View of Auburn Heights Mansion at Auburn Valley State Park

Auburn Valley State Park


Special Notice 3/12/19

The Auburn Valley Trail and parking lot will be closed to vehicles and pedestrians for approximately two months beginning Monday, March 18 to allow for construction of wetlands and bridge abutments. Trail visitors are encouraged to use Yorklyn Bridge and Oversee Farm trails during the construction period.

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: Stroll with the Superintendent at Yorklyn Bridge

Featured Program: Stroll with the Superintendent at Yorklyn Bridge

Put on your walking shoes to explore the historic Yorklyn industrial district with Park Superintendent, Laura Lee. Meet at the Yorklyn Bridge Trail at 1149 Yorklyn Road. Free Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 10 a.m.

Add to Calendar 4/24/2019 10:00:00 AM 4/24/2019 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Featured Program: Stroll with the Superintendent at Yorklyn Bridge Put on your walking shoes to explore the historic Yorklyn industrial district with Park Superintendent, Laura Lee. Meet at the Yorklyn Bridge Trail at 1149 Yorklyn Road. 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

Stroll with the Superintendent at Yorklyn Bridge

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

10 a.m.

Join Auburn Valley State Park Superintendent, Laura Lee, to explore the historic Yorklyn industrial district. Meet at the Yorklyn Bridge Trail parking lot. Free

Add to Calendar 4/24/2019 10:00:00 AM 4/24/2019 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Stroll with the Superintendent at Yorklyn Bridge Join Auburn Valley State Park Superintendent, Laura Lee, to explore the historic Yorklyn industrial district. Meet at the Yorklyn Bridge Trail parking lot. Free Auburn Valley State Park

Estate Walk

Friday, May 3, 2019

10 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

Add to Calendar 5/3/2019 10:00:00 AM 5/3/2019 10:30:00 AM America/New_York Estate Walk 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 Valley State Park

Open House Mansion Tour

Friday, May 3, 2019

1 p.m.

Tour the Auburn Heights Mansion. Enjoy the Queen Anne Victorian architecture and learn more about the story of the Marshall Family who lived there. Please note that there are stairs during the tour. Park in the event lot across from the mansion on Creek Road and meet on the front porch. $8 per adult per tour $14 per adult for both mansion and steam museum $4 per child under 13

Add to Calendar 5/3/2019 1:00:00 PM 5/3/2019 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Open House Mansion Tour Tour the Auburn Heights Mansion. Enjoy the Queen Anne Victorian architecture and learn more about the story of the Marshall Family who lived there. Please note that there are stairs during the tour. Park in the event lot across from the mansion on Creek Road and meet on the front porch. $8 per adult per tour $14 per adult for both mansion and steam museum $4 per child under 13 Auburn Valley State Park

Open House Museum Tour

Friday, May 3, 2019

2 p.m.

Tour the Marshall Steam Museum to see the largest collection of operating steam cars in the world. Park in the event lot across from the mansion on Creek Road and meet at the carriage house just past the mansion and public restrooms. $8 per adult per tour $14 per adult for both mansion and steam museum $4 per child under 13

Add to Calendar 5/3/2019 2:00:00 PM 5/3/2019 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Open House Museum Tour Tour the Marshall Steam Museum to see the largest collection of operating steam cars in the world. Park in the event lot across from the mansion on Creek Road and meet at the carriage house just past the mansion and public restrooms. $8 per adult per tour $14 per adult for both mansion and steam museum $4 per child under 13 Auburn Valley State Park

Open House Mansion Tour

Friday, May 3, 2019

3 p.m.

Tour the Auburn Heights Mansion. Enjoy the Queen Anne Victorian architecture and learn more about the story of the Marshall Family who lived there. Please note that there are stairs during the tour. Park in the event lot across from the mansion on Creek Road and meet on the front porch. $8 per adult per tour $14 per adult for both mansion and steam museum $4 per child under 13

Add to Calendar 5/3/2019 3:00:00 PM 5/3/2019 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Open House Mansion Tour Tour the Auburn Heights Mansion. Enjoy the Queen Anne Victorian architecture and learn more about the story of the Marshall Family who lived there. Please note that there are stairs during the tour. Park in the event lot across from the mansion on Creek Road and meet on the front porch. $8 per adult per tour $14 per adult for both mansion and steam museum $4 per child under 13 Auburn Valley State Park

Out and About at Oversee

Friday, May 10, 2019

1:30 p.m.

Our park interpreter will lead an hour long walk along our newest trail that features the historic Oversee Farm. Meet at 1516 Snuff Mill Road. Free

Add to Calendar 5/10/2019 1:30:00 PM 5/10/2019 2:30:00 PM America/New_York Out and About at Oversee Our park interpreter will lead an hour long walk along our newest trail that features the historic Oversee Farm. Meet at 1516 Snuff Mill Road. Free Auburn Valley State Park

Terrific Terrariums

Saturday, May 11, 2019

1 p.m.

Customize your own terrarium casing and pick from a variety of succulents to arrange to your liking. You'll also learn about the role of gardening at the historic Auburn Heights estate. Supplies provided. Limit 15. Call to register by 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 9. $15 per person

Add to Calendar 5/11/2019 1:00:00 PM 5/11/2019 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Terrific Terrariums Customize your own terrarium casing and pick from a variety of succulents to arrange to your liking. You'll also learn about the role of gardening at the historic Auburn Heights estate. Supplies provided. Limit 15. Call to register by 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 9. $15 per person Auburn Valley State Park

Stroll with the Superintendent at Oversee

Saturday, May 11, 2019

2 p.m.

Join Park Superintendent, Laura Lee, on a walk along the Oversee Farm Trail, featuring a gorgeous 19th century farmhouse and barn. Free

Add to Calendar 5/11/2019 2:00:00 PM 5/11/2019 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Stroll with the Superintendent at Oversee Join Park Superintendent, Laura Lee, on a walk along the Oversee Farm Trail, featuring a gorgeous 19th century farmhouse and barn. Free Auburn Valley State Park

Mother's Day Bird Hike

Sunday, May 12, 2019

9 a.m.

Celebrate a birdy Mother's Day with an experienced birder from the Delmarva Ornithological Society. This walk is for everyone, from beginners to experienced birders. Binoculars provided, but feel free to bring your own. Wear comfortable shoes and meet at the Auburn Valley Trail parking lot on Farm Lane off of Benge Road. Free

Add to Calendar 5/12/2019 9:00:00 AM 5/12/2019 10:00:00 AM America/New_York Mother's Day Bird Hike Celebrate a birdy Mother's Day with an experienced birder from the Delmarva Ornithological Society. This walk is for everyone, from beginners to experienced birders. Binoculars provided, but feel free to bring your own. Wear comfortable shoes and meet at the Auburn Valley Trail parking lot on Farm Lane off of Benge Road. Free Auburn Valley State Park

Hike Through History

Saturday, May 18, 2019

11 a.m.

Come to 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

Add to Calendar 5/18/2019 11:00:00 AM 5/18/2019 12:00:00 PM America/New_York Hike Through History Come to 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 State Park

Creeks and Critters

Sunday, May 19, 2019

1 p.m.

Learn about the industrial and ecological history of the Red Clay Creek. Get down and dirty while dipnetting for macroinvertebrate insects and learn what secrets they hold about the health of the creek. You will get wet, so make sure to bring appropriate clothing, shoes, and a towel to get up close and personal with creeks and critters! Meet at the Auburn Valley Trail parking lot on Farm Lane off of Benge Rd. Limited space available. Call 302-239-5687 to register by 4 p.m. on Friday, May 18. $5 per person

Add to Calendar 5/19/2019 1:00:00 PM 5/19/2019 2:30:00 PM America/New_York Creeks and Critters Learn about the industrial and ecological history of the Red Clay Creek. Get down and dirty while dipnetting for macroinvertebrate insects and learn what secrets they hold about the health of the creek. You will get wet, so make sure to bring appropriate clothing, shoes, and a towel to get up close and personal with creeks and critters! Meet at the Auburn Valley Trail parking lot on Farm Lane off of Benge Rd. Limited space available. Call 302-239-5687 to register by 4 p.m. on Friday, May 18. $5 per person Auburn Valley State Park