View of Auburn Heights Mansion at Auburn Valley State Park

Auburn Valley State Park


Special Notice: Trail Closures

On Wednesday, October 21, both the Auburn Valley Trail and Trolley Trail will be inaccessible due to bridge construction on Farm Lane Road. Please plan accordingly.

Find Your Adventure at Auburn Valley

Steam car tour at Auburn Valley State Park

Ride a Vintage Steam Car

Visit the Marshall Steam Museum on Steamin’ Days and learn about steam power and the role of water.

The Red Clay Creek at Auburn Valley is socked with trout each spring

Fish the Red Clay Creek

Visit this creek in April to catch freshly stocked trout, or take part in a children’s fishing program.

The Oversee Farm Trail leads to a local farmhouse and barn

Hike the Oversee Farm Trail

Enjoy a 1.1-mile hike as you explore the architecture of the local farmhouse and barn found here.

The Marshall Family bridge is an 1883 bowstring truss bridge from Iowa. It was salvaged and brought to Auburn Valley State Park in 2018.

Watch a Sunset from the Marshall Family Bridge

Hike or bike through the natural and cultural history of Wilmington! Stop at historic overlooks to learn about the textile mills that once stood throughout the region.

Auburn Heights mansion retains many original Victorian furnishings

Tour Auburn Heights Mansion

This Queen Anne-style home, built in 1897, is a stellar example of Victorian style and decor. It includes many of the Marshall family's original furnishings, and remains today much as it did when three generations of the family lived there.

The former Marshall Brothers Paper Mill is a glimpse into Delaware's industrial past

Superintendent’s Pick: Tour the Paper Mill

Check out the former Marshall Brothers Paper Mill for a glimpse of Delaware's industrial past. Be sure to bring your camera!

Delaware’s Newest State Park

Nestled in the Piedmont’s Red Clay Valley, visitors to Auburn Valley State Park will discover the history of the Marshall Family, Yorklyn’s rich industrial history, and revitalization of this site. Previously known as Auburn Heights Preserve, Auburn Valley State Park features new hiking and paved biking trails, the historic Marshall Mansion completed in 1897, the Marshall Steam Museum, the Auburn Valley 1/8-scale railroad, and much more.

Special thanks go to Tom and Ruth Marshall for their generous donation of this Auburn Valley estate to Delaware State Parks.

Tour the Historic Marshall Mansion

Dating back to 1897, the Marshall mansion tells the story of the family that once called Auburn Valley State Park home. The mansion, with its antique furnishings, is open to the public on select dates and for private tours by appointment. Check the Upcoming Events schedule below for a complete listing of public events.

Discover the Power of Steam at The Marshall Steam Museum

The Marshall Steam Museum houses the largest collection of operating steam cars in the world. The museum contains historic Stanley Steamers, and gives guests the opportunity to experience life at the dawn of the automotive age first-hand. The museum is open to the public on select dates and for private tours by appointment. Check the Upcoming Events schedule below for a complete listing of public events.

Explore the Park’s Rich Natural Resources

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Appreciate the beauty of Auburn Valley State Park by exploring Red Clay Creek. Discover the critical role of water in the industrial development of Yorklyn and the revitalization of the surrounding community.

Join us for Steamin’ Days

One of the best ways to experience Auburn Valley State Park is by joining us for Steamin Days. Taking place monthly, park guests have the opportunity to tour the Marshall Mansion and discover what it would have been like to live there. The Marshall Steam Museum opens for tours on these days, and guests may enjoy rides on the miniature trains and steam cars that circle the property.

Schedule Private Tours and Events

Tours of Auburn Heights, the Marshall family mansion, and the Marshall Steam Museum are available by appointment for groups of eight or more on non-event days. Tour tickets are $8 per person for either the mansion or museum tour, or $14 for both. Call (302) 239-5687 for information or to schedule a tour. Schedule tours at least one week in advance.

This timeless estate is a unique location for events ranging from weddings and rehearsal dinners to retirement parties and business meetings. Visit our Celebrations and Meetings page for more information.


Upcoming Events

A Bridge Between Eras

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

12:00 PM

Come enjoy the cool fall weather and changing foliage on this 1-hour hike. Learn about the cross-continental journey of Auburn Valley’s new bridges, the history and engineering design of the structures and plans for the arrival of new bridges in the future. Meet in the Paper Mill Parking Lot on Benge Road. Free

Add to Calendar 12/2/2020 12:00:00 PM 12/2/2020 1:00:00 PM America/New_York A Bridge Between Eras Come enjoy the cool fall weather and changing foliage on this 1-hour hike. Learn about the cross-continental journey of Auburn Valley’s new bridges, the history and engineering design of the structures and plans for the arrival of new bridges in the future. Meet in the Paper Mill Parking Lot on Benge Road. Free Auburn Valley State Park

Auburn Heights Mansion and Marshall Steam Museum Tours

Thursday, December 3, 2020

1:00 PM

Beginning at 1 p.m., the hour-long tour of the Auburn Heights Mansion includes the two main floors; there are steps into the mansion as well as a flight of stairs inside. Park in the event lot across from the mansion. Make an afternoon of it by also visiting the newly renovated Marshall Steam Museum, open from 1 to 4 pm. Advance registration not required, but appreciated! Call 302-729-4280 to register. $8 for the mansion or museum, $14 for both.

Add to Calendar 12/3/2020 1:00:00 PM 12/3/2020 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Auburn Heights Mansion and Marshall Steam Museum Tours Beginning at 1 p.m., the hour-long tour of the Auburn Heights Mansion includes the two main floors; there are steps into the mansion as well as a flight of stairs inside. Park in the event lot across from the mansion. Make an afternoon of it by also visiting the newly renovated Marshall Steam Museum, open from 1 to 4 pm. Advance registration not required, but appreciated! Call 302-729-4280 to register. $8 for the mansion or museum, $14 for both. Auburn Valley State Park

Auburn Heights Mansion and Marshall Steam Museum Tours

Friday, December 4, 2020

1:00 PM

Beginning at 1 p.m., the hour-long tour of the Auburn Heights Mansion includes the two main floors; there are steps into the mansion as well as a flight of stairs inside. Park in the event lot across from the mansion. Make an afternoon of it by also visiting the newly renovated Marshall Steam Museum, open from 1 to 4 pm. Advance registration not required, but appreciated! Call 302-729-4280 to register. $8 for the mansion or museum, $14 for both.

Add to Calendar 12/4/2020 1:00:00 PM 12/4/2020 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Auburn Heights Mansion and Marshall Steam Museum Tours Beginning at 1 p.m., the hour-long tour of the Auburn Heights Mansion includes the two main floors; there are steps into the mansion as well as a flight of stairs inside. Park in the event lot across from the mansion. Make an afternoon of it by also visiting the newly renovated Marshall Steam Museum, open from 1 to 4 pm. Advance registration not required, but appreciated! Call 302-729-4280 to register. $8 for the mansion or museum, $14 for both. Auburn Valley State Park

Auburn Heights Mansion and Marshall Steam Museum Tours

Thursday, December 10, 2020

1:00 PM

Beginning at 1 p.m., the hour-long tour of the Auburn Heights Mansion includes the two main floors; there are steps into the mansion as well as a flight of stairs inside. Park in the event lot across from the mansion. Make an afternoon of it by also visiting the newly renovated Marshall Steam Museum, open from 1 to 4 pm. Advance registration not required, but appreciated! Call 302-729-4280 to register. $8 for the mansion or museum, $14 for both.

Add to Calendar 12/10/2020 1:00:00 PM 12/10/2020 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Auburn Heights Mansion and Marshall Steam Museum Tours Beginning at 1 p.m., the hour-long tour of the Auburn Heights Mansion includes the two main floors; there are steps into the mansion as well as a flight of stairs inside. Park in the event lot across from the mansion. Make an afternoon of it by also visiting the newly renovated Marshall Steam Museum, open from 1 to 4 pm. Advance registration not required, but appreciated! Call 302-729-4280 to register. $8 for the mansion or museum, $14 for both. Auburn Valley State Park

Stroll with the Superintendent

Friday, December 11, 2020

9:00 AM

Put on your walking shoes to explore historic Yorklyn and learn about the adaptive reuse and cleanup of this former industrial site with Auburn Valley State Park's new superintendent. Meet at the Yorklyn Bridge Trail parking lot on Yorklyn Road. Free

Add to Calendar 12/11/2020 9:00:00 AM 12/11/2020 10:00:00 AM America/New_York Stroll with the Superintendent Put on your walking shoes to explore historic Yorklyn and learn about the adaptive reuse and cleanup of this former industrial site with Auburn Valley State Park's new superintendent. Meet at the Yorklyn Bridge Trail parking lot on Yorklyn Road. Free Auburn Valley State Park

Auburn Heights Mansion and Marshall Steam Museum Tours

Friday, December 11, 2020

1:00 PM

Beginning at 1 p.m., the hour-long tour of the Auburn Heights Mansion includes the two main floors; there are steps into the mansion as well as a flight of stairs inside. Park in the event lot across from the mansion. Make an afternoon of it by also visiting the newly renovated Marshall Steam Museum, open from 1 to 4 pm. Advance registration not required, but appreciated! Call 302-729-4280 to register. $8 for the mansion or museum, $14 for both.

Add to Calendar 12/11/2020 1:00:00 PM 12/11/2020 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Auburn Heights Mansion and Marshall Steam Museum Tours Beginning at 1 p.m., the hour-long tour of the Auburn Heights Mansion includes the two main floors; there are steps into the mansion as well as a flight of stairs inside. Park in the event lot across from the mansion. Make an afternoon of it by also visiting the newly renovated Marshall Steam Museum, open from 1 to 4 pm. Advance registration not required, but appreciated! Call 302-729-4280 to register. $8 for the mansion or museum, $14 for both. Auburn Valley State Park

A Bridge Between Eras

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

12:00 PM

Come enjoy the cool fall weather and changing foliage on this 1-hour hike. Learn about the cross-continental journey of Auburn Valley’s new bridges, the history and engineering design of the structures and plans for the arrival of new bridges in the future. Meet in the Paper Mill Parking Lot on Benge Road. Free

Add to Calendar 12/16/2020 12:00:00 PM 12/16/2020 1:00:00 PM America/New_York A Bridge Between Eras Come enjoy the cool fall weather and changing foliage on this 1-hour hike. Learn about the cross-continental journey of Auburn Valley’s new bridges, the history and engineering design of the structures and plans for the arrival of new bridges in the future. Meet in the Paper Mill Parking Lot on Benge Road. Free Auburn Valley State Park

Auburn Heights Mansion and Marshall Steam Museum Tours

Thursday, December 17, 2020

1:00 PM

Beginning at 1 p.m., the hour-long tour of the Auburn Heights Mansion includes the two main floors; there are steps into the mansion as well as a flight of stairs inside. Park in the event lot across from the mansion. Make an afternoon of it by also visiting the newly renovated Marshall Steam Museum, open from 1 to 4 pm. Advance registration not required, but appreciated! Call 302-729-4280 to register. $8 for the mansion or museum, $14 for both.

Add to Calendar 12/17/2020 1:00:00 PM 12/17/2020 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Auburn Heights Mansion and Marshall Steam Museum Tours Beginning at 1 p.m., the hour-long tour of the Auburn Heights Mansion includes the two main floors; there are steps into the mansion as well as a flight of stairs inside. Park in the event lot across from the mansion. Make an afternoon of it by also visiting the newly renovated Marshall Steam Museum, open from 1 to 4 pm. Advance registration not required, but appreciated! Call 302-729-4280 to register. $8 for the mansion or museum, $14 for both. Auburn Valley State Park

Auburn Heights Mansion and Marshall Steam Museum Tours

Friday, December 18, 2020

1:00 PM

Beginning at 1 p.m., the hour-long tour of the Auburn Heights Mansion includes the two main floors; there are steps into the mansion as well as a flight of stairs inside. Park in the event lot across from the mansion. Make an afternoon of it by also visiting the newly renovated Marshall Steam Museum, open from 1 to 4 pm. Advance registration not required, but appreciated! Call 302-729-4280 to register. $8 for the mansion or museum, $14 for both.

Add to Calendar 12/18/2020 1:00:00 PM 12/18/2020 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Auburn Heights Mansion and Marshall Steam Museum Tours Beginning at 1 p.m., the hour-long tour of the Auburn Heights Mansion includes the two main floors; there are steps into the mansion as well as a flight of stairs inside. Park in the event lot across from the mansion. Make an afternoon of it by also visiting the newly renovated Marshall Steam Museum, open from 1 to 4 pm. Advance registration not required, but appreciated! Call 302-729-4280 to register. $8 for the mansion or museum, $14 for both. Auburn Valley State Park