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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: Bluebird Trail Spring Hike

Featured Program: Bluebird Trail Spring Hike

Walk the Bluebird Trail and help us inspect and clean out our nests. If you are interested in helping us monitor in the summer, you can sign up to volunteer after the program! Pre-registration is encouraged. Free Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 11 a.m.

Add to Calendar America/New_York Featured Program: Bluebird Trail Spring Hike Walk the Bluebird Trail and help us inspect and clean out our nests. If you are interested in helping us monitor in the summer, you can sign up to volunteer after the program! Pre-registration is encouraged. Free 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

Featured Program: Bluebird Trail Spring Hike

Saturday, February 23, 2019

11 a.m.

Walk the Bluebird Trail and help us inspect and clean out our nests. If you are interested in helping us monitor in the summer, you can sign up to volunteer after the program! Pre-registration is encouraged. Free

Add to Calendar America/New_York Featured Program: Bluebird Trail Spring Hike Walk the Bluebird Trail and help us inspect and clean out our nests. If you are interested in helping us monitor in the summer, you can sign up to volunteer after the program! Pre-registration is encouraged. Free Brandywine Creek State Park

Monthly Bird Walks

Saturday, February 23, 2019

8 a.m.

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, 41 Adams Dam Rd, Wilmington, DE 19807, USA

Add to Calendar 2/23/2019 8:00 2/23/2019 10:00 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, 41 Adams Dam Rd, Wilmington, DE 19807, USA Brandywine Creek State Park

Bluebird Spring Trail Hike

Saturday, February 23, 2019

11 a.m.

Take a walk in the park to see where our bluebirds will soon be returning to rooste for the spring. Meet at the Nature Center FREE EVENT

Add to Calendar 02/23/2019 11:00 AM 02/23/2019 12:00 PM America/New_York Bluebird Spring Trail Hike Take a walk in the park to see where our bluebirds will soon be returning to rooste for the spring. Meet at the Nature Center FREE EVENT Brandywine Creek State Park

Featured Program: Earth Hour Luminary Hike

Saturday, March 30, 2019

8 p.m.

Each year, around the globe, millions of people, businesses, and landmarks set aside an hour to host events, switch off their lights, and make noise for climate change action in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour. Take a magical walk through Tulip Tree Preserve lit with luminaries as we shine a light for the cause! Pre-registration is encouraged to ensure space is available. Free

Add to Calendar America/New_York Featured Program: Earth Hour Luminary Hike Each year, around the globe, millions of people, businesses, and landmarks set aside an hour to host events, switch off their lights, and make noise for climate change action in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour. Take a magical walk through Tulip Tree Preserve lit with luminaries as we shine a light for the cause! Pre-registration is encouraged to ensure space is available. Free Brandywine Creek State Park

Spring Break Nature Camp

Monday, April 22, 2019

8:30 a.m.

Enjoy a week exploring different habitats through games, activities, and create cool nature art! Each day, campers will focus on a different outdoor theme including outdoor survival skills, life along the creek, and animal adaptations. No after care.

Add to Calendar 7 10 America/New_York Spring Break Nature Camp Enjoy a week exploring different habitats through games, activities, and create cool nature art! Each day, campers will focus on a different outdoor theme including outdoor survival skills, life along the creek, and animal adaptations. No after care. Brandywine Creek State Park

Nature Explorers Session I

Monday, June 17, 2019

8:30 a.m.

Become a Nature Sleuth! Explore the forests, meadows, and marshes here at the park! Discover a new animal and its habitat each day through fun activities like hikes, creek investigations, nature games, and crafts. We’ll have a campfire cookout on the last day of camp! We roast hotdogs and s’mores and enjoy lemonade to toast the end of a fun week of camp!

Add to Calendar 5 7 America/New_York Nature Explorers Session I Become a Nature Sleuth! Explore the forests, meadows, and marshes here at the park! Discover a new animal and its habitat each day through fun activities like hikes, creek investigations, nature games, and crafts. We’ll have a campfire cookout on the last day of camp! We roast hotdogs and s’mores and enjoy lemonade to toast the end of a fun week of camp! Brandywine Creek State Park

Nature Wonders Session I

Monday, June 24, 2019

9 a.m.

Spend time outside splashing in the creek, hunting insects, exploring trails, and looking for animal tracks. Learn about the marvels of nature playing exciting games and making crafts to take home. Every day has a new theme that campers will explore! Nature Wonders Lunch Bunch available, Noon-1 p.m.: Pack a lunch so your Nature Wonders camper can stay an extra hour to have a picnic, story, and fun time with our Camp Staff! $30 per week/session.

Add to Calendar 4 6 America/New_York Nature Wonders Session I Spend time outside splashing in the creek, hunting insects, exploring trails, and looking for animal tracks. Learn about the marvels of nature playing exciting games and making crafts to take home. Every day has a new theme that campers will explore! Nature Wonders Lunch Bunch available, Noon-1 p.m.: Pack a lunch so your Nature Wonders camper can stay an extra hour to have a picnic, story, and fun time with our Camp Staff! $30 per week/session. Brandywine Creek State Park

Outdoor Adventure Camp Session I

Monday, June 24, 2019

8:30 a.m.

Outdoor sports such as hiking, canoeing, disc golf, learning survival skills like building shelters, orienteering, geocaching and rock climbing will be part of your camper’s adventurous week! They will also go fishing, tube the creek, and play games. Campers travel to other parks for some activities. Campers must be able to swim. No aftercare available. We’ll have a campfire cookout on the last day of camp! We roast hotdogs and s’mores and enjoy lemonade to toast the end of a fun week of camp!

Add to Calendar 11 14 America/New_York Outdoor Adventure Camp Session I Outdoor sports such as hiking, canoeing, disc golf, learning survival skills like building shelters, orienteering, geocaching and rock climbing will be part of your camper’s adventurous week! They will also go fishing, tube the creek, and play games. Campers travel to other parks for some activities. Campers must be able to swim. No aftercare available. We’ll have a campfire cookout on the last day of camp! We roast hotdogs and s’mores and enjoy lemonade to toast the end of a fun week of camp! Brandywine Creek State Park

Nature Scientists

Monday, July 8, 2019

3:30 p.m.

Nature is wacky and wonderful, join us as we make things fly, ooze and light up, and drop things from the roof! Campers will perform fun, safe experiments to power a potato, build an egg parachute, build a kite, make a film canister rocket, make their own ice cream, rock candy and more! We will use our science skills as we explore hiking trails, tube the Brandywine, and stomp through the creek! We’ll have a campfire cookout on the last day of camp! We roast hotdogs and s’mores and enjoy lemonade to toast the end of a fun week of camp!

Add to Calendar 9 12 America/New_York Nature Scientists Nature is wacky and wonderful, join us as we make things fly, ooze and light up, and drop things from the roof! Campers will perform fun, safe experiments to power a potato, build an egg parachute, build a kite, make a film canister rocket, make their own ice cream, rock candy and more! We will use our science skills as we explore hiking trails, tube the Brandywine, and stomp through the creek! We’ll have a campfire cookout on the last day of camp! We roast hotdogs and s’mores and enjoy lemonade to toast the end of a fun week of camp! Brandywine Creek State Park

Water Adventures Session I

Monday, July 8, 2019

8:30 a.m.

From swimming and tubing the Brandywine to stream stomps, boat races, raft building contests, campers will cool off and learn about aquatics! We will play games, hike trails, visit the marsh, and have adventures! Campers must be able to swim. We’ll have a campfire cookout on the last day of camp! We roast hotdogs and s’mores and enjoy lemonade to toast the end of a fun week of camp!

Add to Calendar 8 10 America/New_York Water Adventures Session I From swimming and tubing the Brandywine to stream stomps, boat races, raft building contests, campers will cool off and learn about aquatics! We will play games, hike trails, visit the marsh, and have adventures! Campers must be able to swim. We’ll have a campfire cookout on the last day of camp! We roast hotdogs and s’mores and enjoy lemonade to toast the end of a fun week of camp! Brandywine Creek State Park

Water Adventures Session II

Monday, July 15, 2019

8:30 a.m.

From swimming and tubing the Brandywine to stream stomps, boat races, raft building contests, campers will cool off and learn about aquatics! We will play games, hike trails, visit the marsh, and have adventures! Campers must be able to swim. We’ll have a campfire cookout on the last day of camp! We roast hotdogs and s’mores and enjoy lemonade to toast the end of a fun week of camp!

Add to Calendar 8 10 America/New_York Water Adventures Session II From swimming and tubing the Brandywine to stream stomps, boat races, raft building contests, campers will cool off and learn about aquatics! We will play games, hike trails, visit the marsh, and have adventures! Campers must be able to swim. We’ll have a campfire cookout on the last day of camp! We roast hotdogs and s’mores and enjoy lemonade to toast the end of a fun week of camp! Brandywine Creek State Park

Wilderness Survival Session I

Monday, July 15, 2019

8:30 a.m.

Explore the outdoors and learn to live off the land! Along with learning Leave No Trace skills, campers will learn how to put up a tent, build a campfire, build a survival shelter, identify plants, track animals and study how to use a compass, fishing, river safety and more. Fun, safe experiences will teach campers how to be better prepared for outdoor adventures. We’ll have a campfire cookout on the last day of camp! We roast hotdogs and s’mores and enjoy lemonade to toast the end of a fun week of camp!

Add to Calendar 8 10 America/New_York Wilderness Survival Session I Explore the outdoors and learn to live off the land! Along with learning Leave No Trace skills, campers will learn how to put up a tent, build a campfire, build a survival shelter, identify plants, track animals and study how to use a compass, fishing, river safety and more. Fun, safe experiences will teach campers how to be better prepared for outdoor adventures. We’ll have a campfire cookout on the last day of camp! We roast hotdogs and s’mores and enjoy lemonade to toast the end of a fun week of camp! Brandywine Creek State Park

Outdoor Adventure Camp Session II

Monday, July 22, 2019

8:30 a.m.

Outdoor sports such as hiking, canoeing, disc golf, learning survival skills like building shelters, orienteering, geocaching and rock climbing will be part of your camper’s adventurous week! They will also go fishing, tube the creek, and play games. Campers travel to other parks for some activities. Campers must be able to swim. No aftercare available. We’ll have a campfire cookout on the last day of camp! We roast hotdogs and s’mores and enjoy lemonade to toast the end of a fun week of camp!

Add to Calendar 11 14 America/New_York Outdoor Adventure Camp Session II Outdoor sports such as hiking, canoeing, disc golf, learning survival skills like building shelters, orienteering, geocaching and rock climbing will be part of your camper’s adventurous week! They will also go fishing, tube the creek, and play games. Campers travel to other parks for some activities. Campers must be able to swim. No aftercare available. We’ll have a campfire cookout on the last day of camp! We roast hotdogs and s’mores and enjoy lemonade to toast the end of a fun week of camp! Brandywine Creek State Park

Nature Wonders Session II

Monday, July 22, 2019

9 a.m.

Spend time outside splashing in the creek, hunting insects, exploring trails, and looking for animal tracks. Learn about the marvels of nature playing exciting games and making crafts to take home. Every day has a new theme that campers will explore! Nature Wonders Lunch Bunch available, Noon-1 p.m.: Pack a lunch so your Nature Wonders camper can stay an extra hour to have a picnic, story, and fun time with our Camp Staff! $30 per week/session.

Add to Calendar 4 6 America/New_York Nature Wonders Session II Spend time outside splashing in the creek, hunting insects, exploring trails, and looking for animal tracks. Learn about the marvels of nature playing exciting games and making crafts to take home. Every day has a new theme that campers will explore! Nature Wonders Lunch Bunch available, Noon-1 p.m.: Pack a lunch so your Nature Wonders camper can stay an extra hour to have a picnic, story, and fun time with our Camp Staff! $30 per week/session. Brandywine Creek State Park

Wilderness Survival Session II

Monday, July 29, 2019

8:30 a.m.

Explore the outdoors and learn to live off the land! Along with learning Leave No Trace skills, campers will learn how to put up a tent, build a campfire, build a survival shelter, identify plants, track animals and study how to use a compass, fishing, river safety and more. Fun, safe experiences will teach campers how to be better prepared for outdoor adventures. We’ll have a campfire cookout on the last day of camp! We roast hotdogs and s’mores and enjoy lemonade to toast the end of a fun week of camp!

Add to Calendar 7 10 America/New_York Wilderness Survival Session II Explore the outdoors and learn to live off the land! Along with learning Leave No Trace skills, campers will learn how to put up a tent, build a campfire, build a survival shelter, identify plants, track animals and study how to use a compass, fishing, river safety and more. Fun, safe experiences will teach campers how to be better prepared for outdoor adventures. We’ll have a campfire cookout on the last day of camp! We roast hotdogs and s’mores and enjoy lemonade to toast the end of a fun week of camp! Brandywine Creek State Park

Nature Explorers Session II

Monday, July 29, 2019

8:30 a.m.

Become a Nature Sleuth! Explore the forests, meadows, and marshes here at the park! Discover a new animal and its habitat each day through fun activities like hikes, creek investigations, nature games, and crafts. We’ll have a campfire cookout on the last day of camp! We roast hotdogs and s’mores and enjoy lemonade to toast the end of a fun week of camp!

Add to Calendar 5 7 America/New_York Nature Explorers Session II Become a Nature Sleuth! Explore the forests, meadows, and marshes here at the park! Discover a new animal and its habitat each day through fun activities like hikes, creek investigations, nature games, and crafts. We’ll have a campfire cookout on the last day of camp! We roast hotdogs and s’mores and enjoy lemonade to toast the end of a fun week of camp! Brandywine Creek State Park

Outdoor Adventure Camp Session III

Monday, August 5, 2019

8:30 a.m.

Outdoor sports such as hiking, canoeing, disc golf, learning survival skills like building shelters, orienteering, geocaching and rock climbing will be part of your camper’s adventurous week! They will also go fishing, tube the creek, and play games. Campers travel to other parks for some activities. Campers must be able to swim. No aftercare available. We’ll have a campfire cookout on the last day of camp! We roast hotdogs and s’mores and enjoy lemonade to toast the end of a fun week of camp!

Add to Calendar 11 14 America/New_York Outdoor Adventure Camp Session III Outdoor sports such as hiking, canoeing, disc golf, learning survival skills like building shelters, orienteering, geocaching and rock climbing will be part of your camper’s adventurous week! They will also go fishing, tube the creek, and play games. Campers travel to other parks for some activities. Campers must be able to swim. No aftercare available. We’ll have a campfire cookout on the last day of camp! We roast hotdogs and s’mores and enjoy lemonade to toast the end of a fun week of camp! Brandywine Creek State Park

Nature Arts Camp

Monday, August 5, 2019

8:30 a.m.

Join our Art School Camp Counselors and spend the week creating art in the park! Each day will feature a different artistic technique campers will learn, including watercolors, acrylic paints, sketching, plein air drawing & painting. Parents will join us for an art show at the end of the week! We’ll have a campfire cookout on the last day of camp! We roast hotdogs and s’mores and enjoy lemonade to toast the end of a fun week of camp!

Add to Calendar 9 12 America/New_York Nature Arts Camp Join our Art School Camp Counselors and spend the week creating art in the park! Each day will feature a different artistic technique campers will learn, including watercolors, acrylic paints, sketching, plein air drawing & painting. Parents will join us for an art show at the end of the week! We’ll have a campfire cookout on the last day of camp! We roast hotdogs and s’mores and enjoy lemonade to toast the end of a fun week of camp! Brandywine Creek State Park

Nature Wonders Session III

Monday, August 12, 2019

9 a.m.

Spend time outside splashing in the creek, hunting insects, exploring trails, and looking for animal tracks. Learn about the marvels of nature playing exciting games and making crafts to take home. Every day has a new theme that campers will explore! Nature Wonders Lunch Bunch available, Noon-1 p.m.: Pack a lunch so your Nature Wonders camper can stay an extra hour to have a picnic, story, and fun time with our Camp Staff! $30 per week/session.

Add to Calendar 4 6 America/New_York Nature Wonders Session III Spend time outside splashing in the creek, hunting insects, exploring trails, and looking for animal tracks. Learn about the marvels of nature playing exciting games and making crafts to take home. Every day has a new theme that campers will explore! Nature Wonders Lunch Bunch available, Noon-1 p.m.: Pack a lunch so your Nature Wonders camper can stay an extra hour to have a picnic, story, and fun time with our Camp Staff! $30 per week/session. Brandywine Creek State Park