This 933-acre park is divided by grey stone walls built of local stone in the late 1800’s. 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.
Anglers can fish for small mouth bass, bluegill, and crappie in Brandywine Creek, and for trout in Wilsons Run. (A fishing license and trout stamp are required — learn where to get them.) Canoeing and tubing are also popular ways to experience the Brandywine. Canoeing is offered through the park’s interpretive programs; please check our program pages or call (302) 655-5740 for a schedule.