The afternoon managed deer hunt scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 16, at Brandywine Creek State Park has been canceled. The park office will open at noon Wednesday. The Dec. 16 morning managed shotgun hunt will proceed as scheduled with an on-site lottery for pin and stand sites at the Hawk Watch pavilion at 5 a.m. Those interested in entering the lottery must arrive by 4:30 a.m. to register.
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.
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.
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.
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
Saturday, April 24, 2021
Listen for songbird calls, look for flashes of bright wings in the sky, and learn a little bit about the meadows as a habitat. Hike the BCSP bluebird trail with the naturalists and learn about our monitoring program. Along the way we will talk about some of the birds that can be found in our meadows. Pre-Registration is required; call 302-655-5740 to register. Free
Friday, April 30, 2021
How many different trees can you find around the park? Check out our StoryMap and learn all about the many trees we have around BCSP. Then you can venture out into the park and search for the trees. Follow the hints we provide to the trees that the naturalists have marked. Can you find them all? We will share the link on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BrandywineCreekStatePark Free with paid park entry
Saturday, May 1, 2021
The landscape at Brandywine Creek State Park is home to a variety of flora and fauna that thrive in the historic meadows. Join the naturalists on a walk through the meadows and learn how the park cares for them. We will explore the different things we work to protect and remove. Pre-Registration is required; call 302-655-5740 to register. Free
Thursday, May 6, 2021
Splish Splash! Who’s that swimming in the stream? This week for Terrific Toddlers we are learning all about the fish that live in the park. Watch for free on our Facebook page.
Saturday, May 8, 2021
Big and small, colorful and subdued, spring brings beautiful wildflowers to our park. Take a walk through the park with us as we learn about some of the different wildflowers (and other spring plants) that are blooming with the changing of the season. Pre-Registration is required; call 302-655-5740 to register. Free
Saturday, May 15, 2021
Join us, along with our friends from First State Heritage Park and Fort Delaware as we whisk you back in time. We will meet the women who helped shape Brandywine Creek and the fashions of their time. We will learn about historical fashion and the history of the families who shaped the park. Registration required, space is extremely limited. Register online or call 302-655-5740. $20 per person
Thursday, May 20, 2021
April showers bring May flowers, and the rainbows of spring are bright and colorful. Join us for this colorful terrific toddlers where we will explore all of the bright hues of the world around us! Watch for free on our Facebook page.
Saturday, May 22, 2021
It's International Biodiversity Day! Join us in the pollinator garden to learn why an ecosystem's biodiversity is important and how we can help by gardening with native plants. We will also tour the garden to see what is blooming and who is buzzing around. Pre-Registration is required; call 302-655-5740 to register. Free