The Superintendent's Compendium is the summary of park specific rules implemented under Title 36 CFR. It serves as a public notice, identifies areas closed for public use, provides a list of activities requiring either a special use permit or reservation, and elaborates on public use and resource protection regulations pertaining specifically to the administration of the park's Brandywine Valley Unit and the New Castle Sheriff's House locations.
Aircraft & Drones
Operating or using aircrafts on any land or water within the boundary of the park is prohibited.
The consumption of alcoholic beverages, and/or the possession of a bottle, can, or other receptacle containing an alcoholic beverage that is open, has been opened, whose seal has been broken or the contents of which have been partially removed is strictly prohibited with in the boundaries of the park.
ATV's/MotorbikesThe use of any off-highway vehicle (OHV), all-terrain vehicles (ATV), utility vehicles, or other motorized conveyance manufactures for recreational non-highway, off-road, or all-terrain travel regardless of registration status is prohibited off-road within the park boundaries.
Bicycles & e-Bikes
Park roads. The use of a bicycle (non-motorized and e-bikes) is permitted on park roads and in parking areas that are otherwise open for motor vehicle use by the general public.
Riding a bicycle and/or e-bike abreast of another rider is allowed on the following routes:
As a former or current motor vehicle routes, these trails are the only trails within the park that are wide enough to safely ride abreast.
Carry In, Carry OutThere are no trash cans located within the boundaries of the park. We follow a "carry in, carry out" policy. This means that you are responsible to take any trash/litter you bring in, or create while in the park with you when you leave. Failing to take your trash with you is prohibited and may result in a fine.
FiresThe lighting or maintaining of fires is prohibited within the park boundaries, except in contained grills, portable stoves, and portable barbecues at the Smith Bridge Picnic Area.
FishingFishing is permitted in accordance with Delaware State Law. Fishing is prohibited in the park within 100ft of any swimmer.
Hiking and Pedestrian UseHiking and pedestrian use is restricted to the trails and walkways designated and identified on the Beaver Valley Trail Map. Leaving the trail or walkway to shortcut between portions of the same trail or walkway is prohibited. Public use or entry into any enclosed horse pasture, or crossing agricultural fields is prohibited.
Horseback RidingHorseback riding is permitted on the designated trails and grass strips along the side of the road frontage throughout the boundaries of the park. However, there is no parking available for horse trailers within the park.
HuntingHunting and trapping is prohibited within park boundaries.
ParkingParking is only available at a first come, first serve basis in the designated lots. Parking anywhere outside of the designated lots, or designated parking spaces is prohibited.
The northern end of Smith Bridge Parking lot is designated for unloading and loading watercrafts. Parking in this designated area longer then 15 minuets is prohibited, and may result being towed at the owners expense or fined.
PetsPets must be leashed (six feet or less) or otherwise physically restrained at all times. Leaving your pet unattended or tied to an object is prohibited. You are responsible to pick up after your pet, failing to do so is prohibited and may result in a fine.
PicnickingPicnicking is permitted at the Smith Bridge Picnic Area and available on a first come, first served basis. Picnicking is prohibited on any land leased to a 3rd party, unless expressively identified as a picnic area. Gas generators are prohibited within park boundaries. There are no trash cans available at the picnic area or anywhere else within park boundaries. Visitors are required to follow a carry in, carry out policy meaning you are responsible to take any litter or trash with you when you leave, failure to do so is prohibited and may result in a fine.
Resource ProtectionWalking on, climbing, entering, ascending, descending, or traversing an archeological, cultural resource, monument, or statue is prohibited. All trail users are prohibited from going off the designated trial path.
The collecting of natural materials such as, edible species of fruits, nuts, mushrooms and berries by hand for daily consumption which does not exceed one pint, per person, per day is permitted. The collection of all other natural materials including but not limited to: fire wood, mica, and other minerals is strictly prohibited within the park boundaries.
Things That Require a PermitPermits are required for activities such as scientific research and collecting, commercial photography/filming, commercial tours and activities, etc. Please see the Superintendent's Compendium for a complete list of activities and events that require a permit.
Last updated: April 6, 2021