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Brandywine Creek State Park


About the Park

Brandywine Creek State Park is divided by grey stone walls that were built of local stone in the late 1800s, when the property was a dairy farm owned by the du Pont family. Three nature preserves are located within the park, including: Tulip Tree Woods, a majestic stand of 190-year-old tulip poplar, and Freshwater Marsh, the first nature preserve in Delaware. The area became a state park in 1965.

Featured Program: Family Fun Senses Hike at Flint Woods Nature Preserve

Hike the trails through Flint Woods looking for signs of fall and winter! We will use our senses to explore the preserve and see what we can observe! Flint Woods Nature Preserve is a satellite area of Brandywine Creek State Park. Limited to 12 participants. Meet at the park nature center for transportation to the preserve. Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 2:00 PM

Add to Calendar 11/23/2019 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Featured Program: Family Fun Senses Hike at Flint Woods Nature Preserve Hike the trails through Flint Woods looking for signs of fall and winter! We will use our senses to explore the preserve and see what we can observe! Flint Woods Nature Preserve is a satellite area of Brandywine Creek State Park. Limited to 12 participants. Meet at the park nature center for transportation to the preserve. Brandywine Creek State Park


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

Owl Prowl

Saturday, November 16, 2019

6:00 PM

Following an introduction to the owls of Northern Delaware, we will venture into the park to listen for some of our resident wild owls. Bring your sense of adventure, but no flashlights please! Not recommended for small children. Pre-registration and prepayment required. $5 per person

Add to Calendar 11/16/2019 6:00:00 PM 11/16/2019 7:00:00 PM America/New_York Owl Prowl Following an introduction to the owls of Northern Delaware, we will venture into the park to listen for some of our resident wild owls. Bring your sense of adventure, but no flashlights please! Not recommended for small children. Pre-registration and prepayment required. $5 per person Brandywine Creek State Park

Intro to Orienteering

Saturday, November 23, 2019

11:00 AM

Learn map and compass skills to find your way around our fun & newly designed orienteering course! Take home maps are available for $2 or $5 each. Pre-registration is encouraged, space is limited, fun is not! $5 per person

Add to Calendar 11/23/2019 11:00:00 AM 11/23/2019 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Intro to Orienteering Learn map and compass skills to find your way around our fun & newly designed orienteering course! Take home maps are available for $2 or $5 each. Pre-registration is encouraged, space is limited, fun is not! $5 per person Brandywine Creek State Park

Family Fun Senses Hike - Special Program at Flint Woods Nature Preserve

Saturday, November 23, 2019

2:00 PM

Flint Woods Nature Preserve is a satellite area of Brandywine Creek State Park. Limited to 12. cost $5 per person unless otherwise noted. Meet at the park Nature Center for transportation to the preserve. Family Fun Senses Hike Join us as we hike the trails through Flint Woods looking for signs of fall and winter! We will use our senses to explore the Preserve and see what we can observe!

Add to Calendar 11/23/2019 2:00:00 PM 11/23/2019 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Family Fun Senses Hike - Special Program at Flint Woods Nature Preserve Flint Woods Nature Preserve is a satellite area of Brandywine Creek State Park. Limited to 12. cost $5 per person unless otherwise noted. Meet at the park Nature Center for transportation to the preserve. Family Fun Senses Hike Join us as we hike the trails through Flint Woods looking for signs of fall and winter! We will use our senses to explore the Preserve and see what we can observe! Brandywine Creek State Park

Monthly Bird Walks

Saturday, November 30, 2019

8:00 AM

Bring your eyes, ears and a comfortable pair of hiking boots. Our expert volunteer birder from the Museum of Natural History will lead the group, and provide tips and advice to all interested bird watchers. this program is free with paid admission to the park, no pre-registration required. Call (302) 655-5740 with questions.

Add to Calendar 11/30/2019 8:00:00 AM 11/30/2019 10:00:00 AM America/New_York Monthly Bird Walks Bring your eyes, ears and a comfortable pair of hiking boots. Our expert volunteer birder from the Museum of Natural History will lead the group, and provide tips and advice to all interested bird watchers. this program is free with paid admission to the park, no pre-registration required. Call (302) 655-5740 with questions. Brandywine Creek State Park