View of Auburn Heights Mansion at Auburn Valley State Park

Auburn Valley State Park


Special Notice: Trail Closures

On Wednesday, October 21, both the Auburn Valley Trail and Trolley Trail will be inaccessible due to bridge construction on Farm Lane Road. Please plan accordingly.

Find Your Adventure at Auburn Valley

Steam car tour at Auburn Valley State Park

Ride a Vintage Steam Car

Visit the Marshall Steam Museum on Steamin’ Days and learn about steam power and the role of water.

The Red Clay Creek at Auburn Valley is socked with trout each spring

Fish the Red Clay Creek

Visit this creek in April to catch freshly stocked trout, or take part in a children’s fishing program.

The Oversee Farm Trail leads to a local farmhouse and barn

Hike the Oversee Farm Trail

Enjoy a 1.1-mile hike as you explore the architecture of the local farmhouse and barn found here.

The Marshall Family bridge is an 1883 bowstring truss bridge from Iowa. It was salvaged and brought to Auburn Valley State Park in 2018.

Watch a Sunset from the Marshall Family Bridge

Hike or bike through the natural and cultural history of Wilmington! Stop at historic overlooks to learn about the textile mills that once stood throughout the region.

Auburn Heights mansion retains many original Victorian furnishings

Tour Auburn Heights Mansion

This Queen Anne-style home, built in 1897, is a stellar example of Victorian style and decor. It includes many of the Marshall family's original furnishings, and remains today much as it did when three generations of the family lived there.

The former Marshall Brothers Paper Mill is a glimpse into Delaware's industrial past

Superintendent’s Pick: Tour the Paper Mill

Check out the former Marshall Brothers Paper Mill for a glimpse of Delaware's industrial past. Be sure to bring your camera!

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.

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

Bee Box

Monday, April 26, 2021

8:00 AM

Help the declining bee population in your neighborhood by using our kit to build a reusable bee house out of bamboo. Each kit comes with enough bamboo to fill a house of your choosing, instructions for hanging and care, and seed packets for native wildflowers. Most importantly, each kit teaches you how to reuse invasive bamboo to benefit the bees. Kits are available for pickup starting April 26 at the park office Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. for two weeks. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Book your spot by calling 302-239-5687. $15 per kit

Add to Calendar 4/26/2021 8:00:00 AM 4/26/2021 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Bee Box Help the declining bee population in your neighborhood by using our kit to build a reusable bee house out of bamboo. Each kit comes with enough bamboo to fill a house of your choosing, instructions for hanging and care, and seed packets for native wildflowers. Most importantly, each kit teaches you how to reuse invasive bamboo to benefit the bees. Kits are available for pickup starting April 26 at the park office Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. for two weeks. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Book your spot by calling 302-239-5687. $15 per kit Auburn Valley State Park

Bridge between Eras

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

12:00 PM

Come enjoy the cool spring weather and the beautiful outdoors on this one-hour hike. Learn about the cross-continental journey of Auburn Valley’s new bridges, how they typify the industrial revolution which gives Yorklyn its flavor, and the planned arrival of new bridges in the future. Meet in the Paper Mill Parking Lot on Benge Road. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Book your spot by calling 302-239-5687. Free

Add to Calendar 4/28/2021 12:00:00 PM 4/28/2021 1:00:00 PM America/New_York Bridge between Eras Come enjoy the cool spring weather and the beautiful outdoors on this one-hour hike. Learn about the cross-continental journey of Auburn Valley’s new bridges, how they typify the industrial revolution which gives Yorklyn its flavor, and the planned arrival of new bridges in the future. Meet in the Paper Mill Parking Lot on Benge Road. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Book your spot by calling 302-239-5687. Free Auburn Valley State Park

Bridge between Eras

Saturday, May 1, 2021

12:00 PM

Come enjoy the cool spring weather and the beautiful outdoors on this one-hour hike. Learn about the cross-continental journey of Auburn Valley’s new bridges, how they typify the industrial revolution which gives Yorklyn its flavor, and the planned arrival of new bridges in the future. Meet in the Paper Mill Parking Lot on Benge Road. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Book your spot by calling 302-239-5687. Free

Add to Calendar 5/1/2021 12:00:00 PM 5/1/2021 1:00:00 PM America/New_York Bridge between Eras Come enjoy the cool spring weather and the beautiful outdoors on this one-hour hike. Learn about the cross-continental journey of Auburn Valley’s new bridges, how they typify the industrial revolution which gives Yorklyn its flavor, and the planned arrival of new bridges in the future. Meet in the Paper Mill Parking Lot on Benge Road. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Book your spot by calling 302-239-5687. Free Auburn Valley State Park

Bridge between Eras

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

12:00 PM

Come enjoy the cool spring weather and the beautiful outdoors on this one-hour hike. Learn about the cross-continental journey of Auburn Valley’s new bridges, how they typify the industrial revolution which gives Yorklyn its flavor, and the planned arrival of new bridges in the future. Meet in the Paper Mill Parking Lot on Benge Road. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Book your spot by calling 302-239-5687. Free

Add to Calendar 5/12/2021 12:00:00 PM 5/12/2021 1:00:00 PM America/New_York Bridge between Eras Come enjoy the cool spring weather and the beautiful outdoors on this one-hour hike. Learn about the cross-continental journey of Auburn Valley’s new bridges, how they typify the industrial revolution which gives Yorklyn its flavor, and the planned arrival of new bridges in the future. Meet in the Paper Mill Parking Lot on Benge Road. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Book your spot by calling 302-239-5687. Free Auburn Valley State Park

Cool Off in the Creek

Sunday, May 16, 2021

11:00 AM

Join park interpreters in this outdoor experience for families. Visitors will get their toes wet as they wade into the Red Clay Creek using dip nets and buckets to find wildlife and identify the various forms of life which find their home here. This program will be free as a special gift to families looking to get out of doors and experience something new together. Expect to get wet; wear clothes you don’t mind getting soaked in and pack a fresh pair of dry socks and shoes for after the wading portion. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Book your spot by calling 302-239-5687. Free

Add to Calendar 5/16/2021 11:00:00 AM 5/16/2021 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Cool Off in the Creek Join park interpreters in this outdoor experience for families. Visitors will get their toes wet as they wade into the Red Clay Creek using dip nets and buckets to find wildlife and identify the various forms of life which find their home here. This program will be free as a special gift to families looking to get out of doors and experience something new together. Expect to get wet; wear clothes you don’t mind getting soaked in and pack a fresh pair of dry socks and shoes for after the wading portion. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Book your spot by calling 302-239-5687. Free Auburn Valley State Park

Birding Hike

Sunday, May 23, 2021

10:00 AM

This hour and a half hike is perfect for beginners to experienced birders. Come catch a glimpse of the many diverse kinds of birds that call Yorklyn their home. You'll check blue bird boxes at the Auburn Valley Loop Trail and look for Purple Martins at the NVF site under the guidance of experienced birder Charles Shattuck owner of Wild Birds unlimited! Charles will help bring the birding world of Auburn Valley to life as he shows us how to provide proper nesting locations, their behavioral patterns and more. The hike will also keep an eye out for hawks, eagles and other birds of prey who have taken up residency at the NVF site. Binoculars provided, but feel free to bring your own. Wear comfortable shoes and meet at the Paper Mill Parking Lot on Benge Road. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Book your spot by calling 302-239-5687. Free

Add to Calendar 5/23/2021 10:00:00 AM 5/23/2021 11:30:00 AM America/New_York Birding Hike This hour and a half hike is perfect for beginners to experienced birders. Come catch a glimpse of the many diverse kinds of birds that call Yorklyn their home. You'll check blue bird boxes at the Auburn Valley Loop Trail and look for Purple Martins at the NVF site under the guidance of experienced birder Charles Shattuck owner of Wild Birds unlimited! Charles will help bring the birding world of Auburn Valley to life as he shows us how to provide proper nesting locations, their behavioral patterns and more. The hike will also keep an eye out for hawks, eagles and other birds of prey who have taken up residency at the NVF site. Binoculars provided, but feel free to bring your own. Wear comfortable shoes and meet at the Paper Mill Parking Lot on Benge Road. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Book your spot by calling 302-239-5687. Free Auburn Valley State Park

Bridge between Eras

Saturday, May 29, 2021

12:00 PM

Come enjoy the cool spring weather and the beautiful outdoors on this one-hour hike. Learn about the cross-continental journey of Auburn Valley’s new bridges, how they typify the industrial revolution which gives Yorklyn its flavor, and the planned arrival of new bridges in the future. Meet in the Paper Mill Parking Lot on Benge Road. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Book your spot by calling 302-239-5687. Free

Add to Calendar 5/29/2021 12:00:00 PM 5/29/2021 1:00:00 PM America/New_York Bridge between Eras Come enjoy the cool spring weather and the beautiful outdoors on this one-hour hike. Learn about the cross-continental journey of Auburn Valley’s new bridges, how they typify the industrial revolution which gives Yorklyn its flavor, and the planned arrival of new bridges in the future. Meet in the Paper Mill Parking Lot on Benge Road. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Book your spot by calling 302-239-5687. Free Auburn Valley State Park