Serving Visitors to the Historic Brandywine Valley, where Southeastern Chester County, PA meets Northern New Castle County, DE.
Brandywine Valley Outdoor Activities
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Outdoor Activities
Explore the natural beauty of the Brandywine Valley by spending some time outdoors! Enjoy the Brandywine Valley in the form in which our favorite local artists have captured it. Take a hike through one of our state parks, paddle down the Brandywine River in a canoe, or take a scenic drive through the countryside stopping to visit our spectacular covered bridges.
Brandywine Creek State Park
Brandywine Creek State Park is located three miles north of Wilmington, DE at the intersection of Delaware Routes 100 and 92. The entrance is on Adams Dam Road. The park maintains 14 miles of trails for fitness, wildlife observation, and photography; the Creek Run Trail is open for bicycle use. The open fields are excellent for picnics, kite flying, and disc golf; and in the winter, for sledding and cross-country skiing. Trout fishing is available in the Brandywine Creek. Popular seasonal events such as the Halloween Haunted Trail and the Halloween Hootenanny are held for visitors' enjoyment.

Chester Valley Trail
The Chester Valley Trail is a multi-use, rail-to-trail facility that roughly follows U.S. Routes 30 and 202 through central Chester County from West Whiteland Township east into Montgomery County. The location is home to one of the largest concentrations of employment and population in the Philadelphia region outside of Center City, and the trail provides a key connection of “The Circuit”, the planned 750-mile trail network throughout Greater Philadelphia.

ChesLen Preserve
ChesLen Preserve is the largest (1,282 acres) privately owned nature preserve open to the public in Chester County. Miles of marked hiking trails lead visitors through shady woodlands, flower-filled meadows, fields of corn and soybeans, and stream valleys. Visitors can also explore Ollie Owl’s NaturePlayGround, where young explorers can climb logs, build stick tee-pees, hunt for bugs, explore small streams, and get a little dirty, tired, and inspired. Free play is encouraged and is a great way for kids to gain an appreciation for nature..

Covered Bridges
Chester County covered bridges number fourteen and there are three in Northern New Castle County, DE. Smiths Bridge, only three miles from Winterthur, is a treasure not to be missed. The bridge, completely restored and reopened in December, 2002, crosses the Brandywine just below Granogue, the home of Irenee du Pont (the largest private estate in Delaware). Mercer's Mill Bridge is located just south of Atglen and is a convenient stop enroute to Amish Country. This bridge, located just west of PA 41 on Creek Road (Bailey's Crossroads Road), is considered one of the most picturesque in Chester County.

Marsh Creek State Park
Marsh Creek Lake is especially popular with sailboaters and windsurfers who take advantage of the combination of good natural terrain and prevailing wind to enjoy their sport. Nature lovers will enjoy a pleasant walk on hiking trails or the Larkins covered Bridge located in the northeast section of the park. The park is located in North Eastern Chester County, PA near Eagle off of Route 100.

White Clay Creek Preserve
The White Clay Creek Preserve is located in Landenberg, PA and Newark, DE and is part of a larger tract of land sold to William Penn in 1683 by Lenni Lenape Chief Kekelappen. In 1984, the du Pont Company donated land to Pennsylvania and Delaware for the purpose of preserving the unique plant and animal species, and the rich cultural heritage of the area. There are several points of historical interest in the Preserve. Visitors to the preserve are welcome to use the hiking, biking and horseback-riding trails. Trout fishing is also available.

Ridley Creek State Park
Shaded equestrian, hiking and bicycling trails lace the woodlands and old meadows, providing perfect places for relaxing. Within the park is the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation that depicts a Delaware County Quaker farm prior to the American Revolution. The park is located in Delaware County, PA off of PA Route 3.