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Historic stone walls built by Italians who were once employed by the prominent du Pont family grace the landscape.

Step back into history and view elegant stone walls constructed by Italian craftsmen once employed by the du Pont family during the early 1800s. This land, including several other state parks, was once farmland belonging to Delaware's most prominent family. Features of the hike include a 200-year-old stand of tulip poplars dominating 24 acres of parkland. Another lovely natural feature is Brandywine Creek, known to have supported man for thousands of years. The two-mile hike affords opportunity to explore this enchanted parcel. Beginning from behind the nature center, you'll discover Tulip Tree Woods with its views of open understory and a historic stonewalls. From here, the white-blazed trail winds through the woods and descends into a younger woodland where the yellow-blazed Indian Springs Trail intersections. Bear left passing Old Field Trail on the right ascending into thick woods, passing a footbridge, then descending to Brandywine Creek. Songbirds greet the hiker enticing one to stop and enjoy the fresh moisture laden air and rustling sycamore leaves. Be sure to notice the creek life. At 0.7 mile, the path bears left to a valley floor with rock outcrops on the left and the creek on the right. Shortly the trail reaches Hidden Pond at 1 mile offering a short trail around the perimeter of the pond to eventually rejoin the white-blazed trail. As the trail continues it travels into woodland then breaks to open meadow alive with butterflies, bumble bees and birds. Continuing on the white blazes, you reenter Tulip Tree Woods reaching the tip of the park, at which point the trail makes a switchback at the stone wall carrying you back to the trailhead.

Directions: From Wilmington, DE, Travel State Route 100 about 2 miles north of town. Turn right onto Adams Dam Road. Go a short distance to the park entrance on the left. After the contact station, turn left to reach the nature center and trailhead.

Elevation Gain: Minimal

Difficulty: Easy

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Brandywine Creek State Park, Delaware

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