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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

Autumn Hayride

Saturday, October 9, 2021

11:00 AM

Come enjoy the fall foliage as you travel through the meadows on a wagon! Reserve a wagon for your family, school, work, church group or birthday party! You'll enjoy a fun-filled hayride around the park followed by a cozy 45-minute campfire. Bring a blanket, food and beverages (non-alcoholic) and settle in for a relaxing 30-minute trip; rides leave on time. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required by noon on the day before the hayride. $130 per wagon (up to 20 adults/children)

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Add to Calendar 10/9/2021 11:00:00 AM 10/9/2021 6:00:00 PM America/New_York Autumn Hayride Come enjoy the fall foliage as you travel through the meadows on a wagon! Reserve a wagon for your family, school, work, church group or birthday party! You'll enjoy a fun-filled hayride around the park followed by a cozy 45-minute campfire. Bring a blanket, food and beverages (non-alcoholic) and settle in for a relaxing 30-minute trip; rides leave on time. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required by noon on the day before the hayride. $130 per wagon (up to 20 adults/children) Brandywine Creek State Park

Autumn Hayride

Sunday, October 10, 2021

11:00 AM

Come enjoy the fall foliage as you travel through the meadows on a wagon! Reserve a wagon for your family, school, work, church group or birthday party! You'll enjoy a fun-filled hayride around the park followed by a cozy 45-minute campfire. Bring a blanket, food and beverages (non-alcoholic) and settle in for a relaxing 30-minute trip; rides leave on time. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required by noon on the day before the hayride. $130 per wagon (up to 20 adults/children)

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Add to Calendar 10/10/2021 11:00:00 AM 10/10/2021 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Autumn Hayride Come enjoy the fall foliage as you travel through the meadows on a wagon! Reserve a wagon for your family, school, work, church group or birthday party! You'll enjoy a fun-filled hayride around the park followed by a cozy 45-minute campfire. Bring a blanket, food and beverages (non-alcoholic) and settle in for a relaxing 30-minute trip; rides leave on time. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required by noon on the day before the hayride. $130 per wagon (up to 20 adults/children) Brandywine Creek State Park

Autumn Hayride

Saturday, October 16, 2021

12:00 PM

Come enjoy the fall foliage as you travel through the meadows on a wagon! Reserve a wagon for your family, school, work, church group or birthday party! You'll enjoy a fun-filled hayride around the park followed by a cozy 45-minute campfire. Bring a blanket, food and beverages (non-alcoholic) and settle in for a relaxing 30-minute trip; rides leave on time. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required by noon on the day before the hayride. $130 per wagon (up to 20 adults/children)

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Add to Calendar 10/16/2021 12:00:00 PM 10/16/2021 6:00:00 PM America/New_York Autumn Hayride Come enjoy the fall foliage as you travel through the meadows on a wagon! Reserve a wagon for your family, school, work, church group or birthday party! You'll enjoy a fun-filled hayride around the park followed by a cozy 45-minute campfire. Bring a blanket, food and beverages (non-alcoholic) and settle in for a relaxing 30-minute trip; rides leave on time. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required by noon on the day before the hayride. $130 per wagon (up to 20 adults/children) Brandywine Creek State Park

Autumn Hayride

Sunday, October 17, 2021

11:00 AM

Come enjoy the fall foliage as you travel through the meadows on a wagon! Reserve a wagon for your family, school, work, church group or birthday party! You'll enjoy a fun-filled hayride around the park followed by a cozy 45-minute campfire. Bring a blanket, food and beverages (non-alcoholic) and settle in for a relaxing 30-minute trip; rides leave on time. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required by noon on the day before the hayride. $130 per wagon (up to 20 adults/children)

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Add to Calendar 10/17/2021 11:00:00 AM 10/17/2021 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Autumn Hayride Come enjoy the fall foliage as you travel through the meadows on a wagon! Reserve a wagon for your family, school, work, church group or birthday party! You'll enjoy a fun-filled hayride around the park followed by a cozy 45-minute campfire. Bring a blanket, food and beverages (non-alcoholic) and settle in for a relaxing 30-minute trip; rides leave on time. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required by noon on the day before the hayride. $130 per wagon (up to 20 adults/children) Brandywine Creek State Park

Full Moon Hike

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

7:30 PM

Join our naturalists for a hike under the wide-open skies and look for the Blood Moon. Online registration ends 48 hours prior to the program. After that, please call 302-655-3534. $6 per person

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Add to Calendar 10/20/2021 7:30:00 PM 10/20/2021 8:30:00 PM America/New_York Full Moon Hike Join our naturalists for a hike under the wide-open skies and look for the Blood Moon. Online registration ends 48 hours prior to the program. After that, please call 302-655-3534. $6 per person Brandywine Creek State Park

Enchanted Meadow Trick or Treat Weekend

Friday, October 22, 2021

6:00 PM

Dress your family in your Halloween best and come explore the magic of the enchanted meadows! Meet storybook characters as you journey through the trail for treats. Purchase tickets for one of three time slots: 6, 7 or 8 p.m. Online registration ends 48 hours prior to the program. After that, please call 302-655-3534. $6 per person (adults and children)

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Add to Calendar 10/22/2021 6:00:00 PM 10/22/2021 9:00:00 PM America/New_York Enchanted Meadow Trick or Treat Weekend Dress your family in your Halloween best and come explore the magic of the enchanted meadows! Meet storybook characters as you journey through the trail for treats. Purchase tickets for one of three time slots: 6, 7 or 8 p.m. Online registration ends 48 hours prior to the program. After that, please call 302-655-3534. $6 per person (adults and children) Brandywine Creek State Park

Enchanted Meadow Trick or Treat Weekend

Saturday, October 23, 2021

6:00 PM

Dress your family in your Halloween best and come explore the magic of the enchanted meadows! Meet storybook characters as you journey through the trail for treats. Purchase tickets for one of three time slots: 6, 7 or 8 p.m. Online registration ends 48 hours prior to the program. After that, please call 302-655-3534. $6 per person (adults and children)

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Add to Calendar 10/23/2021 6:00:00 PM 10/23/2021 9:00:00 PM America/New_York Enchanted Meadow Trick or Treat Weekend Dress your family in your Halloween best and come explore the magic of the enchanted meadows! Meet storybook characters as you journey through the trail for treats. Purchase tickets for one of three time slots: 6, 7 or 8 p.m. Online registration ends 48 hours prior to the program. After that, please call 302-655-3534. $6 per person (adults and children) Brandywine Creek State Park

Enchanted Meadow Trick or Treat Weekend

Sunday, October 24, 2021

6:00 PM

Dress your family in your Halloween best and come explore the magic of the enchanted meadows! Meet storybook characters as you journey through the trail for treats. Purchase tickets for one of three time slots: 6, 7 or 8 p.m. Online registration ends 48 hours prior to the program. After that, please call 302-655-3534. $6 per person (adults and children)

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Add to Calendar 10/24/2021 6:00:00 PM 10/24/2021 9:00:00 PM America/New_York Enchanted Meadow Trick or Treat Weekend Dress your family in your Halloween best and come explore the magic of the enchanted meadows! Meet storybook characters as you journey through the trail for treats. Purchase tickets for one of three time slots: 6, 7 or 8 p.m. Online registration ends 48 hours prior to the program. After that, please call 302-655-3534. $6 per person (adults and children) Brandywine Creek State Park

Autumn Hayride

Saturday, October 30, 2021

11:00 AM

Come enjoy the fall foliage as you travel through the meadows on a wagon! Reserve a wagon for your family, school, work, church group or birthday party! You'll enjoy a fun-filled hayride around the park followed by a cozy 45-minute campfire. Bring a blanket, food and beverages (non-alcoholic) and settle in for a relaxing 30-minute trip; rides leave on time. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required by noon on the day before the hayride. $130 per wagon (up to 20 adults/children)

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Add to Calendar 10/30/2021 11:00:00 AM 10/30/2021 6:00:00 PM America/New_York Autumn Hayride Come enjoy the fall foliage as you travel through the meadows on a wagon! Reserve a wagon for your family, school, work, church group or birthday party! You'll enjoy a fun-filled hayride around the park followed by a cozy 45-minute campfire. Bring a blanket, food and beverages (non-alcoholic) and settle in for a relaxing 30-minute trip; rides leave on time. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required by noon on the day before the hayride. $130 per wagon (up to 20 adults/children) Brandywine Creek State Park

Autumn Hayride

Sunday, October 31, 2021

11:00 AM

Come enjoy the fall foliage as you travel through the meadows on a wagon! Reserve a wagon for your family, school, work, church group or birthday party! You'll enjoy a fun-filled hayride around the park followed by a cozy 45-minute campfire. Bring a blanket, food and beverages (non-alcoholic) and settle in for a relaxing 30-minute trip; rides leave on time. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required by noon on the day before the hayride. $130 per wagon (up to 20 adults/children)

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Add to Calendar 10/31/2021 11:00:00 AM 10/31/2021 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Autumn Hayride Come enjoy the fall foliage as you travel through the meadows on a wagon! Reserve a wagon for your family, school, work, church group or birthday party! You'll enjoy a fun-filled hayride around the park followed by a cozy 45-minute campfire. Bring a blanket, food and beverages (non-alcoholic) and settle in for a relaxing 30-minute trip; rides leave on time. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required by noon on the day before the hayride. $130 per wagon (up to 20 adults/children) Brandywine Creek State Park

History and Ruins Hike: The Western Bank of the Brandywine

Saturday, November 6, 2021

1:00 PM

Meet at the Thompson's Bridge Parking lot for this hike through history. Explore the history of the river and visit the site of the old Rockland Mills. Learn how the Brandywine was influenced by the people who lived here, and discover how the creek came to be an important part of the Industrial Revolution. Pre-registration is required as space is limited; call 302-577-3534 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to sign up. Free

Add to Calendar 11/6/2021 1:00:00 PM 11/6/2021 2:00:00 PM America/New_York History and Ruins Hike: The Western Bank of the Brandywine Meet at the Thompson's Bridge Parking lot for this hike through history. Explore the history of the river and visit the site of the old Rockland Mills. Learn how the Brandywine was influenced by the people who lived here, and discover how the creek came to be an important part of the Industrial Revolution. Pre-registration is required as space is limited; call 302-577-3534 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to sign up. Free Brandywine Creek State Park

Spotted Lanternfly Eggs, Oh My!

Friday, November 12, 2021

3:00 PM

Help defend the park from invasive insects! Learn how to identify spotted lanternflies at each stage and time of year, learn why they are here and how we can help. Help us scrape up the egg cases of the spotted lanternflies to prevent their spread. Pre-registration is required as space is limited; call 302-577-3534 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to sign up. Free

Add to Calendar 11/12/2021 3:00:00 PM 11/12/2021 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Spotted Lanternfly Eggs, Oh My! Help defend the park from invasive insects! Learn how to identify spotted lanternflies at each stage and time of year, learn why they are here and how we can help. Help us scrape up the egg cases of the spotted lanternflies to prevent their spread. Pre-registration is required as space is limited; call 302-577-3534 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to sign up. Free Brandywine Creek State Park

Sparrow Hawk Trail

Saturday, November 13, 2021

1:00 PM

We are going on an adventure! The Sparrow Hawk Trail is an adventure trail that winds through the park. This 2 - 3-hour hike is for those wanting a challenging tour of the entire park to learn how it has changed over the years. Meet at the nature center with hiking boots, water bottles and sunscreen, and get ready for the fun! Pre-registration required, limited spaces available. Free

Add to Calendar 11/13/2021 1:00:00 PM 11/13/2021 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Sparrow Hawk Trail We are going on an adventure! The Sparrow Hawk Trail is an adventure trail that winds through the park. This 2 - 3-hour hike is for those wanting a challenging tour of the entire park to learn how it has changed over the years. Meet at the nature center with hiking boots, water bottles and sunscreen, and get ready for the fun! Pre-registration required, limited spaces available. Free Brandywine Creek State Park

National Hiking Day: Rocky Run Hike

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

1:00 PM

In celebration of National Hiking Day, join us for an adventurous hike on one of our favorite trails. Explore Rocky Run and learn about the different things you might find there. Meet at Thompson's Bridge and be sure to wear sturdy shoes and bring a full water bottle. This trail does include a major stream crossing and rocky terrain. Pre-registration is required as space is limited; call 302-577-3534 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to sign up. Free

Add to Calendar 11/17/2021 1:00:00 PM 11/17/2021 3:00:00 PM America/New_York National Hiking Day: Rocky Run Hike In celebration of National Hiking Day, join us for an adventurous hike on one of our favorite trails. Explore Rocky Run and learn about the different things you might find there. Meet at Thompson's Bridge and be sure to wear sturdy shoes and bring a full water bottle. This trail does include a major stream crossing and rocky terrain. Pre-registration is required as space is limited; call 302-577-3534 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to sign up. Free Brandywine Creek State Park

Full Moon Hike

Friday, November 19, 2021

6:00 PM

Join our naturalists for a hike under the wide-open skies and look for the Blood Moon. Online registration ends 48 hours prior to the program. After that, please call 302-655-3534. $6 per person

Register Online

Add to Calendar 11/19/2021 6:00:00 PM 11/19/2021 7:00:00 PM America/New_York Full Moon Hike Join our naturalists for a hike under the wide-open skies and look for the Blood Moon. Online registration ends 48 hours prior to the program. After that, please call 302-655-3534. $6 per person Brandywine Creek State Park

History and Ruins Hike: The Old Farms

Saturday, November 20, 2021

1:00 PM

Meet at the nature center and learn about BCSP's agricultural past. Learn what was farmed here and how this area impacted the region. We will also visit some of the old ruins found in the park and discover what makes this a historic landscape. Pre-registration is required as space is limited; call 302-577-3534 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to sign up. Free

Add to Calendar 11/20/2021 1:00:00 PM 11/20/2021 2:00:00 PM America/New_York History and Ruins Hike: The Old Farms Meet at the nature center and learn about BCSP's agricultural past. Learn what was farmed here and how this area impacted the region. We will also visit some of the old ruins found in the park and discover what makes this a historic landscape. Pre-registration is required as space is limited; call 302-577-3534 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to sign up. Free Brandywine Creek State Park