Brandywine Creek State Park

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Brandywine Creek State Park

Delaware

(302) 577-3534

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Things To Do

Overview

This 933-acre park is divided by grey stone walls built of local stone in the late 1800s. At that time the property was a dairy farm owned by the du Pont family. Delaware's first two nature preserves are located within Brandywine Creek State Park: Tulip Tree Woods, a majestic stand of 190-year-old tulip poplar, and Freshwater Marsh. Set up a picnic, fly a kite or play disc golf on the open fields. Hike one of the many trails that wind around the creek, or canoe it for a different experience.

The park is open daily from 8 a.m. to sunset. Normal park office hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Map of Brandywine Creek (DE)

Latitude, Longitude: 39.810421, -75.572592

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Activities

  • Boating

    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.

  • Bicycling

    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.

  • Camping

    Bring your youth group for camping at the park. Tent camping only; fees apply for both in-state and out-of-state residents.

  • Fishing

    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.

  • Golfing

    Disc golf is available.

  • Hiking

    Several trails are accessible for hiking along the creek and throughout the park. Join a game of disc golf for another fun family event.

  • Horseback Riding

    Please contact the park for information on horseback riding.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is not available in the park.

  • Picnicking

    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.

  • Water Sports

    In addition to exploring the creek by canoe, get on an innertube and ride it that way.

  • Winter Sports

    Come to the park in the winter for some fun sledding!

Directions

Driving

Brandywine Creek State Park is located at 41 Adams Dam Road, Wilmington, DE 19807.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(302) 577-3534

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