View of Auburn Heights Mansion at Auburn Valley State Park

Auburn Valley State Park


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

Interpretive Hike at Oversee Farm

Friday, July 10, 2020

5:00 PM

Come enjoy a relaxing stroll with our Park Interpreter. The hike will take you off trail to explore some hidden natural features near Oversee and then down to the historic 1800 era farmstead to learn about the history of the site. The hike ends down at the historic dams and ponds below the house where you are free to walk around and enjoy. Come bring a camera and enjoy this behind the scenes look at our park. Reservations Required. Call 302-239-5687 to reserve your place. Free

Add to Calendar 7/10/2020 5:00:00 PM 6/20/2020 6:00:00 PM America/New_York Interpretive Hike at Oversee Farm Come enjoy a relaxing stroll with our Park Interpreter. The hike will take you off trail to explore some hidden natural features near Oversee and then down to the historic 1800 era farmstead to learn about the history of the site. The hike ends down at the historic dams and ponds below the house where you are free to walk around and enjoy. Come bring a camera and enjoy this behind the scenes look at our park. Reservations Required. Call 302-239-5687 to reserve your place. Free Auburn Valley State Park

Habitat Hike

Saturday, July 11, 2020

4:00 PM

Spend the beginning of Summer with the family at Auburn Valley State Park. Come on this interactive scavenger hunt hike to learn about the different habitats at Auburn Valley and the animals which call them home. Join the park interpreter in this new family friendly program that helps you learn a whole new side to Auburn Valley. Free gift for participants! Meet at the Marshall Family Bridge Parking Lot on Benge Road. Reservations Required. Call 302-239-5687 to reserve your place. $5 Per child with an accompanying adult.

Add to Calendar 7/11/2020 4:00:00 PM 7/12/2020 5:30:00 PM America/New_York Habitat Hike Spend the beginning of Summer with the family at Auburn Valley State Park. Come on this interactive scavenger hunt hike to learn about the different habitats at Auburn Valley and the animals which call them home. Join the park interpreter in this new family friendly program that helps you learn a whole new side to Auburn Valley. Free gift for participants! Meet at the Marshall Family Bridge Parking Lot on Benge Road. Reservations Required. Call 302-239-5687 to reserve your place. $5 Per child with an accompanying adult. Auburn Valley State Park

GOAT: (Go Out and Tour! Bike Hike)

Sunday, July 12, 2020

10:00 AM

GOAT (Go Out and Tour!) Bike Hike: No goats, but lots of fun! Bring your bike for a leisurely ride on the Yorklyn Bridge and Trolley Trails. Explore some of the Park's amenities and learn about ongoing park improvements. Reservations Required. Call 302-239-5687 to reserve your place. Free

Add to Calendar 7/12/2020 10:00:00 AM 7/12/2020 11:00:00 AM America/New_York GOAT: (Go Out and Tour! Bike Hike) GOAT (Go Out and Tour!) Bike Hike: No goats, but lots of fun! Bring your bike for a leisurely ride on the Yorklyn Bridge and Trolley Trails. Explore some of the Park's amenities and learn about ongoing park improvements. Reservations Required. Call 302-239-5687 to reserve your place. Free Auburn Valley State Park