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Brandywine Creek State Park


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.

Featured Program: Family Fun Senses Hike at Flint Woods Nature Preserve

Hike the trails through Flint Woods looking for signs of fall and winter! We will use our senses to explore the preserve and see what we can observe! Flint Woods Nature Preserve is a satellite area of Brandywine Creek State Park. Limited to 12 participants. Meet at the park nature center for transportation to the preserve. Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 2:00 PM

Add to Calendar 11/23/2019 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Featured Program: Family Fun Senses Hike at Flint Woods Nature Preserve Hike the trails through Flint Woods looking for signs of fall and winter! We will use our senses to explore the preserve and see what we can observe! Flint Woods Nature Preserve is a satellite area of Brandywine Creek State Park. Limited to 12 participants. Meet at the park nature center for transportation to the preserve. Brandywine Creek State Park


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

Intro to Orienteering

Saturday, November 23, 2019

11:00 AM

Learn map and compass skills to find your way around our fun & newly designed orienteering course! Take home maps are available for $2 or $5 each. Pre-registration is encouraged, space is limited, fun is not! $5 per person

Add to Calendar 11/23/2019 11:00:00 AM 11/23/2019 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Intro to Orienteering Learn map and compass skills to find your way around our fun & newly designed orienteering course! Take home maps are available for $2 or $5 each. Pre-registration is encouraged, space is limited, fun is not! $5 per person Brandywine Creek State Park

Family Fun Senses Hike - Special Program at Flint Woods Nature Preserve

Saturday, November 23, 2019

2:00 PM

Flint Woods Nature Preserve is a satellite area of Brandywine Creek State Park. Limited to 12. cost $5 per person unless otherwise noted. Meet at the park Nature Center for transportation to the preserve. Family Fun Senses Hike Join us as we hike the trails through Flint Woods looking for signs of fall and winter! We will use our senses to explore the Preserve and see what we can observe!

Add to Calendar 11/23/2019 2:00:00 PM 11/23/2019 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Family Fun Senses Hike - Special Program at Flint Woods Nature Preserve Flint Woods Nature Preserve is a satellite area of Brandywine Creek State Park. Limited to 12. cost $5 per person unless otherwise noted. Meet at the park Nature Center for transportation to the preserve. Family Fun Senses Hike Join us as we hike the trails through Flint Woods looking for signs of fall and winter! We will use our senses to explore the Preserve and see what we can observe! Brandywine Creek State Park

Monthly Bird Walks

Saturday, November 30, 2019

8:00 AM

Bring your eyes, ears and a comfortable pair of hiking boots. Our expert volunteer birder from the Museum of Natural History will lead the group, and provide tips and advice to all interested bird watchers. this program is free with paid admission to the park, no pre-registration required. Call (302) 655-5740 with questions.

Add to Calendar 11/30/2019 8:00:00 AM 11/30/2019 10:00:00 AM America/New_York Monthly Bird Walks Bring your eyes, ears and a comfortable pair of hiking boots. Our expert volunteer birder from the Museum of Natural History will lead the group, and provide tips and advice to all interested bird watchers. this program is free with paid admission to the park, no pre-registration required. Call (302) 655-5740 with questions. Brandywine Creek State Park

Brandywine Creek’s Cookies and Cocoa with Santa!

Friday, December 6, 2019

6:00 PM

Santa’s coming to town! Pop in anytime from 6 to 8 p.m. and join Santa for cookies and cocoa. Bring your camera and take a photo with Santa, sip some hot cocoa, and enjoy making a holiday craft while listening to the sounds of Christmas. $5 per person

Add to Calendar 12/6/2019 6:00:00 PM 12/6/2019 7:00:00 PM America/New_York Brandywine Creek’s Cookies and Cocoa with Santa! Santa’s coming to town! Pop in anytime from 6 to 8 p.m. and join Santa for cookies and cocoa. Bring your camera and take a photo with Santa, sip some hot cocoa, and enjoy making a holiday craft while listening to the sounds of Christmas. $5 per person Brandywine Creek State Park

Holiday Wreath Making Workshop

Saturday, December 7, 2019

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 and enjoy cocoa, cookies, and Christmas tunes. Pre-registration required, space is very limited. (about 10 people) $25 per person

Add to Calendar 12/7/2019 1:00:00 PM 12/7/2019 2:00:00 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 and enjoy cocoa, cookies, and Christmas tunes. Pre-registration required, space is very limited. (about 10 people) $25 per person Brandywine Creek State Park

Terrific Toddlers: Winter Sleepers

Thursday, December 12, 2019

9:30 AM

You sleep at night, some animals sleep all winter long. Come to this lively program to learn all about these cold weather nappers! Nature program for children ages 2 to 4 years.

Add to Calendar 12/12/2019 9:30:00 AM 12/12/2019 10:15:00 AM America/New_York Terrific Toddlers: Winter Sleepers You sleep at night, some animals sleep all winter long. Come to this lively program to learn all about these cold weather nappers! Nature program for children ages 2 to 4 years. Brandywine Creek State Park

Holiday Bird Feeders

Saturday, December 14, 2019

11:00 AM

We will listen to holiday tunes and make some yummy bird feeders for our friends the birds! Make one for a gift or for your own back yard! $5 per person

Add to Calendar 12/14/2019 11:00:00 AM 12/14/2019 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Holiday Bird Feeders We will listen to holiday tunes and make some yummy bird feeders for our friends the birds! Make one for a gift or for your own back yard! $5 per person Brandywine Creek State Park

Holiday Fire Treats!

Saturday, December 14, 2019

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. $5 per person

Add to Calendar 12/14/2019 1:00:00 PM 12/14/2019 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. $5 per person Brandywine Creek State Park

Winter Solstice Hike

Saturday, December 21, 2019

11:00 AM

Bundle up and celebrate the first day of winter and the darkest day of the year by going for a hike and learning about the significance of the solstice to different cultures throughout history. FREE

Add to Calendar 12/21/2019 11:00:00 AM 12/21/2019 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Winter Solstice Hike Bundle up and celebrate the first day of winter and the darkest day of the year by going for a hike and learning about the significance of the solstice to different cultures throughout history. FREE Brandywine Creek State Park

Monthly Bird Walks

Saturday, December 28, 2019

8:00 AM

Bring your eyes, ears and a comfortable pair of hiking boots. Our expert volunteer birder from the Museum of Natural History will lead the group, and provide tips and advice to all interested bird watchers. this program is free with paid admission to the park, no pre-registration required. Call (302) 655-5740 with questions.

Add to Calendar 12/28/2019 8:00:00 AM 12/28/2019 10:00:00 AM America/New_York Monthly Bird Walks Bring your eyes, ears and a comfortable pair of hiking boots. Our expert volunteer birder from the Museum of Natural History will lead the group, and provide tips and advice to all interested bird watchers. this program is free with paid admission to the park, no pre-registration required. Call (302) 655-5740 with questions. Brandywine Creek State Park

First Day Hike

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

12:30 PM

Start off the year “resolving” to have more fun in the park. Join us for an invigorating hike through the woods and meadows. We’ll keep an eye out for other critters enjoying the day along with us. Free

Add to Calendar 1/1/2020 12:30:00 PM 1/1/2020 1:30:00 PM America/New_York First Day Hike Start off the year “resolving” to have more fun in the park. Join us for an invigorating hike through the woods and meadows. We’ll keep an eye out for other critters enjoying the day along with us. Free Brandywine Creek State Park

Why rocks rock!

Saturday, January 4, 2020

11:00 AM

Geology for kids! Join us as we learn about the rocks of Brandywine Creek. We will look for rocks at the creek, learn their history, and sort and classify them. Find out why rocks rock! FREE

Add to Calendar 1/4/2020 11:00:00 AM 1/4/2020 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Why rocks rock! Geology for kids! Join us as we learn about the rocks of Brandywine Creek. We will look for rocks at the creek, learn their history, and sort and classify them. Find out why rocks rock! FREE Brandywine Creek State Park

Terrific Toddlers: Wake up Whistle Pigs!

Thursday, January 9, 2020

9:30 AM

The groundhogs have been hibernating through the winter. Come to this program and learn about the “whistle pig” and why we wait for a cloudy morning on February 2nd! Nature program for children ages 2 to 4 years.

Add to Calendar 1/9/2020 9:30:00 AM 1/9/2020 10:15:00 AM America/New_York Terrific Toddlers: Wake up Whistle Pigs! The groundhogs have been hibernating through the winter. Come to this program and learn about the “whistle pig” and why we wait for a cloudy morning on February 2nd! Nature program for children ages 2 to 4 years. Brandywine Creek State Park

Wonderful Winter!

Saturday, January 11, 2020

11:00 AM

Come hike the beautiful Flint woods preserve and learn about how nature and history go hand in hand here at Brandywine Creek State Park. We will discuss how this satellite location became a preserve, research we do here, and learn about the flora and fauna in this area. Enjoy a cup of warm cocoa after the hike. Pre-registration required. FREE

Add to Calendar 1/11/2020 11:00:00 AM 1/11/2020 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Wonderful Winter! Come hike the beautiful Flint woods preserve and learn about how nature and history go hand in hand here at Brandywine Creek State Park. We will discuss how this satellite location became a preserve, research we do here, and learn about the flora and fauna in this area. Enjoy a cup of warm cocoa after the hike. Pre-registration required. FREE Brandywine Creek State Park

Winter Wildlife Walk

Saturday, January 18, 2020

11:00 AM

Learn about hibernation, why some animals at Brandywine Creek do not hibernate or migrate, and how they can survive here in the cold months. FREE

Add to Calendar 1/18/2020 11:00:00 AM 1/18/2020 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Winter Wildlife Walk Learn about hibernation, why some animals at Brandywine Creek do not hibernate or migrate, and how they can survive here in the cold months. FREE Brandywine Creek State Park

Winter Sky Gazing

Friday, January 24, 2020

6:00 PM

Join us for a chance to experience the park after dark. We will use our scopes and our eyes to check out the winter constellations, cloud formations, moon phases, and maybe even a shooting star. Meet us at the nature center; pre-registration is encouraged to ensure space is available. $5 per person

Add to Calendar 1/24/2020 6:00:00 PM 1/24/2020 7:00:00 PM America/New_York Winter Sky Gazing Join us for a chance to experience the park after dark. We will use our scopes and our eyes to check out the winter constellations, cloud formations, moon phases, and maybe even a shooting star. Meet us at the nature center; pre-registration is encouraged to ensure space is available. $5 per person Brandywine Creek State Park

Monthly Bird Walks

Saturday, January 25, 2020

8:00 AM

Bring your eyes, ears and a comfortable pair of hiking boots. Our expert volunteer birder from the Museum of Natural History will lead the group, and provide tips and advice to all interested bird watchers. this program is free with paid admission to the park, no pre-registration required. Call (302) 655-5740 with questions.

Add to Calendar 1/25/2020 8:00:00 AM 1/25/2020 10:00:00 AM America/New_York Monthly Bird Walks Bring your eyes, ears and a comfortable pair of hiking boots. Our expert volunteer birder from the Museum of Natural History will lead the group, and provide tips and advice to all interested bird watchers. this program is free with paid admission to the park, no pre-registration required. Call (302) 655-5740 with questions. Brandywine Creek State Park

Summer Day Camp Registration

Monday, February 3, 2020

8:00 AM

Faxed, e-mailed, and in-person registrations will be accepted starting February 4. No mail-in registrations; we cannot guarantee space with mail-in registrations. For a camp brochure, call the nature center at (302) 655-5740.

Add to Calendar 2/3/2020 8:00:00 AM 2/3/2020 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Summer Day Camp Registration Faxed, e-mailed, and in-person registrations will be accepted starting February 4. No mail-in registrations; we cannot guarantee space with mail-in registrations. For a camp brochure, call the nature center at (302) 655-5740. Brandywine Creek State Park

Winter Plant ID

Saturday, February 8, 2020

11:00 AM

How can we ID plants when there are not leaves? Join us to learn how to identify plants and trees using bard, buds, and more! We will also do a leaf rubbing craft where you will use clues to match the leaf to its tree. FREE

Add to Calendar 2/8/2020 11:00:00 AM 2/8/2020 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Winter Plant ID How can we ID plants when there are not leaves? Join us to learn how to identify plants and trees using bard, buds, and more! We will also do a leaf rubbing craft where you will use clues to match the leaf to its tree. FREE Brandywine Creek State Park

Terrific Toddlers: Nature Valentines

Thursday, February 13, 2020

9:30 AM

Be my purrrrfect valentine! Join us in making nature valentines you can give to someone special in your life. Nature program for children ages 2 to 4 years.

Add to Calendar 2/13/2020 9:30:00 AM 2/13/2020 10:15:00 AM America/New_York Terrific Toddlers: Nature Valentines Be my purrrrfect valentine! Join us in making nature valentines you can give to someone special in your life. Nature program for children ages 2 to 4 years. Brandywine Creek State Park

Signs of Spring Hike

Saturday, February 22, 2020

11:00 AM

Learn about how plants and animals are able to tell spring is right around the corner (even when it’s still cold). Learn about what plants are the first to start growing and sprouting during this time and enjoy a hike to search for early signs of spring! Free

Add to Calendar 2/22/2020 11:00:00 AM 2/22/2020 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Signs of Spring Hike Learn about how plants and animals are able to tell spring is right around the corner (even when it’s still cold). Learn about what plants are the first to start growing and sprouting during this time and enjoy a hike to search for early signs of spring! Free Brandywine Creek State Park

Monthly Bird Walks

Saturday, February 29, 2020

8:00 AM

Bring your eyes, ears and a comfortable pair of hiking boots. Our expert volunteer birder from the Museum of Natural History will lead the group, and provide tips and advice to all interested bird watchers. this program is free with paid admission to the park, no pre-registration required. Call (302) 655-5740 with questions.

Add to Calendar 2/29/2020 8:00:00 AM 2/29/2020 10:00:00 AM America/New_York Monthly Bird Walks Bring your eyes, ears and a comfortable pair of hiking boots. Our expert volunteer birder from the Museum of Natural History will lead the group, and provide tips and advice to all interested bird watchers. this program is free with paid admission to the park, no pre-registration required. Call (302) 655-5740 with questions. Brandywine Creek State Park