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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 Fishing at the Creek

Featured Program: Family Fishing at the Creek

Bring out he whole family to experience catch-and-release fishing at Brandywine Creek. There will be a tutorial for those who are new to the sport of fishing. Supplies will be provided, or you may bring your own. Fishing licenses are required. Meet at Thompsons Bridge parking lot. Pre-registration is encouraged. FREE with paid entrance to the park. Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 1 p.m.

Add to Calendar 11/10/2018 1:00:00 PM 11/10/2018 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Featured Program: Family Fishing at the Creek Bring out he whole family to experience catch-and-release fishing at Brandywine Creek. There will be a tutorial for those who are new to the sport of fishing. Supplies will be provided, or you may bring your own. Fishing licenses are required. Meet at Thompsons Bridge parking lot. Pre-registration is encouraged. FREE with paid entrance to the park. 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

Full Moon Hike

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

8 p.m.

Experience the park after dark and join a Naturalist for this fun Full Moon Hike! We will journey through the meadows and make our way to our telescopes where we can check out the moon up close! Hike will last approximately 1 hour. Meet at the Nature Center. Pre-registration encouraged, space is limited. $5 per person

Add to Calendar 10/24/2018 8:00:00 PM 10/24/2018 9:00:00 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 make our way to our telescopes where we can check out the moon up close! Hike will last approximately 1 hour. Meet at the Nature Center. Pre-registration encouraged, space is limited. $5 per person Brandywine Creek State Park

Autumn Hayrides

Friday, October 26, 2018

6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Bring your friends and join the crew for good old-fashioned fun on a hayride around the park followed by a cozy 45-minute campfire. Bring a blanket, food and beverages (non-alcoholic) and settle in for a 45-minute trip; rides leave on time. Reserve a wagon for your family, school, work, church group or birthday party! Pre-registration and payment over the phone (302-655-5740) are REQUIRED by noon on the day before the hayride. $7 per person OR $125 for the whole wagon (up to 20 adults).

Add to Calendar 10/26/2018 6:00:00 PM 10/26/2018 8:00:00 PM America/New_York Autumn Hayrides Bring your friends and join the crew for good old-fashioned fun on a hayride around the park followed by a cozy 45-minute campfire. Bring a blanket, food and beverages (non-alcoholic) and settle in for a 45-minute trip; rides leave on time. Reserve a wagon for your family, school, work, church group or birthday party! Pre-registration and payment over the phone (302-655-5740) are REQUIRED by noon on the day before the hayride. $7 per person OR $125 for the whole wagon (up to 20 adults). Brandywine Creek State Park

Monthly Bird Walks

Saturday, October 27, 2018

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.

Add to Calendar 10/27/2018 8:00:00 AM 10/27/2018 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

Autumn Hayrides

Saturday, October 27, 2018

1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Bring your friends and join the crew for good old-fashioned fun on a hayride around the park followed by a cozy 45-minute campfire. Bring a blanket, food and beverages (non-alcoholic) and settle in for a 45-minute trip; rides leave on time. Reserve a wagon for your family, school, work, church group or birthday party! Pre-registration and payment over the phone (302-655-5740) are REQUIRED by noon on the day before the hayride. $7 per person OR $125 for the whole wagon (up to 20 adults).

Add to Calendar 10/27/2018 1:00:00 PM 10/27/2018 6:00:00 PM America/New_York Autumn Hayrides Bring your friends and join the crew for good old-fashioned fun on a hayride around the park followed by a cozy 45-minute campfire. Bring a blanket, food and beverages (non-alcoholic) and settle in for a 45-minute trip; rides leave on time. Reserve a wagon for your family, school, work, church group or birthday party! Pre-registration and payment over the phone (302-655-5740) are REQUIRED by noon on the day before the hayride. $7 per person OR $125 for the whole wagon (up to 20 adults). Brandywine Creek State Park

Autumn Hayrides

Sunday, October 28, 2018

12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Bring your friends and join the crew for good old-fashioned fun on a hayride around the park followed by a cozy 45-minute campfire. Bring a blanket, food and beverages (non-alcoholic) and settle in for a 45-minute trip; rides leave on time. Reserve a wagon for your family, school, work, church group or birthday party! Pre-registration and payment over the phone (302-655-5740) are REQUIRED by noon on the day before the hayride. $7 per person OR $125 for the whole wagon (up to 20 adults).

Add to Calendar 10/28/2018 12:00:00 PM 10/28/2018 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Autumn Hayrides Bring your friends and join the crew for good old-fashioned fun on a hayride around the park followed by a cozy 45-minute campfire. Bring a blanket, food and beverages (non-alcoholic) and settle in for a 45-minute trip; rides leave on time. Reserve a wagon for your family, school, work, church group or birthday party! Pre-registration and payment over the phone (302-655-5740) are REQUIRED by noon on the day before the hayride. $7 per person OR $125 for the whole wagon (up to 20 adults). Brandywine Creek State Park

Autumn Hayrides

Friday, November 2, 2018

6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Bring your friends and join the crew for good old-fashioned fun on a hayride around the park followed by a cozy 45-minute campfire. Bring a blanket, food and beverages (non-alcoholic) and settle in for a 45-minute trip; rides leave on time. Reserve a wagon for your family, school, work, church group or birthday party! Pre-registration and payment over the phone (302-655-5740) are REQUIRED by noon on the day before the hayride. $7 per person OR $125 for the whole wagon (up to 20 adults).

Add to Calendar 11/2/2018 6:00:00 PM 11/2/2018 8:00:00 PM America/New_York Autumn Hayrides Bring your friends and join the crew for good old-fashioned fun on a hayride around the park followed by a cozy 45-minute campfire. Bring a blanket, food and beverages (non-alcoholic) and settle in for a 45-minute trip; rides leave on time. Reserve a wagon for your family, school, work, church group or birthday party! Pre-registration and payment over the phone (302-655-5740) are REQUIRED by noon on the day before the hayride. $7 per person OR $125 for the whole wagon (up to 20 adults). Brandywine Creek State Park

Autumn Hayrides

Saturday, November 3, 2018

1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Bring your friends and join the crew for good old-fashioned fun on a hayride around the park followed by a cozy 45-minute campfire. Bring a blanket, food and beverages (non-alcoholic) and settle in for a 45-minute trip; rides leave on time. Reserve a wagon for your family, school, work, church group or birthday party! Pre-registration and payment over the phone (302-655-5740) are REQUIRED by noon on the day before the hayride. $7 per person OR $125 for the whole wagon (up to 20 adults).

Add to Calendar 11/3/2018 1:00:00 PM 11/3/2018 6:00:00 PM America/New_York Autumn Hayrides Bring your friends and join the crew for good old-fashioned fun on a hayride around the park followed by a cozy 45-minute campfire. Bring a blanket, food and beverages (non-alcoholic) and settle in for a 45-minute trip; rides leave on time. Reserve a wagon for your family, school, work, church group or birthday party! Pre-registration and payment over the phone (302-655-5740) are REQUIRED by noon on the day before the hayride. $7 per person OR $125 for the whole wagon (up to 20 adults). Brandywine Creek State Park

Autumn Hayrides

Sunday, November 4, 2018

12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Bring your friends and join the crew for good old-fashioned fun on a hayride around the park followed by a cozy 45-minute campfire. Bring a blanket, food and beverages (non-alcoholic) and settle in for a 45-minute trip; rides leave on time. Reserve a wagon for your family, school, work, church group or birthday party! Pre-registration and payment over the phone (302-655-5740) are REQUIRED by noon on the day before the hayride. $7 per person OR $125 for the whole wagon (up to 20 adults).

Add to Calendar 11/4/2018 12:00:00 PM 11/4/2018 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Autumn Hayrides Bring your friends and join the crew for good old-fashioned fun on a hayride around the park followed by a cozy 45-minute campfire. Bring a blanket, food and beverages (non-alcoholic) and settle in for a 45-minute trip; rides leave on time. Reserve a wagon for your family, school, work, church group or birthday party! Pre-registration and payment over the phone (302-655-5740) are REQUIRED by noon on the day before the hayride. $7 per person OR $125 for the whole wagon (up to 20 adults). Brandywine Creek State Park

Terrific Toddlers - Turkey Tales

Thursday, November 8, 2018

9:30 a.m.

It's the season for turkey tales! Let's learn about turkeys in the wild, make a craft, and check out fall in it's awesome colors! Pre-registration is encouraged. $5 per child. Program is for children ages 2 to 4 years.

Add to Calendar 11/8/2018 9:30:00 AM 11/8/2018 10:15:00 AM America/New_York Terrific Toddlers - Turkey Tales It's the season for turkey tales! Let's learn about turkeys in the wild, make a craft, and check out fall in it's awesome colors! Pre-registration is encouraged. $5 per child. Program is for children ages 2 to 4 years. Brandywine Creek State Park

Nature Explorers - Turkey Tales

Thursday, November 8, 2018

1:30 p.m.

It's the season for turkey tales! Let's learn about turkeys in the wild, make a craft, and check out fall in it's awesome colors! Pre-registration is encouraged. $5 per child. Program is for children ages 4 to 6 years.

Add to Calendar 11/8/2018 1:30:00 PM 11/8/2018 2:15:00 PM America/New_York Nature Explorers - Turkey Tales It's the season for turkey tales! Let's learn about turkeys in the wild, make a craft, and check out fall in it's awesome colors! Pre-registration is encouraged. $5 per child. Program is for children ages 4 to 6 years. Brandywine Creek State Park

Starry Night Hike

Friday, November 9, 2018

6:30 p.m.

Join our Naturalists for a chance to experience the park after dark! Hike the meadows and trails, look for constellations, cloud formations, moon phases, and maybe even a shooting star! Meet us at the Nature Center, pre-registration is encouraged to ensure space is available. $5 per person

Add to Calendar 11/9/2018 6:30:00 PM 11/9/2018 7:30:00 PM America/New_York Starry Night Hike Join our Naturalists for a chance to experience the park after dark! Hike the meadows and trails, look for constellations, cloud formations, moon phases, and maybe even a shooting star! Meet us at the Nature Center, pre-registration is encouraged to ensure space is available. $5 per person Brandywine Creek State Park

Family Fun Senses Hike

Saturday, November 10, 2018

11 a.m.

Join us as we hike the trails through Flint Woods looking for signs of fall and winter! We will use our sense to explore the Preserve and see what we can observe! Flint Woods Nature Preserve is a satellite area of Brandywine Creek State Park. Participants are limited to 12. Meet at the Nature Center for transportation to the preserve. $5 per person.

Add to Calendar 11/10/2018 11:00:00 AM 11/10/2018 12:00:00 PM America/New_York 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 sense to explore the Preserve and see what we can observe! Flint Woods Nature Preserve is a satellite area of Brandywine Creek State Park. Participants are limited to 12. Meet at the Nature Center for transportation to the preserve. $5 per person. Brandywine Creek State Park

Featured Program: Family Fishing at the Creek

Saturday, November 10, 2018

1 p.m.

Bring out he whole family to experience catch-and-release fishing at Brandywine Creek. There will be a tutorial for those who are new to the sport of fishing. Supplies will be provided, or you may bring your own. Fishing licenses are required. Meet at Thompsons Bridge parking lot. Pre-registration is encouraged. FREE with paid entrance to the park.

Add to Calendar 11/10/2018 1:00:00 PM 11/10/2018 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Featured Program: Family Fishing at the Creek Bring out he whole family to experience catch-and-release fishing at Brandywine Creek. There will be a tutorial for those who are new to the sport of fishing. Supplies will be provided, or you may bring your own. Fishing licenses are required. Meet at Thompsons Bridge parking lot. Pre-registration is encouraged. FREE with paid entrance to the park. Brandywine Creek State Park

Owl Prowl

Saturday, November 17, 2018

6 p.m.

Following an introduction to the owls of Delaware, head out into the night to listen for some of the park’s resident owls. Bring your sense of adventure, but no flashlights please! Pre-registration encouraged, space is limited. Meet at the Nature Center. Recommended for ages 6 and up. $5 per person

Add to Calendar 11/17/2018 6:00:00 PM 11/17/2018 7:00:00 PM America/New_York Owl Prowl Following an introduction to the owls of Delaware, head out into the night to listen for some of the park’s resident owls. Bring your sense of adventure, but no flashlights please! Pre-registration encouraged, space is limited. Meet at the Nature Center. Recommended for ages 6 and up. $5 per person Brandywine Creek State Park

Full Moon Hike

Friday, November 23, 2018

7 p.m.

Experience the park after dark and join a Naturalist for this fun Full Moon Hike! We will journey through the meadows and make our way to our telescopes where we can check out the moon up close! Hike will last approximately 1 hour. Meet at the Nature Center. Pre-registration encouraged, space is limited. $5 per person

Add to Calendar 11/23/2018 7:00:00 PM 11/23/2018 8:00:00 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 make our way to our telescopes where we can check out the moon up close! Hike will last approximately 1 hour. Meet at the Nature Center. Pre-registration encouraged, space is limited. $5 per person Brandywine Creek State Park

Monthly Bird Walks

Saturday, November 24, 2018

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.

Add to Calendar 11/24/2018 8:00:00 AM 11/24/2018 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