oak, and White Oak. The forest floor is carpeted with spring ephemeral wildflowers including Nodding Trillium, and Blood Root.

Amenities: Loop Trail (pedestrian only), parking at Nature Center parking lot, bathrooms in Nature Center

Acreage: 24 acres

Flint Woods Nature Preserve – The Flint Woods Nature Preserve protects over 40 acres of mature Piedmont hardwood forest. The Preserve contains a Golden Saxifrage Forested Seep Community, of which there are fewer than six known to occur in the state. It serves as an anchor, along with Brandywine Creek State Park to the south, for more than 2,000 acres of protected lands (including 1100 acres of Conservation Easements and private Nature Preserves) creating a corridor between Brandywine Creek State Park and open space in Pennsylvania’s portion of the Brandywine Creek watershed. Six first order streams that ultimately flow to Brandywine Creek originate on the Flint Woods Nature Preserve. Two of these flow northward into Pennsylvania.

Amenities: Loop Trail (pedestrian only), parking along Rt. 52 in Centreville, DE

Acreage: 138 acres

Upcoming Events

Groundhogs Galore

Saturday, January 29, 2022

11:00 AM

Get ready for Groundhogs Day with a fun walk through the meadows to learn about groundhogs. Register in the office or over the phone at 302-655-5740. Free

Add to Calendar 1/29/2022 11:00:00 AM 1/29/2022 11:45:00 AM America/New_York Groundhogs Galore Get ready for Groundhogs Day with a fun walk through the meadows to learn about groundhogs. Register in the office or over the phone at 302-655-5740. Free Brandywine Creek State Park

Fireside History Chat: Artifacts

Saturday, February 5, 2022

1:00 PM

What was this land like 100 years ago? Who lived here? What were they like? Cozy up around the campfire for a history talk and artifact exploration. Online registration closes 24 hours before the program, after that call 302-655-5740 to register (if spaces are available). $6 per person

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Add to Calendar 2/5/2022 1:00:00 PM 2/5/2022 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Fireside History Chat: Artifacts What was this land like 100 years ago? Who lived here? What were they like? Cozy up around the campfire for a history talk and artifact exploration. Online registration closes 24 hours before the program, after that call 302-655-5740 to register (if spaces are available). $6 per person Brandywine Creek State Park

Winter Invasives Walk- Hidden Pond Trail

Saturday, February 12, 2022

10:00 AM

Bright against the pale winter landscape, the invasive plants are visible. Join the naturalists for a hike around the Hidden Pond Trail as we discuss invasive plants and their damage to our ecosystem. Register in the office or over the phone at 302-655-5740. Free

Add to Calendar 2/12/2022 10:00:00 AM 2/12/2022 11:30:00 AM America/New_York Winter Invasives Walk- Hidden Pond Trail Bright against the pale winter landscape, the invasive plants are visible. Join the naturalists for a hike around the Hidden Pond Trail as we discuss invasive plants and their damage to our ecosystem. Register in the office or over the phone at 302-655-5740. Free Brandywine Creek State Park

Winter Invasives Walk- Hidden Pond Trail

Saturday, February 12, 2022

2:00 PM

Bright against the pale winter landscape, the invasive plants are visible. Join the naturalists for a hike around the Hidden Pond Trail as we discuss invasive plants and their damage to our ecosystem. Register in the office or over the phone at 302-655-5740. Free

Add to Calendar 2/12/2022 2:00:00 PM 2/12/2022 3:30:00 PM America/New_York Winter Invasives Walk- Hidden Pond Trail Bright against the pale winter landscape, the invasive plants are visible. Join the naturalists for a hike around the Hidden Pond Trail as we discuss invasive plants and their damage to our ecosystem. Register in the office or over the phone at 302-655-5740. Free Brandywine Creek State Park

Love Birds and Bird Lovers Hike

Sunday, February 13, 2022

11:00 AM

Calling the love birds and bird lovers! Come take a relaxing hike through the park and learn about the romantic folkloric tie that birds have to Valentine's Day. Register in the office or over the phone at 302-655-5740. Free

Add to Calendar 2/13/2022 11:00:00 AM 2/13/2022 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Love Birds and Bird Lovers Hike Calling the love birds and bird lovers! Come take a relaxing hike through the park and learn about the romantic folkloric tie that birds have to Valentine's Day. Register in the office or over the phone at 302-655-5740. Free Brandywine Creek State Park

Full Snow Moon HIke

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

6:30 PM

Join the naturalists for a hike under the wide-open skies and look for the beautiful full moon. Learn a bit about the moon and some of the folklore that it stars in. Discover why we call it the Snow Moon. Online registration closes 24 hours before the program, after that call 302-655-5740 to register (if spaces are available). $6 per person

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Add to Calendar 2/16/2022 6:30:00 PM 2/16/2022 7:30:00 PM America/New_York Full Snow Moon HIke Join the naturalists for a hike under the wide-open skies and look for the beautiful full moon. Learn a bit about the moon and some of the folklore that it stars in. Discover why we call it the Snow Moon. Online registration closes 24 hours before the program, after that call 302-655-5740 to register (if spaces are available). $6 per person Brandywine Creek State Park

An Introduction to the Brandywine Trail

Saturday, February 19, 2022

11:00 AM

If you are a newcomer to the park this is the hike for you! Join the naturalists for an easy beginners hike along the Brandywine Trail. Learn a bit of park history, and discover flora and fauna of the park. Mostly accessible trail, part paved and part gravel, stroller friendly. Register in the office or over the phone at 302-655-5740. Free

Add to Calendar 2/19/2022 11:00:00 AM 2/19/2022 12:00:00 PM America/New_York An Introduction to the Brandywine Trail If you are a newcomer to the park this is the hike for you! Join the naturalists for an easy beginners hike along the Brandywine Trail. Learn a bit of park history, and discover flora and fauna of the park. Mostly accessible trail, part paved and part gravel, stroller friendly. Register in the office or over the phone at 302-655-5740. Free Brandywine Creek State Park

An Introduction to the Brandywine Trail

Saturday, February 19, 2022

1:00 PM

If you are a newcomer to the park this is the hike for you! Join the naturalists for an easy beginners hike along the Brandywine Trail. Learn a bit of park history, and discover flora and fauna of the park. Mostly accessible trail, part paved and part gravel, stroller friendly. Register in the office or over the phone at 302-655-5740. Free

Add to Calendar 2/19/2022 1:00:00 PM 2/19/2022 2:00:00 PM America/New_York An Introduction to the Brandywine Trail If you are a newcomer to the park this is the hike for you! Join the naturalists for an easy beginners hike along the Brandywine Trail. Learn a bit of park history, and discover flora and fauna of the park. Mostly accessible trail, part paved and part gravel, stroller friendly. Register in the office or over the phone at 302-655-5740. Free Brandywine Creek State Park

Blue Bird Monitoring Trail

Saturday, February 26, 2022

11:00 AM

Learn about volunteering on our Blue Bird Trail Team. We will walk the trail, clean out the boxes for spring nesting season and learn about the Eastern Blue Bird along the way. If interested, you can learn how to sign up for nest box monitoring for the season. Register in the office or over the phone at 302-655-5740. Free

Add to Calendar 2/26/2022 11:00:00 AM 2/26/2022 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Blue Bird Monitoring Trail Learn about volunteering on our Blue Bird Trail Team. We will walk the trail, clean out the boxes for spring nesting season and learn about the Eastern Blue Bird along the way. If interested, you can learn how to sign up for nest box monitoring for the season. Register in the office or over the phone at 302-655-5740. Free Brandywine Creek State Park

Blue Bird Monitoring Trail

Saturday, February 26, 2022

1:00 PM

Learn about volunteering on our Blue Bird Trail Team. We will walk the trail, clean out the boxes for spring nesting season and learn about the Eastern Blue Bird along the way. If interested, you can learn how to sign up for nest box monitoring for the season. Register in the office or over the phone at 302-655-5740. Free

Add to Calendar 2/26/2022 1:00:00 PM 2/26/2022 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Blue Bird Monitoring Trail Learn about volunteering on our Blue Bird Trail Team. We will walk the trail, clean out the boxes for spring nesting season and learn about the Eastern Blue Bird along the way. If interested, you can learn how to sign up for nest box monitoring for the season. Register in the office or over the phone at 302-655-5740. Free Brandywine Creek State Park