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Brandywine Creek State Park


Thompsons Bridge Entrance Closed

The Thompsons Bridge entrance to the park is currently closed for repairing roads damaged by flooding during the recent storms. DelDot expects the project to be completed by the end of the month.

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.

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

Holiday Wreath Making Workshop

Saturday, December 5, 2020

10:00 AM

Make a natural wreath and adorn it with nature’s bounty, then take it home to display it for the holiday season, or save it as a gift! We will have everything you need to make your wreath beautiful while enjoying Christmas tunes. Pre-registration required; space is very limited. $20 per wreath

Add to Calendar 12/5/2020 10:00:00 AM 12/5/2020 11:30:00 AM America/New_York Holiday Wreath Making Workshop Make a natural wreath and adorn it with nature’s bounty, then take it home to display it for the holiday season, or save it as a gift! We will have everything you need to make your wreath beautiful while enjoying Christmas tunes. Pre-registration required; space is very limited. $20 per wreath Brandywine Creek State Park

Holiday Wreath Making Workshop

Saturday, December 5, 2020

1:00 PM

Make a natural wreath and adorn it with nature’s bounty, then take it home to display it for the holiday season, or save it as a gift! We will have everything you need to make your wreath beautiful while enjoying Christmas tunes. Pre-registration required; space is very limited. $20 per wreath

Add to Calendar 12/5/2020 1:00:00 PM 12/5/2020 2:30:00 PM America/New_York Holiday Wreath Making Workshop Make a natural wreath and adorn it with nature’s bounty, then take it home to display it for the holiday season, or save it as a gift! We will have everything you need to make your wreath beautiful while enjoying Christmas tunes. Pre-registration required; space is very limited. $20 per wreath Brandywine Creek State Park

Artifact Day!

Saturday, December 12, 2020

10:00 AM

With the help of state archeologists, we have put together a fun selection of artifacts found all over Brandywine Creek Park’s land. We will learn and explore the history of the families that lived in the park through the objects they left behind. Join us for this special behind the scenes look at some artifacts! Pre-registration required, space is limited. Meets at the amphitheater by the nature center. $5 per person

Add to Calendar 12/12/2020 10:00:00 AM 12/12/2020 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Artifact Day! With the help of state archeologists, we have put together a fun selection of artifacts found all over Brandywine Creek Park’s land. We will learn and explore the history of the families that lived in the park through the objects they left behind. Join us for this special behind the scenes look at some artifacts! Pre-registration required, space is limited. Meets at the amphitheater by the nature center. $5 per person Brandywine Creek State Park

Holiday Fire Treats

Saturday, December 12, 2020

1:00 PM

Join us and learn how to make fun holiday sweets—over a campfire! We will gather around the camp fire and make some yummy treats to eat! You will also learn good recipes for making holiday sweets outside with fire! Pre-registration required, space is limited. $5 per person

Add to Calendar 12/12/2020 1:00:00 PM 12/12/2020 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Holiday Fire Treats Join us and learn how to make fun holiday sweets—over a campfire! We will gather around the camp fire and make some yummy treats to eat! You will also learn good recipes for making holiday sweets outside with fire! Pre-registration required, space is limited. $5 per person Brandywine Creek State Park

Virtual Terrific Toddlers

Thursday, December 17, 2020

10:00 AM

Calling all two- to four-year-olds! Join us for our virtual Terrific Toddlers program, an online virtual program you can do with us from home! Each session will be about 20 minutes long, feature a nature craft you can find materials for at home, along with a short lesson and/or story. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for each session's theme and supplies and additional information.

Add to Calendar 12/17/2020 10:00:00 AM 12/17/2020 10:30:00 AM America/New_York Virtual Terrific Toddlers Calling all two- to four-year-olds! Join us for our virtual Terrific Toddlers program, an online virtual program you can do with us from home! Each session will be about 20 minutes long, feature a nature craft you can find materials for at home, along with a short lesson and/or story. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for each session's theme and supplies and additional information. Brandywine Creek State Park

Geology Hike: Hidden Pond

Saturday, December 19, 2020

10:00 AM

Join our naturalists for a 2 hour hike in the park to learn all about the unique geology that makes Brandywine Creek State Park so special. This week we will be hiking Hidden Pond. Meet at the Nature Center. Pre-registration is required, space is limited. Call 302-655-5740 to reserve your spot.

Add to Calendar 12/19/2020 10:00:00 AM 12/19/2020 12:00:00 AM America/New_York Geology Hike: Hidden Pond Join our naturalists for a 2 hour hike in the park to learn all about the unique geology that makes Brandywine Creek State Park so special. This week we will be hiking Hidden Pond. Meet at the Nature Center. Pre-registration is required, space is limited. Call 302-655-5740 to reserve your spot. Brandywine Creek State Park

Ruins and History Hikes Series

Saturday, December 19, 2020

1:00 PM

Meet at the Nature Center for this fun hike! Join us as we explore the ruins of our park and learn about the history and culture of the past. Some of the topics we explore are the stone walls, Wilson’s farm, rockland mills, and more!

Add to Calendar 12/19/2020 1:00:00 PM 12/19/2020 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Ruins and History Hikes Series Meet at the Nature Center for this fun hike! Join us as we explore the ruins of our park and learn about the history and culture of the past. Some of the topics we explore are the stone walls, Wilson’s farm, rockland mills, and more! Brandywine Creek State Park

Full Moon Hike

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

5:00 PM

Experience the park after dark and join a Naturalist for this fun Full Moon Hike! We will journey through the meadows and see the night sights and sounds. Hike will last approximately 1 hour. Meet at the Nature Center. Pre-registration required, space is limited. $5 per person

Add to Calendar 12/29/2020 5:00:00 PM 12/29/2020 6:00:00 PM America/New_York Full Moon Hike Experience the park after dark and join a Naturalist for this fun Full Moon Hike! We will journey through the meadows and see the night sights and sounds. Hike will last approximately 1 hour. Meet at the Nature Center. Pre-registration required, space is limited. $5 per person Brandywine Creek State Park

Winter Tree ID

Saturday, January 2, 2021

1:00 PM

Join the naturalists for a hike through the old growth forest. Learn about the different trees we have here and how to identify them with out their distinctive summer leaves. Pre-registration required. FREE

Add to Calendar 1/2/2021 1:00:00 PM 1/2/2021 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Winter Tree ID Join the naturalists for a hike through the old growth forest. Learn about the different trees we have here and how to identify them with out their distinctive summer leaves. Pre-registration required. FREE Brandywine Creek State Park

Winter Invasive Plants

Saturday, January 9, 2021

11:00 AM

Have you every wondered about those bright red bushes covering the understory in the forest or the sharp red thorny vines on the trails edge are? Come take a hike with us as we talk about the invasive plants that become vibrantly colored in the winter here in the park. Pre-registration required, space is limited. FREE

Add to Calendar 1/9/2021 11:00:00 AM 1/9/2021 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Winter Invasive Plants Have you every wondered about those bright red bushes covering the understory in the forest or the sharp red thorny vines on the trails edge are? Come take a hike with us as we talk about the invasive plants that become vibrantly colored in the winter here in the park. Pre-registration required, space is limited. FREE Brandywine Creek State Park

Full Moon Hike

Sunday, January 10, 2021

5:00 PM

Experience the park after dark! We will talk about the moon phases, stroll through the meadows and watch the full moon rise! Pre-registration and pre-payment required, space is limted. $5 per person

Add to Calendar 1/10/2021 5:00:00 PM America/New_York Full Moon Hike Experience the park after dark! We will talk about the moon phases, stroll through the meadows and watch the full moon rise! Pre-registration and pre-payment required, space is limted. $5 per person Brandywine Creek State Park

Terrific Toddlers

Thursday, January 14, 2021

10:00 AM

Join us for our monthly virtual Terrific Toddler program at 10 a.m on our Facebook page! We will post a supply list on Facebook the day prior to the program. Easy, fun, engaging short video program and craft for 2-4 year olds. January topic is animal homes and hibernation! FREE

Add to Calendar 1/14/2021 10:00:00 AM 1/14/2021 10:20:00 AM America/New_York Terrific Toddlers Join us for our monthly virtual Terrific Toddler program at 10 a.m on our Facebook page! We will post a supply list on Facebook the day prior to the program. Easy, fun, engaging short video program and craft for 2-4 year olds. January topic is animal homes and hibernation! FREE Brandywine Creek State Park

History Fireside Chats

Saturday, January 16, 2021

1:00 PM

Join us around the campfire this winter for fire side chats about the families and people that shaped the park throughout history. Bundle up and bring your own cocoa or 'smores (and sticks!)with you and sit back as we tell stories of our past. A different topic each week! Pre-registration and pre-payment required. $5 per person

Add to Calendar 1/16/2021 1:00:00 PM America/New_York History Fireside Chats Join us around the campfire this winter for fire side chats about the families and people that shaped the park throughout history. Bundle up and bring your own cocoa or 'smores (and sticks!)with you and sit back as we tell stories of our past. A different topic each week! Pre-registration and pre-payment required. $5 per person Brandywine Creek State Park

The Stone Walls of Brandywine Creek

Saturday, January 23, 2021

1:00 PM

Atop the rolling hills of our historic landscape rest the majestic and mysterious stone walls. Come learn about what they are and how they got here. Explore the mystery of who built them and how they are still standing so strong today. Pre-registration required, space is limited. FREE

Add to Calendar 1/23/2021 1:00:00 PM America/New_York The Stone Walls of Brandywine Creek Atop the rolling hills of our historic landscape rest the majestic and mysterious stone walls. Come learn about what they are and how they got here. Explore the mystery of who built them and how they are still standing so strong today. Pre-registration required, space is limited. FREE Brandywine Creek State Park

History Fireside Chats

Saturday, January 30, 2021

1:00 PM

Join us around the campfire this winter for fire side chats about the families and people that shaped the park throughout history. Bundle up and bring your own cocoa or 'smores (and sticks!)with you and sit back as we tell stories of our past. A different topic each week! Pre-registration and pre-payment required. $5 per person

Add to Calendar 1/30/2021 1:00:00 PM America/New_York History Fireside Chats Join us around the campfire this winter for fire side chats about the families and people that shaped the park throughout history. Bundle up and bring your own cocoa or 'smores (and sticks!)with you and sit back as we tell stories of our past. A different topic each week! Pre-registration and pre-payment required. $5 per person Brandywine Creek State Park

Groundhog Day

Saturday, February 6, 2021

1:00 PM

Well did he see his shadow?! Come learn about one of our favorite mammals, the groundhog! We will talk about what makes groundhogs so neat and we will take a hike to visit a few spots in the park where our local groundhog Gary has been known to visit. Pre-registration required, space is limited.

Add to Calendar 2/6/2021 1:00:00 PM America/New_York Groundhog Day Well did he see his shadow?! Come learn about one of our favorite mammals, the groundhog! We will talk about what makes groundhogs so neat and we will take a hike to visit a few spots in the park where our local groundhog Gary has been known to visit. Pre-registration required, space is limited. Brandywine Creek State Park

Full Moon Hike

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

5:30 PM

Experience the park after dark! We will talk about the moon phases, stroll through the meadows and watch the full moon rise! Pre-registration and pre-payment required, space is limted. $5 per person

Add to Calendar 2/9/2021 5:30:00 PM 2/9/2021 7:30:00 PM America/New_York Full Moon Hike Experience the park after dark! We will talk about the moon phases, stroll through the meadows and watch the full moon rise! Pre-registration and pre-payment required, space is limted. $5 per person Brandywine Creek State Park

Terrific Toddlers

Thursday, February 11, 2021

10:00 AM

Join us for our monthly virtual Terrific Toddler program at 10am on our Facebook page! We will post a supply list on Facebook the day prior to the program. Easy, fun, engaging short video program and craft for 2-4 year olds. February topic is white tailed deer! FREE

Add to Calendar 2/11/2021 10:00:00 AM 2/11/2021 10:20:00 AM America/New_York Terrific Toddlers Join us for our monthly virtual Terrific Toddler program at 10am on our Facebook page! We will post a supply list on Facebook the day prior to the program. Easy, fun, engaging short video program and craft for 2-4 year olds. February topic is white tailed deer! FREE Brandywine Creek State Park

Valentine’s Day Hike- Romantic Bird Folklore

Saturday, February 13, 2021

11:00 AM

Did you know that Valentine’s day isn’t just for people? Romantic poets of the middle ages wrote about how this was a very important day on the social calendar of birds. Bundle up and come join us for a refreshing walk through the trees as we listen for the songs of birds. And learn about the folklore surrounding birds on this romantic day. Pre-registration required, space is limited. FREE

Add to Calendar 2/13/2021 11:00:00 AM 2/13/2021 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Valentine’s Day Hike- Romantic Bird Folklore Did you know that Valentine’s day isn’t just for people? Romantic poets of the middle ages wrote about how this was a very important day on the social calendar of birds. Bundle up and come join us for a refreshing walk through the trees as we listen for the songs of birds. And learn about the folklore surrounding birds on this romantic day. Pre-registration required, space is limited. FREE Brandywine Creek State Park

History Fireside Chats

Saturday, February 13, 2021

1:00 PM

Join us around the campfire this winter for fire side chats about the families and people that shaped the park throughout history. Bundle up and bring your own cocoa or 'smores (and sticks!)with you and sit back as we tell stories of our past. A different topic each week! Pre-registration and pre-payment required. $5 per person

Add to Calendar 2/13/2021 1:00:00 PM America/New_York History Fireside Chats Join us around the campfire this winter for fire side chats about the families and people that shaped the park throughout history. Bundle up and bring your own cocoa or 'smores (and sticks!)with you and sit back as we tell stories of our past. A different topic each week! Pre-registration and pre-payment required. $5 per person Brandywine Creek State Park

Why Rocks Rock!

Saturday, February 20, 2021

11:00 AM

Find out why rocks, rock! Be a mini geologist for the day. Collect, sort, and do some basic identification of rocks in the park. This program is great for kids! Pre-registration required, space is limited. FREE

Add to Calendar 2/20/2021 11:00:00 AM 2/20/2021 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Why Rocks Rock! Find out why rocks, rock! Be a mini geologist for the day. Collect, sort, and do some basic identification of rocks in the park. This program is great for kids! Pre-registration required, space is limited. FREE Brandywine Creek State Park

Art in The Park- Sketching

Saturday, February 20, 2021

1:00 PM

There are many neat things to draw and sketch all around the park. Join local artist and naturalist Rebecca Roberts to learn about drawing in nature. Take a short hike around the park and learn some tips and tricks for drawing outside. Beginners welcome! No drawing experience necessary, supplies provided. Pre-registration and pre-payment required. $5 per person

Add to Calendar 2/20/2021 1:00:00 PM America/New_York Art in The Park- Sketching There are many neat things to draw and sketch all around the park. Join local artist and naturalist Rebecca Roberts to learn about drawing in nature. Take a short hike around the park and learn some tips and tricks for drawing outside. Beginners welcome! No drawing experience necessary, supplies provided. Pre-registration and pre-payment required. $5 per person Brandywine Creek State Park

Hidden Pond Hike- Signs of Spring

Saturday, February 27, 2021

1:00 PM

Listen for the chirps of frogs and insects as we adventure on a hike to the hidden pond. Learn about what makes it hidden and what exciting thing lives there. Explore the park as we search for signs of the coming spring. Pre-registration required, space is limited. FREE

Add to Calendar 2/27/2021 1:00:00 PM America/New_York Hidden Pond Hike- Signs of Spring Listen for the chirps of frogs and insects as we adventure on a hike to the hidden pond. Learn about what makes it hidden and what exciting thing lives there. Explore the park as we search for signs of the coming spring. Pre-registration required, space is limited. FREE Brandywine Creek State Park

Winter Sky Gazing

Saturday, February 27, 2021

6:00 PM

The cold clear night sky of winter is excellent for finding stars! Join the naturalists to learn a little about the science of the sky, and the constellations we can find in winter. Pre-registration and pre-payment required. Space is limited. $5 per person

Add to Calendar 2/27/2021 6:00:00 PM 2/27/2021 8:00:00 PM America/New_York Winter Sky Gazing The cold clear night sky of winter is excellent for finding stars! Join the naturalists to learn a little about the science of the sky, and the constellations we can find in winter. Pre-registration and pre-payment required. Space is limited. $5 per person Brandywine Creek State Park