Brandywine Creek State Park

Greenville, Delaware 19807

Brandywine Creek State Park

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"Enjoy the legacies of two of Delaware’s more prominent families, the du Ponts and the Bancrofts; hike through the steep, forested blue-rock valley of the Brandywine Creek."

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Mountain Biking the Greater Philadelphia Area (Falcon Guides)
Bob D'Antonio
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"The lovely Brandywine Creek weaves its way through Chester County, Pennsylvania, and Delaware to join the Delaware River. Along the way the creek has created a valley of stunning natural beauty. Rolling hillsides, charming fieldstone houses, back-country roads, and rural open lands, all contribute to the charm of this lovely area. Over the years, the river has seen more than 100 mills on its banks, producing everything from flour, paper, black powder, snuff, and textiles. Today, the Brandywine River Valley is a major tourist area, attracting visitors from all across the United States to its beautiful rural landscape and its rich history. The off-road tails within Brandywine State Park offer some of the best singletrack riding and it's just a short drive from Philadelphia and Wilmington. There are many spur trails that connect with the main blaze trails, including the Brandywine Bike Trail that follows along Brandywine Creek, so feel free to explore these trails to add more riding time. Terrain: Singletrack, doubletrack, dirt, and paved roads. Mostly tight single track, with some short rocky sections and wide doubletrack trails. Pass rolling hills and farmland. This is a 795-acre park with over 14 miles of trails. Connects with Woodlawn Land Trust."
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Philadelphia - 2nd Edition (Menasha Ridge Press)
Lori Litchman
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"Brandywine Creek State Park was once a dairy farm owned by the famed du Pont family. The stone walls throughout the hike are made of local stone and are reminiscent of simpler times. The area became a state park in 1965 and was one of the first of its kind in the nation. Today, this park is nearly 1,000 acres and provides 14 miles of trails, as well as numerous recreational activities, including hiking, biking, fishing, and boating. Be sure to check the rules about paying a fee to use the park. Envelopes and drop boxes are located in the parking areas."
Best Hikes Near Philadelphia (Falcon Guides)
John L. and Debra Young
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"There are a number of interesting and fascinating features on this easy hike, but the most striking feature is the gray-stone walls that run alongside and throughout the park. The walls were constructed by Italian masons for the du Pont family back in the 1800s, when the land that is now the park was their dairy farm. Add to this, rolling hills, beautifully maintained trails through woodlands, the Tulip Tree Woods Nature Preserve, and of course, the centerpiece of the park, Brandywine Creek, and you are all set for a very pleasant hike. Be sure to bring your camera, your children, and a picnic lunch."
"Alternating long views and close contact with Brandywine Creek along Creek Road Trail, which here aligns with the Northern Delaware Greenway, the hike includes an interlude above the scenic Rocky Run gorge. A 1.5-mile option creates a circuit through and above the gorge. Special considerations: Pets are permitted but must be kept on a leash."

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Walked this trail today with two of my dogs. Very nice atmosphere; hard to believe civilization is so nearby. Lots of other hikers, bikers, dog walkers. Nice day; on the warm side actually. Unfortunately most of the leaves were gone but they were fun to walk in and the views of the Brandywine were unobstructed. I especially liked the fact that there are restrooms at both ends of the trail. We will definitely be returning and doing a bit more exploring.
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Nice day hike, the ice on top of the water made for a lot of great pictures
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Excellent day hike! For a short drive from big cities, it is very picturesque. Trails are well defined with just enough terrain and length to make for a decent hike.
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The paved trails are good for hikers of all levels. also good with children. There is disc golf there as well.
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Brandywine Creek and Woodlawn Trust lands merge. There is MUCH more biking in Woodlawn Trust for mountain biking. Be careful in Brandywine Creek... rangers WILL ticket you if you are on a trail you should not be on.

Nice mix of deep woods, open fields, rocky trails, hills, and creeks. You can get lost. Maps are hard to come by. What is really stinky about this park is they are starting to MULCH more and more of the trails. It is like riding with two flat tires. Exhausting and no fun.

You have to pay to park at Brandywine Creek parking lots. There are some trail access spots along the road you can park in, but get back to your car before sundown... they will lock your car in behind the gate!

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
3.5 hours
Boating, Fishing
Additional Use
Brandywine Creek Nature Center
Local Contacts
USGS: Wilmington North
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