Northern Delaware Greenway Trail – Brandywine Creek

The Brandywine Trail is a regional transportation and recreational asset. Brandywine Creek State Park plays an important role in connecting recreational, historic, and natural resources, while providing the community with a safe place to be active. Trail users can catch glimpses of the Brandywine River, view unique geologic features, experience Piedmont wooded landscapes, spring wildflowers, and wildlife.

photo: Runners along the Northern Delaware Greenway Trail

Length: 2.50 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Equestrian Trail, Mountain Bike Trail, Nature Trail
Agency: State
Entry Fee? No
     Delaware State Park entrance fees in effect from March 1 - November 30.

Parking Fee? $6.00

Allowed Uses:

Bicycling (off pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Equestrian - Riding
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation

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Location: Running north-south on the eastern side of the Brandywine Creek in Brandywine Creek State Park, Delaware.
State(s): Delaware
Counties: New Castle
Longitude: -75.58147
Latitude: 39.80019

Driving Directions

Trail access from the north is from the Thompsons Bridge Road parking lot (75°43'09"W 39°49'01"N). Trail access from the south is from the Rockland Road parking lot (75°34'27"W 39°37'49"N).


The purpose of the Brandywine Trail is to help protect water quality, safeguard historic and cultural resources, improve air quality, maintain plant and animal biodiversity, sustain and enhance Delaware's scenic beauty, and provide space for recreation and active transportation. The trail serves many people in the greater Wilmington area, giving residents in nearby neighborhoods easy access to park land.

Trail stewards serve an important role in maintaining the Brandywine Trail. The trail stewards are the eyes-and-ears for the trail managers. They assist trail users with directions and advice, promote use of the trail, report trail conditions, and assess visitor needs and safety concerns. All trail stewards are volunteers and they choose their own time to perform their service. In return they receive an identification badge, gear, and free entrance into all Delaware State Parks.

This trail is wide on a gentle grade with a crushed stone surface. Trail users can catch glimpses of the Brandywine River, view unique geologic features, experience Piedmont wooded landscapes, spring wildflowers, and wildlife. The trail passes under Thompsons Bridge Road and continues north eventually onto lands owned by the First State National Monument. Aside from hiking, trail users can experience picnicking, fishing and canoeing along the Brandywine Creek.

Additional Details

Width: 120 inches.
Primary Surface: Crushed Rock
Secondary Surface: Asphalt

Average Grade: 5%
Maximum Grade: 15%
Elevation Low Point: 3
Elevation High Point: 290
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Public Contact:
James Wagner
Park Administrator
Delaware State Parks
1021 West 18th Street
Wilmington, DE 19880
(302) 577-7020
[email protected]

Trail Management:
Avery Dunn
Delaware State Parks
, DE
(302) 739-9207
[email protected]



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