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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

Intro to Orienteering

Saturday, February 4, 2023

10:00 AM

Join our friends from the Delaware Valley Orienteering Association for an orienteering adventure! Following a 30 minute introduction to orienteering head out into the park to orienteer. This program will be great for scouts looking to complete their orienteering merit badge! $6 per person, register online.

Register Online

Add to Calendar 2/4/2023 10:00:00 AM 2/4/2023 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Intro to Orienteering Join our friends from the Delaware Valley Orienteering Association for an orienteering adventure! Following a 30 minute introduction to orienteering head out into the park to orienteer. This program will be great for scouts looking to complete their orienteering merit badge! $6 per person, register online. Brandywine Creek

Full Moon Hike

Sunday, February 5, 2023

6:00 PM

Join the park's naturalists for a hike under the wide open skies and look for the beautiful full moon. Learn a bit about the moon, some of the folklore that it stars in, and discover where the moon's nicknames come from. $6 per person. Online registration closes 12 hours before the program.

Register Online

Add to Calendar 2/5/2023 6:00:00 PM 2/5/2023 7:00:00 PM America/New_York Full Moon Hike Join the park's naturalists for a hike under the wide open skies and look for the beautiful full moon. Learn a bit about the moon, some of the folklore that it stars in, and discover where the moon's nicknames come from. $6 per person. Online registration closes 12 hours before the program. Brandywine Creek

Love Birds and Bird Lovers Hike

Saturday, February 11, 2023

9:00 AM

Calling the love birds and bird lovers! Come take a relaxing hike through the park and learn about the romantic folkloric tie that birds have to Valentine’s Day. Free! Register over the phone at (302)-655-5740 or via email at DNREC_brandywinecreekprograms@delaware.gov

Add to Calendar 2/11/2023 9:00:00 AM 2/11/2023 10:00:00 AM America/New_York Love Birds and Bird Lovers Hike Calling the love birds and bird lovers! Come take a relaxing hike through the park and learn about the romantic folkloric tie that birds have to Valentine’s Day. Free! Register over the phone at (302)-655-5740 or via email at DNREC_brandywinecreekprograms@delaware.gov Brandywine Creek

Smoking Out the Invasives

Saturday, February 11, 2023

2:00 PM

Fires aren’t always the worst thing to happen to a landscape, they can be incredibly rejuvenating. Take a hike through the meadows and learn about controlled burns. We’ll discuss why burning is good for our meadows and bad for invasive species! Free! Register over the phone at (302)-655-5740 or via email at DNREC_brandywinecreekprograms@delaware.gov

Add to Calendar 2/11/2023 2:00:00 PM 2/11/2023 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Smoking Out the Invasives Fires aren’t always the worst thing to happen to a landscape, they can be incredibly rejuvenating. Take a hike through the meadows and learn about controlled burns. We’ll discuss why burning is good for our meadows and bad for invasive species! Free! Register over the phone at (302)-655-5740 or via email at DNREC_brandywinecreekprograms@delaware.gov Brandywine Creek

Park Pals

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

9:30 AM

Calling all park loving 3-6 year olds! Join the naturalists for a fun new weekday morning program series. Each month we'll explore a different topic with a story, craft and (if the weather is good) an outdoor adventure! Register online, spaces limited, $5 per child.

Register Online

Add to Calendar 2/15/2023 9:30:00 AM 2/15/2023 10:30:00 AM America/New_York Park Pals Calling all park loving 3-6 year olds! Join the naturalists for a fun new weekday morning program series. Each month we'll explore a different topic with a story, craft and (if the weather is good) an outdoor adventure! Register online, spaces limited, $5 per child. Brandywine Creek

Bluebird Monitoring Volunteer Team

Saturday, February 18, 2023

2:00 PM

Learn about volunteering on our Bluebird Trail Team. We'll walk the trail, clean out the boxes for spring nesting season and learn about the Eastern Bluebird along the way. We'll also go over the monitoring project and how we take data, including how to sign up for spring/summer nest box monitoring season. Free! Register over the phone at (302)-655-5740 or via email at DNREC_brandywinecreekprograms@delaware.gov

Add to Calendar 2/18/2023 2:00:00 PM 2/18/2023 3:30:00 PM America/New_York Bluebird Monitoring Volunteer Team Learn about volunteering on our Bluebird Trail Team. We'll walk the trail, clean out the boxes for spring nesting season and learn about the Eastern Bluebird along the way. We'll also go over the monitoring project and how we take data, including how to sign up for spring/summer nest box monitoring season. Free! Register over the phone at (302)-655-5740 or via email at DNREC_brandywinecreekprograms@delaware.gov Brandywine Creek

Monthly Bird Walk

Saturday, February 25, 2023

8:00 AM

The monthly bird walk is back on the last Saturday of every month! Bring your eyes, ears and a comfortable pair of hiking boots. Our expert volunteer birder from the Delaware Ornithological Society will lead the group, providing tips and advice to all interested bird watchers.

Add to Calendar 2/25/2023 8:00:00 AM 2/25/2023 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Monthly Bird Walk The monthly bird walk is back on the last Saturday of every month! Bring your eyes, ears and a comfortable pair of hiking boots. Our expert volunteer birder from the Delaware Ornithological Society will lead the group, providing tips and advice to all interested bird watchers. Brandywine Creek