View of Auburn Heights Mansion at Auburn Valley State Park

Auburn Valley State Park


Delaware’s Newest State Park

Nestled in the Piedmont’s Red Clay Valley, visitors to Auburn Valley State Park will discover the history of the Marshall Family, Yorklyn’s rich industrial history, and revitalization of this site. Previously known as Auburn Heights Preserve, Auburn Valley State Park features new hiking and paved biking trails, the historic Marshall Mansion completed in 1897, the Marshall Steam Museum, the Auburn Valley 1/8-scale railroad, and much more.

Special thanks go to Tom and Ruth Marshall for their generous donation of this Auburn Valley estate to Delaware State Parks.

Featured Program: First Day Hikes at Auburn Valley State Park

Featured Program: First Day Hikes at Auburn Valley State Park

Start the New Year off right by hiking the newest trail at Auburn Heights Preserve: the 1.1 mile Oversee Farm Trail. Meet at 1 p.m. at the Oversee Farm Trail parking lot at 1516 Snuff Mill Rd. For our second first day hike, we will walk the 1/2-mile Yorklyn Bridge Trail and cross the new Paper Mill Bridge to also hike the 1.2 mile paved Auburn Valley Trail. Meet at 3:30 p.m. at the Yorklyn Bridge Trail parking lot on Yorklyn Rd. Free. Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at 1 and 3:30 p.m.

Add to Calendar 1/1/2019 13:00 1/1/2019 13:45 America/New_York Featured Program: First Day Hikes at Auburn Valley State Park Start the New Year off right by hiking the newest trail at Auburn Heights Preserve: the 1.1 mile Oversee Farm Trail. Meet at 1 p.m. at the Oversee Farm Trail parking lot at 1516 Snuff Mill Rd. For our second first day hike, we will walk the 1/2-mile Yorklyn Bridge Trail and cross the new Paper Mill Bridge to also hike the 1.2 mile paved Auburn Valley Trail. Meet at 3:30 p.m. at the Yorklyn Bridge Trail parking lot on Yorklyn Rd. Free. Auburn Valley State Park


Tour the Historic Marshall Mansion

Dating back to 1897, the Marshall mansion tells the story of the family that once called Auburn Valley State Park home. The mansion, with its antique furnishings, is open to the public on select dates and for private tours by appointment. Check the Upcoming Events schedule below for a complete listing of public events.

Discover the Power of Steam at The Marshall Steam Museum

The Marshall Steam Museum houses the largest collection of operating steam cars in the world. The museum contains historic Stanley Steamers, and gives guests the opportunity to experience life at the dawn of the automotive age first-hand. The museum is open to the public on select dates and for private tours by appointment. Check the Upcoming Events schedule below for a complete listing of public events.

Explore the Park’s Rich Natural Resources

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Appreciate the beauty of Auburn Valley State Park by exploring Red Clay Creek. Discover the critical role of water in the industrial development of Yorklyn and the revitalization of the surrounding community.

Join us for Steamin’ Days

One of the best ways to experience Auburn Valley State Park is by joining us for Steamin Days. Taking place monthly, park guests have the opportunity to tour the Marshall Mansion and discover what it would have been like to live there. The Marshall Steam Museum opens for tours on these days, and guests may enjoy rides on the miniature trains and steam cars that circle the property.

Schedule Private Tours and Events

Tours of Auburn Heights, the Marshall family mansion, and the Marshall Steam Museum are available by appointment for groups of eight or more on non-event days. Tour tickets are $8 per person for either the mansion or museum tour, or $14 for both. Call (302) 239-5687 for information or to schedule a tour. Schedule tours at least one week in advance.

This timeless estate is a unique location for events ranging from weddings and rehearsal dinners to retirement parties and business meetings. Visit our Celebrations and Meetings page for more information.


Upcoming Events

Featured Program: First Day Hikes at Auburn Valley State Park

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

1 and 3:30 p.m.

Start the New Year off right by hiking the newest trail at Auburn Heights Preserve: the 1.1 mile Oversee Farm Trail. Meet at 1 p.m. at the Oversee Farm Trail parking lot at 1516 Snuff Mill Rd. For our second first day hike, we will walk the 1/2-mile Yorklyn Bridge Trail and cross the new Paper Mill Bridge to also hike the 1.2 mile paved Auburn Valley Trail. Meet at 3:30 p.m. at the Yorklyn Bridge Trail parking lot on Yorklyn Rd. Free.

Add to Calendar 1/1/2019 13:00 1/1/2019 13:45 America/New_York Featured Program: First Day Hikes at Auburn Valley State Park Start the New Year off right by hiking the newest trail at Auburn Heights Preserve: the 1.1 mile Oversee Farm Trail. Meet at 1 p.m. at the Oversee Farm Trail parking lot at 1516 Snuff Mill Rd. For our second first day hike, we will walk the 1/2-mile Yorklyn Bridge Trail and cross the new Paper Mill Bridge to also hike the 1.2 mile paved Auburn Valley Trail. Meet at 3:30 p.m. at the Yorklyn Bridge Trail parking lot on Yorklyn Rd. Free. Auburn Valley State Park

First Day Hike at Oversee

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

1 p.m.

Start the New Year off right by hiking the newest trail at Auburn Heights Preserve: the 1.1 mile Oversee Farm Trail. Meet at 1 p.m. at the Oversee Farm Trail parking lot at 1516 Snuff Mill Rd. Free. 1516 Snuff Mill Rd, Hockessin, DE 19707, USA

Add to Calendar 1/1/2019 13:00 1/1/2019 13:45 America/New_York First Day Hike at Oversee Start the New Year off right by hiking the newest trail at Auburn Heights Preserve: the 1.1 mile Oversee Farm Trail. Meet at 1 p.m. at the Oversee Farm Trail parking lot at 1516 Snuff Mill Rd. Free. 1516 Snuff Mill Rd, Hockessin, DE 19707, USA Auburn Valley State Park

First Day Hike at Yorklyn Bridge

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

03:30 p.m.

For our second first day hike, we will walk the 1/2 mile Yorklyn Bridge Trail and cross the new Paper Mill Bridge to also hike the 1.2 mile paved Auburn Valley Trail. Meet at 3:30 p.m. at the Yorklyn Bridge Trail parking lot on Yorklyn Rd. Free. Yorklyn Bridge Trail Parking Lot

Add to Calendar 1/1/2019 15:30 1/1/2019 16:30 America/New_York First Day Hike at Yorklyn Bridge For our second first day hike, we will walk the 1/2 mile Yorklyn Bridge Trail and cross the new Paper Mill Bridge to also hike the 1.2 mile paved Auburn Valley Trail. Meet at 3:30 p.m. at the Yorklyn Bridge Trail parking lot on Yorklyn Rd. Free. Yorklyn Bridge Trail Parking Lot Auburn Valley State Park

Estate Walks

Friday, January 4, 2019

11 a.m.

Learn more about Auburn Heights while enjoying the beautiful grounds. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes. Meet on the front porch of the Auburn Heights mansion. Parking is on Creek Road across from the mansion. Free. Auburn Heights Preserve, 3000 Creek Rd, Hockessin, DE 19707, USA

Add to Calendar 1/4/2019 11:00 1/4/2019 11:45 America/New_York Estate Walks Learn more about Auburn Heights while enjoying the beautiful grounds. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes. Meet on the front porch of the Auburn Heights mansion. Parking is on Creek Road across from the mansion. Free. Auburn Heights Preserve, 3000 Creek Rd, Hockessin, DE 19707, USA Auburn Valley State Park

Open House Tour

Friday, January 4, 2019

1 p.m.

Tour the Auburn Heights Mansion. Please note that there are stairs during the tour. The Marshall Steam Museum will be closed until April. $8 per adult $4 per child under 13. Auburn Heights Preserve, 3000 Creek Rd, Hockessin, DE 19707, USA

Add to Calendar 1/4/2019 13:00 1/4/2019 14:00 America/New_York Open House Tour Tour the Auburn Heights Mansion. Please note that there are stairs during the tour. The Marshall Steam Museum will be closed until April. $8 per adult $4 per child under 13. Auburn Heights Preserve, 3000 Creek Rd, Hockessin, DE 19707, USA Auburn Valley State Park

Bark in the Park

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

9 a.m.

Bundle up and bring your pup for a casual stroll on the Oversee Farm Trail. Well-behaved dogs on a leash with updated rabies vaccines are welcome on this paved 1.1 mile walk. Meet at the Oversee Farm Trail parking lot at 1516 Snuff Mill Rd. Free. 1516 Snuff Mill Rd, Hockessin, DE 19707, USA

Add to Calendar 1/9/2019 9:00 1/9/2019 9:45 America/New_York Bark in the Park Bundle up and bring your pup for a casual stroll on the Oversee Farm Trail. Well-behaved dogs on a leash with updated rabies vaccines are welcome on this paved 1.1 mile walk. Meet at the Oversee Farm Trail parking lot at 1516 Snuff Mill Rd. Free. 1516 Snuff Mill Rd, Hockessin, DE 19707, USA Auburn Valley State Park

Bird Discovery Hike

Sunday, January 13, 2019

9 a.m.

This casual, half mile walk is for everyone, from beginners to experienced birders. Wear comfortable shoes and meet at the Auburn Valley Trail parking lot off Benge Road on Farm Lane. Free. Auburn Valley Trail Parking Lot

Add to Calendar 1/13/2019 9:00 1/13/2019 10:30 America/New_York Bird Discovery Hike This casual, half mile walk is for everyone, from beginners to experienced birders. Wear comfortable shoes and meet at the Auburn Valley Trail parking lot off Benge Road on Farm Lane. Free. Auburn Valley Trail Parking Lot Auburn Valley State Park

Bark in the Park

Saturday, January 19, 2019

9 a.m.

Bundle up and bring your pup for a casual stroll on the Oversee Farm Trail. Well-behaved dogs on a leash with updated rabies vaccines are welcome on this paved 1.1 mile walk. Meet at the Oversee Farm Trail parking lot at 1516 Snuff Mill Rd. Free. 1516 Snuff Mill Rd, Hockessin, DE 19707, USA

Add to Calendar 1/19/2019 9:00 1/19/2019 9:45 America/New_York Bark in the Park Bundle up and bring your pup for a casual stroll on the Oversee Farm Trail. Well-behaved dogs on a leash with updated rabies vaccines are welcome on this paved 1.1 mile walk. Meet at the Oversee Farm Trail parking lot at 1516 Snuff Mill Rd. Free. 1516 Snuff Mill Rd, Hockessin, DE 19707, USA Auburn Valley State Park

Hike Through History

Saturday, January 19, 2019

11 a.m.

Come join us on a Hike Through History at Auburn Heights Preserve and learn about the industrial and agricultural past of the area. You’ll also learn how the Trolley Trail got its name. Wear sturdy walking shoes for this hour-long trip. Meet at the Auburn Valley Trail parking lot on Farm Ln. off of Benge Rd. Free. Auburn Valley Trail Parking Lot

Add to Calendar 1/19/2019 11:00 1/19/2019 11:45 America/New_York Hike Through History Come join us on a Hike Through History at Auburn Heights Preserve and learn about the industrial and agricultural past of the area. You’ll also learn how the Trolley Trail got its name. Wear sturdy walking shoes for this hour-long trip. Meet at the Auburn Valley Trail parking lot on Farm Ln. off of Benge Rd. Free. Auburn Valley Trail Parking Lot Auburn Valley State Park

Open House Tour

Saturday, January 19, 2019

1 p.m.

Tour the Auburn Heights Mansion. Please note that there are stairs during the tour. The Marshall Steam Museum will be closed until April. $8 per adult $4 per child under 13. Auburn Heights Preserve, 3000 Creek Rd, Hockessin, DE 19707, USA

Add to Calendar 1/19/2019 13:00 1/19/2019 14:00 America/New_York Open House Tour Tour the Auburn Heights Mansion. Please note that there are stairs during the tour. The Marshall Steam Museum will be closed until April. $8 per adult $4 per child under 13. Auburn Heights Preserve, 3000 Creek Rd, Hockessin, DE 19707, USA Auburn Valley State Park

Estate Walk

Friday, February 1, 2019

11 a.m.

Enjoy a stroll around the grounds of Auburn Heights. Learn more about Auburn Heights and the Marshall family while enjoying the Victorian architecture and the beautiful grounds. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing. Meet on the front porch of the Auburn Heights mansion. Parking is available in the event lot on Creek Road across from the mansion. Free. Auburn Heights Preserve, 3000 Creek Rd, Hockessin, DE 19707, USA

Add to Calendar 2/1/2019 11:00 2/1/2019 11:45 America/New_York Estate Walk Enjoy a stroll around the grounds of Auburn Heights. Learn more about Auburn Heights and the Marshall family while enjoying the Victorian architecture and the beautiful grounds. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing. Meet on the front porch of the Auburn Heights mansion. Parking is available in the event lot on Creek Road across from the mansion. Free. Auburn Heights Preserve, 3000 Creek Rd, Hockessin, DE 19707, USA Auburn Valley State Park

Bird Discovery Hike

Sunday, February 10, 2019

9 a.m.

This casual, half mile walk is for everyone, from beginners to experienced birders. Wear comfortable shoes and meet at the Auburn Valley Trail parking lot off Benge Road on Farm Lane. Free. Auburn Valley Trail Parking Lot

Add to Calendar 2/10/2019 9:00 2/10/2019 10:30 America/New_York Bird Discovery Hike This casual, half mile walk is for everyone, from beginners to experienced birders. Wear comfortable shoes and meet at the Auburn Valley Trail parking lot off Benge Road on Farm Lane. Free. Auburn Valley Trail Parking Lot Auburn Valley State Park

Bark in the Park

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

9 a.m.

Bundle up and bring your pup for a casual stroll on the Oversee Farm Trail. Well-behaved dogs on a leash with updated rabies vaccines are welcome on this paved 1.1 mile walk. Meet at the Oversee Farm Trail parking lot at 1516 Snuff Mill Rd. Free. 1516 Snuff Mill Rd, Hockessin, DE 19707, USA

Add to Calendar 2/13/2019 9:00 2/13/2019 9:45 America/New_York Bark in the Park Bundle up and bring your pup for a casual stroll on the Oversee Farm Trail. Well-behaved dogs on a leash with updated rabies vaccines are welcome on this paved 1.1 mile walk. Meet at the Oversee Farm Trail parking lot at 1516 Snuff Mill Rd. Free. 1516 Snuff Mill Rd, Hockessin, DE 19707, USA Auburn Valley State Park

Bark in the Park

Saturday, February 16, 2019

9 a.m.

Bundle up and bring your pup for a casual stroll on the Oversee Farm Trail. Well-behaved dogs on a leash with updated rabies vaccines are welcome on this paved 1.1 mile walk. Meet at the Oversee Farm Trail parking lot at 1516 Snuff Mill Rd. Free. 1516 Snuff Mill Rd, Hockessin, DE 19707, USA

Add to Calendar 2/16/2019 9:00 2/16/2019 9:45 America/New_York Bark in the Park Bundle up and bring your pup for a casual stroll on the Oversee Farm Trail. Well-behaved dogs on a leash with updated rabies vaccines are welcome on this paved 1.1 mile walk. Meet at the Oversee Farm Trail parking lot at 1516 Snuff Mill Rd. Free. 1516 Snuff Mill Rd, Hockessin, DE 19707, USA Auburn Valley State Park

Hike Through History

Saturday, February 16, 2019

11 a.m.

Come join us on a Hike Through History at Auburn Heights Preserve and learn about the industrial and agricultural past of the area. You’ll also learn how the Trolley Trail got its name. Wear sturdy walking shoes for this hour-long trip. Meet at the Auburn Valley Trail parking lot on Farm Ln. off of Benge Rd. Free. Auburn Valley Trail Parking Lot

Add to Calendar 2/16/2019 11:00 2/16/2019 11:45 America/New_York Hike Through History Come join us on a Hike Through History at Auburn Heights Preserve and learn about the industrial and agricultural past of the area. You’ll also learn how the Trolley Trail got its name. Wear sturdy walking shoes for this hour-long trip. Meet at the Auburn Valley Trail parking lot on Farm Ln. off of Benge Rd. Free. Auburn Valley Trail Parking Lot Auburn Valley State Park