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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.

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

Craft Workshop: Ornaments

Saturday, December 15, 2018

11 a.m.

Come in from the cold to make an ornament that will look great decorating your home for the holidays! meet at the Nature Center $10.00 per person

Add to Calendar 12/15/2018 11:00 AM 12/15/2018 01:00 PM America/New_York Craft Workshop: Ornaments Come in from the cold to make an ornament that will look great decorating your home for the holidays! meet at the Nature Center $10.00 per person Brandywine Creek State Park

Monthly Bird Walks

Saturday, December 29, 2018

8 a.m.

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, 41 Adams Dam Rd, Wilmington, DE 19807, USA

Add to Calendar 12/29/2018 8:00 12/29/2018 10:00 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, 41 Adams Dam Rd, Wilmington, DE 19807, USA Brandywine Creek State Park

Craft Workshop: Mugs and Coasters

Saturday, December 29, 2018

11 a.m.

Christmas is over but the cold is sticking around! Why not make and bring home a mug for beverages that can warm you up? Meet at the Nature Center $10.00 per person

Add to Calendar 12/29/2018 11:00 AM 12/29/2018 01:00 PM America/New_York Craft Workshop: Mugs and Coasters Christmas is over but the cold is sticking around! Why not make and bring home a mug for beverages that can warm you up? Meet at the Nature Center $10.00 per person Brandywine Creek State Park

First Day Hike

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

1 p.m.

Ring in the new year with a lovely walk in the woods. Dress warmly and keep your fingers crossed for some beautiful snow on the ground! Meet at Nature Center FREE EVENT!

Add to Calendar 01/01/2019 01:00 PM 01/01/2019 02:00 PM America/New_York First Day Hike Ring in the new year with a lovely walk in the woods. Dress warmly and keep your fingers crossed for some beautiful snow on the ground! Meet at Nature Center FREE EVENT! Brandywine Creek State Park

Social Hike

Saturday, January 5, 2019

1 p.m.

Dress warmly and go for a stroll in the park! Nice scenery and nice conversation! Meet at the Nature Center FREE EVENT!

Add to Calendar 01/05/2019 01:00 PM 01/05/2019 02:00 PM America/New_York Social Hike Dress warmly and go for a stroll in the park! Nice scenery and nice conversation! Meet at the Nature Center FREE EVENT! Brandywine Creek State Park

Terrific Toddlers: Wake Up Whistle Pig!

Thursday, January 10, 2019

9:30 a.m.

Bring your little ones (ages 2-4) to learn about one of our park's most common residents: the ground hogs (or whistle pigs as they're known out in the country!) Meet at Nature Center $5.00 per person

Add to Calendar 01/10/2019 09:30 AM 01/10/2019 11:00 AM America/New_York Terrific Toddlers: Wake Up Whistle Pig! Bring your little ones (ages 2-4) to learn about one of our park's most common residents: the ground hogs (or whistle pigs as they're known out in the country!) Meet at Nature Center $5.00 per person Brandywine Creek State Park

Nature Explorers: Wake Up Whistle Pig

Thursday, January 10, 2019

1:30 p.m.

Come and learn about one of our park's most common residents: the groundhogs, (or as they're known out in the country, whistle pigs!) Meet at Nature Center $5.00 per person

Add to Calendar 01/10/2019 01:30 PM 01/10/2019 03:00 PM America/New_York Nature Explorers: Wake Up Whistle Pig Come and learn about one of our park's most common residents: the groundhogs, (or as they're known out in the country, whistle pigs!) Meet at Nature Center $5.00 per person Brandywine Creek State Park

Winter Workout

Saturday, January 12, 2019

11 a.m.

Hike in our wonderful Flintwoods Preserve! Dress warmly and be prepared to tackle some hills! meet at Narture Center $5.00 per person

Add to Calendar 01/12/2019 11:00 AM 01/12/2019 12:00 PM America/New_York Winter Workout Hike in our wonderful Flintwoods Preserve! Dress warmly and be prepared to tackle some hills! meet at Narture Center $5.00 per person Brandywine Creek State Park

Wilderness Survival: Knot Tying

Saturday, January 12, 2019

1 p.m.

Learn how to tie knots! This useful skill could save your life one day! meet at the Nature Center $5.00

Add to Calendar 01/12/2019 01:00 PM 01/12/2019 02:00 PM America/New_York Wilderness Survival: Knot Tying Learn how to tie knots! This useful skill could save your life one day! meet at the Nature Center $5.00 Brandywine Creek State Park

Social Hike

Saturday, January 19, 2019

1 p.m.

A good hike in the park and good conversation! Meet at Nature Center FREE EVENT

Add to Calendar 01/19/2019 01:00 PM 01/19/2019 02:00 PM America/New_York Social Hike A good hike in the park and good conversation! Meet at Nature Center FREE EVENT Brandywine Creek State Park

Monthly Bird Walks

Saturday, January 26, 2019

8 a.m.

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, 41 Adams Dam Rd, Wilmington, DE 19807, USA

Add to Calendar 1/26/2019 8:00 1/26/2019 10:00 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, 41 Adams Dam Rd, Wilmington, DE 19807, USA Brandywine Creek State Park

Wilderness Survival: Shelter Building

Saturday, January 26, 2019

1 p.m.

Learn how to build yourself a simple shelter in case you ever find yourself stranded in the wilderness! meet at the Nature Center $5.00

Add to Calendar 01/26/2019 01:00 PM 01/26/2019 02:00 PM America/New_York Wilderness Survival: Shelter Building Learn how to build yourself a simple shelter in case you ever find yourself stranded in the wilderness! meet at the Nature Center $5.00 Brandywine Creek State Park

Starry Night Hike

Saturday, January 26, 2019

6 p.m.

Star gazing at the skies above the park. Dress warmly! Meet at the Nature Center $5.00 per person

Add to Calendar 01/26/2019 06:00 PM 01/26/2019 07:00 PM America/New_York Starry Night Hike Star gazing at the skies above the park. Dress warmly! Meet at the Nature Center $5.00 per person Brandywine Creek State Park

Wilderness Survival: Firebuilding

Saturday, February 2, 2019

1 p.m.

Learn how to successfully build a fire, one of the most important survival skills of them all! meet at the Nature Center $5.00 per person

Add to Calendar 02/02/2019 01:00 PM 02/02/2019 02:00 PM America/New_York Wilderness Survival: Firebuilding Learn how to successfully build a fire, one of the most important survival skills of them all! meet at the Nature Center $5.00 per person Brandywine Creek State Park

Social Hike

Saturday, February 2, 2019

1 p.m.

A good hike in the woods and good conversation! Meet at Nature Center FREE EVENT

Add to Calendar 02/02/2019 01:00 PM 02/02/2019 02:00 PM America/New_York Social Hike A good hike in the woods and good conversation! Meet at Nature Center FREE EVENT Brandywine Creek State Park

Terrific Toddlers: Nature Valentines

Thursday, February 14, 2019

9:30 a.m.

Bring your little ones (2-4 years old) to learn how our animal friends celebrate Valentine's Day! Meet at the Nature Center $5.00 per person

Add to Calendar 02/14/2019 09:30 AM 02/14/2019 11:00 AM America/New_York Terrific Toddlers: Nature Valentines Bring your little ones (2-4 years old) to learn how our animal friends celebrate Valentine's Day! Meet at the Nature Center $5.00 per person Brandywine Creek State Park

Nature Explorers: Nature Valentines

Thursday, February 14, 2019

1:30 p.m.

Bring your kids to learn how some of our animal friends celebrate Valentine's Day! Meet at the Nature Center $5.00 per person

Add to Calendar 02/14/2019 01:30 PM 02/14/2019 03:00 PM America/New_York Nature Explorers: Nature Valentines Bring your kids to learn how some of our animal friends celebrate Valentine's Day! Meet at the Nature Center $5.00 per person Brandywine Creek State Park

Wilderness Survival: Cooking Over a Fire

Saturday, February 16, 2019

1 p.m.

Once your fire is build you have to learn how to cook on it! Come have a good meal over the fire! Meet at the Nature Center $5.00 per person

Add to Calendar 02/16/2019 01:00 PM 02/16/2019 02:00 PM America/New_York Wilderness Survival: Cooking Over a Fire Once your fire is build you have to learn how to cook on it! Come have a good meal over the fire! Meet at the Nature Center $5.00 per person Brandywine Creek State Park

Monthly Bird Walks

Saturday, February 23, 2019

8 a.m.

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, 41 Adams Dam Rd, Wilmington, DE 19807, USA

Add to Calendar 2/23/2019 8:00 2/23/2019 10:00 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, 41 Adams Dam Rd, Wilmington, DE 19807, USA Brandywine Creek State Park

Bluebird Spring Trail Hike

Saturday, February 23, 2019

11 a.m.

Take a walk in the park to see where our bluebirds will soon be returning to rooste for the spring. Meet at the Nature Center FREE EVENT

Add to Calendar 02/23/2019 11:00 AM 02/23/2019 12:00 PM America/New_York Bluebird Spring Trail Hike Take a walk in the park to see where our bluebirds will soon be returning to rooste for the spring. Meet at the Nature Center FREE EVENT Brandywine Creek State Park