Brandywine Creek State Park located in Wilmington, Delaware is 933 acres of woodland and wetland habitat preserved and used for recreation. The park opened in 1965 and was one of the first parks in the United States to be purchased with land and water conservation funds. It was formally a diary farm owned by the famous DuPont family. In some parts of the park gray stone walls built in the 1800’s meander through the park, remnants of its farming past. Winter, spring, summer and fall there is something for everyone in every season at Brandywine Creek State Park.
Brandywine Creek State Park is a Mecca for nature lovers. There are two nature preserves within the park. Tulip Tree Woods is a wooded area of land filled with 190 year old tulip poplars. The tulip poplars tower over visitors who are treated to a glorious display of large white blooms during springtime. Freshwater Marsh is the second preserve. It is part of a meadow management program that is home to many different types of Mid Atlantic wildflowers, songbirds and whitetail deer. Visitors can catch a glimpse of migrating hawks from mid-September through early November. Freshwater Marsh also houses a large, active bluebird population. The eastern bluebird is a species of special concern as their numbers have been dwindling in recent years. Nature photographers and nature lovers are always found in large numbers in these areas wildlife viewing and gunkholing.
Anglers may fish in many parts of the park although a Delaware state fishing license is required. A license may be purchased at the park office. Trout stamps are also available. Anglers may trout fish at Wilson’s Run. Other fish found in the park’s waterways include small mouth bass, bluegill, crappies and sunfish. Visitors may enjoy tubing and canoeing in parts of the park as well.
Brandywine Creek State Park is a great place for families to picnic and play a variety of sports including disc golf. On breezy summer days kites fly high above the trees inside the park. There is a Halloween haunted trail for children during the month of October and in the winter months visitors use the park for cross country skiing and sledding. For the fitness minded there are 14 miles of fitness trails inside the park.
The Brandywine Creek Nature Center offers interpretative nature programs for schoolchildren and other organizations and is funded in part by donations from sponsors. The nature center is a modern center complete with a gift shop that sells shirts, books and other gifts.
Brandywine Creek State Park has comfort amenities such as drinking water, picnic pavilions and restrooms available throughout the park. The park is located at 41 Adams Dam Road in Wilmington, Delaware 19807. The park’s telephone is 1-302-577-3534. The park is open daily from 8am to sunset.