Known for its meadowland views and blue gneiss stone walls built in the late 1800s and early 1900s, Brandywine Creek State Park sits within northern Delaware’s piedmont region with more than 14 miles of trail and a remnant old-growth forest. Brandywine Creek State Park oversees four Nature Preserves including Flint Woods, the Carney Tract, Tulip Tree Woods and FreshWater Marsh.
Chipmunks can often be seen around the park’s stone walls, which were used to mark property lines when the land supported a rich agricultural industry. Another popular industry that once took place on the park lands was milling along the park’s namesake creek. The rolling meadows provide habitat to native pollinators, ground nesting birds and rare native plants, some of which can be seen by taking a stroll through the pollinator garden.
American Kestrels, Blue Birds and Eastern Meadowlark are common sights for birders. Wilson’s Run is stocked annually for anglers and the sweeping meadows are perfect for disc golf.
Brandywine Creek Delaware
41 Adams Dam Rd. Wilmington, DE 19801
The following activities within the park should be done with utmost caution. Make sure that you have the proper protective gear and equipment necessary to make your adventures safe and accident-free. We advise you to read the TIPS underneath each activity to serve as a guide on what you may need to bring in order to enjoy your stay fully.
Bring your youth group for camping at the park. Tent camping only; fees apply for both in-state and out-of-state residents.
Flatwater canoeing or kayaking is available in the park. Launch: East Branch at Route 842; Pull Out: Brandywine State Park. Distance: 12.7 miles. Watch For: three small dams along this route. If you travel below the state park, you will encounter eleven dams.
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.
Mountain biking trails are only accessible from Thompson’s Bridge area. Off road biking is not permitted in the main part of the park. One paved Northern Delaware Greenway path runs through the park. Mountain bikes are also permitted on trails owned by Woodlawn Trustees that surround Brandywine Creek State Park.
Anglers can fish for small mouth bass, bluegill, and crappie in Brandywine Creek. A fishing license is now required when fishing in tidal waters. More information about the new fishing license requirement is available online, where you may also purchase a fishing license.
Disc golf is available.
Several trails are accessible for hiking along the creek and throughout the park. Join a game of disc golf for another fun family event.
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
Please contact the park for information on horseback riding.
Hunting is not available in the park.
One large pavilion with a capacity of 80 to 100 is available. Game bags may be rented along with the pavilion. Picnic tables with small grills are located near Hawk Watch Hill, the Amphitheater, and the Thompson’s Bridge parking lot. Special use passes are available for park entrance during special events. Alcohol is not permitted.
In addition to exploring the creek by canoe, get on an innertube and ride it that way.
Come to the park in the winter for some fun sledding.
Hikers can observe many plants and animals found in the rare Lake Wales Ridge habitat.
Leave No Trace
Delaware State Parks are proud community partners of LEAVE NO TRACE CENTER FOR OUTDOOR ETHICS. Everyone is advised to comply with the following:
PLAN AHEAD AND PREPARE
TRAVEL AND CAMP ON DURABLE SURFACES
DISPOSE OF WASTE PROPERLY
LEAVE WHAT YOU FIND
MINIMIZE CAMPFIRE IMPACTS
BE CONSIDERATE OF OTHER VISITOR
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