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Brandywine Springs Park

39°44'55.25"N  75°38'40.32"W

3300 Faulkland Road
Wilmington, DE 19808

Phone: (302) 571-4006
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Brandywine Springs County Park was a popular amusement park from about 1890 to 1923 in what was then the countryside outside Wilmington. Visitors can still find low-lying foundations along a crushed-stone path that winds over and around Hyde Run, a tributary to the Red Clay Creek.

Three trailheads to the former amusement park can be found along the park's southern tree line. Each leads downhill to a number of interpretive signs, footbridges and "Lake Washington," which today serves as a wetland pond. Bug spray is recommended in times of drought.

These days, this former state park contains three softball fields, a basketball court, picnic areas, a playground and pavilions.

For more information about the park's history, check out "Brandywine Springs Amusement Park: Echoes of the Past," by Mark R. Lawlor.

Two nearby heritage destinations include Greenbank Mill and the Wilmington & Western Railroad. The latter even offers picnic excursions to its Mt. Cuba Picnic Grove.

Photo by Shaun Bailey

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