What to do in Brandywine Creek State Park

This 1000-acre park is divided by gray stonewalls built of local stone by Italian masons in the late 1800s. At that time, the property was a dairy farm owned by the du Pont family. This unique area became a state park in 1965, one of the first parks in the nation to be purchased with Land and Water Conservation Funds.

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. An extensive meadow management program, active bluebird population program, and variety of habitats make Brandywine Creek State Park an outstanding place to see wildflowers, songbirds, deer, and other flora and fauna. Many species of hawks can be seen migrating over the valley from mid-September to mid-November.

The park maintains 14 miles of hiking trails for fitness, wildlife observation, and photography. The open fields are excellent for picnics, kite flying, and disc golf; and in the winter, for sledding and cross-country skiing. Popular seasonal events such as the Halloween Campfire, a Civil War Re-enactment, and Perseid Meteor Shower are held for your enjoyment.

Anglers can fish for small mouth bass, bluegill, and crappie in Brandywine Creek and for trout in Wilsons Run. (Fishing license and trout stamps are required, and can be purchased at the park office.) Canoeing and tubing are popular ways to experience the Brandywine, too. Canoeing is offered through the park's interpretive programs for just $12 a person; call 302-655-5740 for a schedule. The modern Brandywine Creek Nature Center offers interpretive nature programs for visitors, school groups, and organizations. Inside, a gift shop features bird feeders, environmental books, field guides, shirts, Frisbees, and other items.

Recreation
Brandywine Creek State Park offers the park visitor an opportunity to camp, fish, picnic, canoe, tube, play disc golf or participate in one or more of the park's many nature programs.

Location
Brandywine Creek State Park is located three miles north of Wilmington at the intersection of State Routes 100 and 92. The park entrance is on Adams Dam Road.

Climate
The Chesapeake and Delaware Bays moderate Delaware's climate. The state experiences four distinct seasons. Winter can be bitterly cold. Highs during this season average near freezing with low temperatures near 0 degrees F. Spring comes to this region in mid to late March. This is a pleasant time to visit with moderate temperatures and low humidity. Summer brings temperatures ranging from 80 to 90 degrees F. Humidity is highest inland with ocean breezes cooling the shoreline. Fall brings cooler temperatures and low humidity. The forested regions of the state often have brilliant foliage displays.

Address
P.O. Box 3782
Wilmington, DE 19807

Phone: 302-577-3534

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