The Du Pont family once owned this sizeable 933-acre property and became a state park in 1963. It's long been considered one of the nation’s most beautiful parks that were purchased with Land and Water Conservative Funds. Two of Delaware’s first two nature preserves are in this park, the Freshwater Marsh, and Tulip Tree Woods. Both are on the edge of Brandywine Creek.
There are stone walls that criss-cross the park and these are the legacy of skilled Italian masons who crafted the barriers from locally sourced Brandywine granite which was also referred to as the original “Wilmington Blue Rocks.” There is plenty of dirt and grass for pooches to enjoy. The wide open spaces at Brandywine Creek State Park are ideal for large dogs that always seem to run out of room after a few strides.
They can roll around, run, and chase after one another. Not only do they get ample time and space to exercise, but they also get a chance to socialize with other pooches. Spike will get plenty of workout with excellent but not lethal climbs. There are no restrictions on dogs so they can also enjoy the superbly clean creek. However, there is no separate area for smaller dogs, so it is vital for pet parents to be vigilant of their dogs to avoid mishaps.
The Brandywine Creek State Park also boasts of 14 miles of trails for wildlife observation, photography, and wildlife. Your four-legged best friend will be thrilled with plenty of sights to see and lots of creatures to observe. The open fields are ideal for picnics with friends and family, disc golf, and kite flying. Some of the winter activities people can indulge in while at the park are cross-country skiing and sledding.
There are also numerous seasonal events such as the Halloween Haunted Trail. Annual passes are available at $35 for residents and $70 for non-residents. Dogs must always be on their leashes, except in designated off-leash areas, and must be under their owner’s voice control. There are waste composting receptacles all throughout so remember to use them. However, there is no dog scooper bag, so bring some when going to the Brandywine Creek State Park.