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Brandywine Creek State Park
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Where Piedmont Streams Tumble Down Gentle Slopes
This 933-acre park is divided by grey stone walls built of local stone in the late 1800's. At that time the property was a dairy farm owned by the du Pont family. This unique area became a state park in 1965, one of the first parks in the nation to be purchased with Land and Water Conservation Funds.
Tulip Poplars and Freshwater Marsh
Delaware's first two nature preserves are located within Brandywine Creek State Park: Tulip Tree Woods, a majestic stand of 190-year-old tulip poplar, and Freshwater Marsh. 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.
Hiking, Fishing and Special Events
The park maintains 14 miles of trails for fitness, wildlife observation, and photography; try the Rocky Run Trail or the Brandywine Trail that winds along the creek.The open fields are excellent for picnics, kite flying, and disc golf; and in the winter, for sledding and cross-country skiing. Popular seasonal events such as the Halloween Haunted Trail are held for your enjoyment.
Anglers can fish for small mouth bass, bluegill, and crappie in Brandywine Creek, and for trout in Wilsons Run. (A fishing license and trout stamp are required -- learn where to get them.) Canoeing and tubing are also popular ways to experience the Brandywine. Canoeing is offered through the park's interpretive programs; please check our program pages or call (302) 655-5740 for a schedule.