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Brandywine Creek State Park


Thompsons Bridge Entrance Closed

The Thompsons Bridge entrance to the park is currently closed for repairing roads damaged by flooding during the recent storms. DelDot expects the project to be completed by the end of the month.

About the Park

Brandywine Creek State Park is divided by grey stone walls that were built of local stone in the late 1800s, when the property was a dairy farm owned by the du Pont family. Three nature preserves are located within the park, including: Tulip Tree Woods, a majestic stand of 190-year-old tulip poplar, and Freshwater Marsh, the first nature preserve in Delaware. The area became a state park in 1965.

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

Full Moon Hike

Monday, November 30, 2020

6:00 PM

Experience the park after dark and join a Naturalist for this fun Full Moon Hike! We will journey through the meadows and see the night sights and sounds. Hike will last approximately 1 hour. Meet at the Nature Center. Pre-registration required, space is limited. $5 per person

Add to Calendar 11/30/2020 6:00:00 PM 11/30/2020 7:00:00 PM America/New_York Full Moon Hike Experience the park after dark and join a Naturalist for this fun Full Moon Hike! We will journey through the meadows and see the night sights and sounds. Hike will last approximately 1 hour. Meet at the Nature Center. Pre-registration required, space is limited. $5 per person Brandywine Creek State Park

Virtual Terrific Toddlers

Thursday, December 3, 2020

10:00 AM

Calling all two- to four-year-olds! Join us for our virtual Terrific Toddlers program! From Thursday September 24 to the end of the year we will host this online virtual program you can do with us from home! Each session will be about 20 minutes long, feature a nature craft you can find materials for at home, along with a short lesson and/or story. Stay tuned to our facebook page for each sessions theme and supplies and additional information.

Add to Calendar 12/3/2020 10:00:00 AM 12/3/2020 10:30:00 AM America/New_York Virtual Terrific Toddlers Calling all two- to four-year-olds! Join us for our virtual Terrific Toddlers program! From Thursday September 24 to the end of the year we will host this online virtual program you can do with us from home! Each session will be about 20 minutes long, feature a nature craft you can find materials for at home, along with a short lesson and/or story. Stay tuned to our facebook page for each sessions theme and supplies and additional information. Brandywine Creek State Park

Holiday Wreath Making Workshop

Saturday, December 5, 2020

10:00 AM

Make a natural wreath and adorn it with nature’s bounty, then take it home to display it for the holiday season, or save it as a gift! We will have everything you need to make your wreath beautiful while enjoying Christmas tunes. Pre-registration required; space is very limited. $20 per wreath

Add to Calendar 12/5/2020 10:00:00 AM 12/5/2020 11:30:00 AM America/New_York Holiday Wreath Making Workshop Make a natural wreath and adorn it with nature’s bounty, then take it home to display it for the holiday season, or save it as a gift! We will have everything you need to make your wreath beautiful while enjoying Christmas tunes. Pre-registration required; space is very limited. $20 per wreath Brandywine Creek State Park

Holiday Wreath Making Workshop

Saturday, December 5, 2020

1:00 PM

Make a natural wreath and adorn it with nature’s bounty, then take it home to display it for the holiday season, or save it as a gift! We will have everything you need to make your wreath beautiful while enjoying Christmas tunes. Pre-registration required; space is very limited. $20 per wreath

Add to Calendar 12/5/2020 1:00:00 PM 12/5/2020 2:30:00 PM America/New_York Holiday Wreath Making Workshop Make a natural wreath and adorn it with nature’s bounty, then take it home to display it for the holiday season, or save it as a gift! We will have everything you need to make your wreath beautiful while enjoying Christmas tunes. Pre-registration required; space is very limited. $20 per wreath Brandywine Creek State Park

Artifact Day!

Saturday, December 12, 2020

10:00 AM

With the help of state archeologists, we have put together a fun selection of artifacts found all over Brandywine Creek Park’s land. We will learn and explore the history of the families that lived in the park through the objects they left behind. Join us for this special behind the scenes look at some artifacts! Pre-registration required, space is limited. Meets at the amphitheater by the nature center. $5 per person

Add to Calendar 12/12/2020 10:00:00 AM 12/12/2020 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Artifact Day! With the help of state archeologists, we have put together a fun selection of artifacts found all over Brandywine Creek Park’s land. We will learn and explore the history of the families that lived in the park through the objects they left behind. Join us for this special behind the scenes look at some artifacts! Pre-registration required, space is limited. Meets at the amphitheater by the nature center. $5 per person Brandywine Creek State Park

Holiday Fire Treats

Saturday, December 12, 2020

1:00 PM

Join us and learn how to make fun holiday sweets—over a campfire! We will gather around the camp fire and make some yummy treats to eat! You will also learn good recipes for making holiday sweets outside with fire! Pre-registration required, space is limited. $5 per person

Add to Calendar 12/12/2020 1:00:00 PM 12/12/2020 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Holiday Fire Treats Join us and learn how to make fun holiday sweets—over a campfire! We will gather around the camp fire and make some yummy treats to eat! You will also learn good recipes for making holiday sweets outside with fire! Pre-registration required, space is limited. $5 per person Brandywine Creek State Park

Virtual Terrific Toddlers

Thursday, December 17, 2020

10:00 AM

Calling all two- to four-year-olds! Join us for our virtual Terrific Toddlers program! From Thursday September 24 to the end of the year we will host this online virtual program you can do with us from home! Each session will be about 20 minutes long, feature a nature craft you can find materials for at home, along with a short lesson and/or story. Stay tuned to our facebook page for each sessions theme and supplies and additional information.

Add to Calendar 12/17/2020 10:00:00 AM 12/17/2020 10:30:00 AM America/New_York Virtual Terrific Toddlers Calling all two- to four-year-olds! Join us for our virtual Terrific Toddlers program! From Thursday September 24 to the end of the year we will host this online virtual program you can do with us from home! Each session will be about 20 minutes long, feature a nature craft you can find materials for at home, along with a short lesson and/or story. Stay tuned to our facebook page for each sessions theme and supplies and additional information. Brandywine Creek State Park

Geology Hike: Hidden Pond

Saturday, December 19, 2020

10:00 AM

Join our naturalists for a 2 hour hike in the park to learn all about the unique geology that makes Brandywine Creek State Park so special. This week we will be hiking Hidden Pond. Meet at the Nature Center. Pre-registration is required, space is limited. Call 302-655-5740 to reserve your spot.

Add to Calendar 12/19/2020 10:00:00 AM 12/19/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Geology Hike: Hidden Pond Join our naturalists for a 2 hour hike in the park to learn all about the unique geology that makes Brandywine Creek State Park so special. This week we will be hiking Hidden Pond. Meet at the Nature Center. Pre-registration is required, space is limited. Call 302-655-5740 to reserve your spot. Brandywine Creek State Park

Ruins and History Hikes Series

Saturday, December 19, 2020

1:00 PM

Meet at the Nature Center for this fun hike! Join us as we explore the ruins of our park and learn about the history and culture of the past. Some of the topics we explore are the stone walls, Wilson’s farm, rockland mills, and more!

Add to Calendar 12/19/2020 1:00:00 PM 12/19/2020 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Ruins and History Hikes Series Meet at the Nature Center for this fun hike! Join us as we explore the ruins of our park and learn about the history and culture of the past. Some of the topics we explore are the stone walls, Wilson’s farm, rockland mills, and more! Brandywine Creek State Park

Full Moon Hike

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

5:00 PM

Experience the park after dark and join a Naturalist for this fun Full Moon Hike! We will journey through the meadows and see the night sights and sounds. Hike will last approximately 1 hour. Meet at the Nature Center. Pre-registration required, space is limited. $5 per person

Add to Calendar 12/29/2020 5:00:00 PM 12/29/2020 6:00:00 PM America/New_York Full Moon Hike Experience the park after dark and join a Naturalist for this fun Full Moon Hike! We will journey through the meadows and see the night sights and sounds. Hike will last approximately 1 hour. Meet at the Nature Center. Pre-registration required, space is limited. $5 per person Brandywine Creek State Park