Explore the most popular hiking trails in Brandywine Creek State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Nice quick hike. Enjoyed the path. Saw some spectacular bird’s nests! Nice and shady for a hot day.

3 months ago

Rolling hills, wildflowers and birds, woods and fields. I was charmed by this hike. We ended up going off the trail that the map here shows, but ended up completing a 5.8 mile loop, using the app. We had to Ford a stream. It was muddy and a little buggy. Still, gorgeous and a pastoral delight. I will definitely be back. Note: there are a lot of small offshoot trail. It was confusing, even with the map downloaded. Luckily, there is pretty good cell reception on this trail, so we were able to record our movements and figure out where we were.

4 months ago

Hilly, very bucolic. You spend about equal time in the middle of a forest and in bucolic scenery with pastured horses, corn fields and small farm houses. Fairly heavily traveled, we saw one group of horseback riders, several (3-4) individual mountain bikers, a couple trail runners and a few other hikers- though it is a beautiful Saturday. While not well marked, it is pretty easy to figure out where to go. I parked at 289 Ramsey Rd, Wilmington, DE 19803 ("Woodlawn Parking Lot"), and crossed the road to make it a longer hike. Hilly but not challenging, but a lot of sun due to infrequent forest coverage. Don't think I will do it again, but am not displeased with the experience.

It was a beautiful day and the trails are well-kept. My dog and I loved it!

4 months ago

This trail is very hilly but beautiful. I recommend bringing water because it is challenging. It is a nice workout and over all a nice trail.

Lots of great trails and beautiful scenery

5 months ago

Nice trail....but we went across the street instead of turning around and made it into a 5.5 mile hike. Highly suggest keep going rather then turning around and going back to the start

6 months ago

It's an average run of the mill trail.

Nothing to see and no particular memorable sights along the way.

If you're looking for a casual walk this is a decent enough place.

I really liked this trail. Good distance if you don’t have all day. Nice hill workout. Nice views through beautiful horse country. Easy to follow.

7 months ago

This trail is short and hilly but it is a good workout. I would rate this a easy walk and it is very easy to access.

It is not a long hike but it is quite hilly. Part of the walk you spend by the Brandywine Creek and the rest is going up and down hills. There are nice views and I find it the most beautiful during the fall when the trees are changing colors.

Very nice path along the Brandywine creek. It is mostly flat because you are along the riverbank the whole time.

7 months ago

Nice trail for a afternoon hike but nothing amazing. The trail is about 5 Miles long and is good for all ages but bring plenty of water.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Not a very exciting hike. Muddy trails, not always marked well. The best part was the water rapids. I would say it's a family friendly place, with picnic tables and a nice nature center.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

We liked it we got off course as usual but it was easy to get back on. Very nice to walk along the river. Not a lot of people and some mud. Some parts are very rocky but it's a nice relaxing walk.

Monday, May 08, 2017

This is a nice trail. We went on a Sunday afternoon and there was hardly anyone here. beautiful look at the nearby creek and the stone walls are all around. A few Meadows along the way too. Lots of rocks as well.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Loved it. Very relaxing walk. Saw a few people but not terribly crowded.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Beautiful drive getting there. Nice hike. good biking.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

I enjoyed this trail (this time with my dog). There are plenty of steep hills and some nice views. I only came across a few people while on the trail for a couple hours, though there were several cars parked in the gravel (free) lot I parked at. There was also a moderate amount of wildlife.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

nice hike

Monday, January 02, 2017

I rated this 3 stars as it is relative to other places I've hiked. that being said, this is a nice reasonably flat section of trail. I've done quite a bit in brandywine and you can continue all the way up into pa or go all the way down past the parking area into a group of other trails. this here is the easiest section. we like to use brandywine as a place to acclimate our bodies with weighted packs for more difficult trips.

Sunday, December 06, 2015

Great creek side walk. Great scenery, nice flat trail. would liked to have taken the mountain trail to the right, but, late night last night. looking forward to hiking the rest before the leaves disappear:)

Saturday, November 21, 2015

possibilities are endless here. the scenery is a great reason to hike here is you are short on time. you can get a decent effort in under 2 hours.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

I hiked my own path and had an amazing time next to the water and up in the hills where there are creek beds and some elevation changes. The actual stone gravel trail is no fun. There is a trail by the creek and one called 'Rocky Run' which is up in the hill. Definitely going back and searching other side trails!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Parking and access to the trail is available in Brandywine Creek State Park (fee).There are bathrooms at the Nature Center. The trail begins behind the Nature Center. The trail descends gradually on rocky terrain before leveling off on a grassy surface as it reaches the Brandywine River. The trail follows the river before turning left and ascending moderately over rocky terrain. The trail levels off at the top of the hill and follows a gradual grade through forests and fields back to an open field north of the Nature Center.

The Indian Springs Trail also connects with the Hidden Pond Trail. The pond was dry today. Both trails are well marked and well maintained, and are in mostly wooded areas. There is also 3.1 mile cross country trail which is more exposed to the sun.

Friday, August 14, 2015

My rating is based almost entirely on the many optional side trails you can take from this main trail, which itself is basically a straight line, following Brandywine Creek from Montchanin Mills to Ramsey Farm and back again. Honestly I would rate this particular trail as easy rather than moderate as it is basically flat after the first 1/4 mile or so. Don't be afraid to head up the hill on either side of Rocky Run, where you will enter Woodlawn Wildlife Preserve and First State National Monument areas. Here the more moderate hiking options will present themselves. You encounter a much more varied topography, including several elevation changes, passing horse farms, woodlands, open meadows, and broad vistas here and there, including some dramatic views across the Brandywine Valley; basically some of the most beautiful areas in Northern Delaware and extreme southeastern Pennsylvania. Many trails are open to horses and bikes, while others are only suitable to hiking. You can walk for a couple of miles, or keep taking side trails and go for 10 miles or more, it's all up to you.

Monday, August 10, 2015

The Creek Road Tail (or the Brandywine Trail) is an improved trail (mostly crushed stone) that runs parallel to the Brandywine Creek (east side) in Brandywine Creek State Park. The trail is about 2.6 mile from the parking area (fee) off of Rockland Road to Ramsey Road. There are several other marked trails (like the Rocky Run Trail) that connect to this trail. The Brandywine Trail is mostly flat and easy. There are bathrooms (no running water) at the Thompson's Bridge parking area.

The Rocky Run Trail loops (about 2 miles) up and around the Rocky Run. I'd call this trail moderate; it's unimproved and has some areas of roots and loose rocks on the trail. There is also a shorter version of the loop called the Rocky Run Cutoff. And there is also a connector (about 1 mile long) between the Brandywine Trail and the Rocky Run Trail. The top of the Rocky Run Trail is accessible from Garden of Eden Road (no fee).

Friday, August 07, 2015

There are two trails here, hidden pond and indian springs. Both are quick (about 2 miles each), beautiful, and well maintained.

Friday, July 24, 2015

A nice stop to stretch our legs on a long drive. Bathrooms available. There is a fee for entry (4 Delaware, $8 out of state), but we found it well maintained and a nice spot for a picnic lunch. Took our dog for a swim in the creek- good for a quick walk & fresh air!

mountain biking
Monday, August 27, 2012

only reason i Didnt give it a five star was because of the poor maintenance of the trails. few trees down on the fire trails, the big wide ones everyone keeps talking about that are "boring." if u want a nice chalenge take the few off trails. for your conveinence i would park by the Jewish community center off of garden of Eden street off of concord pike. start there and its all down hill till you get to the fire trails. there are some more than moderate areas. no reason you shouldnt have a good time long as you take plenty of side trails.

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