Trails

Brandywine Creek State Park Trails

Indian Springs

  • Mode: Hiking
  • Distance: 1.8 miles
  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate with challenging sections
  • Accessible: No
  • Trailhead: Nature Center
  • Trail Challenge: Yes
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This trail begins behind the Nature Center in the Tulip Tree Woods Nature Preserve, a stand of mature Tulip Poplar trees, on a packed earth surface. Open fields will be visible to the south beyond the carefully crafted stone walls built by masons in the early 1900s. The trail descends gradually on rocky terrain before leveling off on a grassy surface as it reaches the Brandywine River. The trail follows the river before turning left and ascending steeply over rocky terrain. The trail levels off at the top of the hill and follows a gradual grade through forests and fields back to an open field north of the Nature Center.

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Rocky Run Trail

  • Mode: Hiking
  • Distance: 2 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate with challenging sections
  • Accessible: Yes (Northern Delaware Greenway Trail section only)
  • Trailhead: Thompsons Bridge parking lot
  • Trail Challenge: Yes
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Hike south for approximately 0.3 miles on the combined Rocky Run Trail and the Northern Delaware Greenway Trail. This section is wide with a crushed stone surface and offers views of the Brandywine River. The trail turns north just before the Rocky Run Bridge and makes a gradual ascent on rocky terrain and packed earth, into mature mixed forest with Rocky Run visible to your right. After a long climb, the trail quickly descends and crosses Rocky Run. The trail climbs gradually on a bed of blue rock granite before descending, crossing an open field, and returning to the bridge over Rocky Run.

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Hidden Pond

  • Mode: Hiking
  • Distance: 2.8 miles
  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
  • Accessible: No
  • Trailhead: Nature Center
  • Trail Challenge: Yes
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This packed earth loop trail begins behind the Brandywine Creek Nature Center. Segments of this trail are shared with the Indian Springs Trail. Enter through the rock wall next to the Nature Center where you will begin your hike in the Tulip Tree Woods Nature Preserve. Open fields will be visible to the south beyond the carefully crafted stone walls built by masons in the early 1900s. The stone walls delineated borders and fields on the DuPont Estate. The grade is gradual throughout most of the hike with steep grade changes as the trail approaches and leaves the banks of Brandywine Creek. The trail will cross a creek that flows to Hidden Pond and continues parallel with Delaware Route 92 under a deep forest canopy. The trail will gradually ascend and approach a stone wall bordering an open field north of the Nature Center.

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Northern Delaware Greenway Trail

  • Mode: Shared Use
  • Distance: Brandywine Creek State Park - 2.5 miles, total length - 10.4 miles
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Accessible: Yes
  • Trailhead: Thompsons Bridge Road or Rockland Road parking lots

This shared-use trail spans parts of northern New Castle County with portions traversing several state and county parks. In Brandywine Creek State Park, the trail is wide on a gentle grade with a crushed stone surface. Catch glimpses of the Brandywine River and view unique geologic features. Experience Piedmont wooded landscapes, spring wildflowers, and wildlife. The trail passes under Thompsons Bridge Road and continues north eventually onto lands owned by the Woodlawn Trustees.

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