Brandywine Valley

This site of First State National Historical Park remains open to the public during COVID-19. However, as services are limited, the National Park Service urges visitors to:

  • Park only in designated areas.

  • Pack out everything you bring in.

  • Maintain 6 ft (2 m) social distance from others.

  • Stay on marked trails.

  • Be prepared for limited, or no access, to restrooms and other facilities.

More than 1,300 acres of rolling agricultural fields, pastures, forested hills, and streams preserve the natural and cultural legacy of the larger Brandywine Valley in northern Delaware and southern Pennsylvania. This land serves as a reminder of William Poole Bancrofts vision to protect a green space all people to enjoy.

Currently, we do not offer any regular programs at this site. Instead, we encourage you to explore more than 23-miles of recreational trails that the Brandywine Valley unit has to offer. If you are interested in obtaining the passport stamp it is available at the Nature Center in the Brandywine Creek State Park.


Compare the different seasons by sliding the bar

A person in a kayak travels down the Brandywine Creek on a mid fall day. A person in a kayak travels down the Brandywine Creek on a mid fall day.

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A person in a kayak travels down the Brandywine Creek on a mid fall day.

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Looking down the Brandywine Creek after a snow fall while the sunsets on the water.


Rules and Regulations

  • Pets must be leashed (six feet or less) or other wise physically restrained at all times. 
  • This is a carry-in carry-out park, meaning that no trash should be left behind when you leave. 
  • Alcohol and other controlled substances are prohibited. 

Location and Map

This area is located at: 39.833690 - 75.574920
For a printable trail map of Brandywine Valley, click here.


Hours of Operations


Contact Information

For additional questions regarding Brandywine Valley please contact us at:
Phone: (302) 478-2769
E-mail: e-mail us

Last updated: September 23, 2021

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

New Castle Court House Museum
Attn: First State NHP
211 Delaware Street

New Castle, DE 19720


If you need to speak to a park ranger call our ranger station at (302-478-2769) and someone will return your call as soon as possible. For a more immediate response, please email the park at

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