DESCRIPTION: (Wear appropriate clothing & bring water! Below are some special instructions: what to bring, relative difficulties, interesting features, & carpooling directions.)
Leader: Margaret Moore (C: 914/960-1469; E: ).
Meet for a 9:00 a.m. start from Peter’s Rock, aka Smithbridge parking area, along the lovely Brandywine River. We will hike north along the Brandywine Trail, then after lunch return via Mason Dixon Trail to swing by the peony farm, which should be looking Monetesque. Roughly 11 miles including stream crossings. Bring lunch, snacks, water. No parking fee.
WHERE: First State National Historical Park – Beaver Valley
NEAREST ADDRESS: 199 Brandywine Creek Rd Wilmington, DE
First State National Historical Park – Beaver Valley 199 Brandywine Creek Rd Wilmington, DE
From the intersection of US-202 (Concord Pike) & DE-92 (Beaver Valley Rd) proceed west on Beaver Valley for 1.4 mi. At stop sign go straight onto Beaver Dam Rd & proceed 0.7 mi. Turn left onto Brandywine Creek Rd & proceed 0.1 mi. The parking lot will be on the right.
Also known as “Peter’s Rock” or “Smith Bridge Picnic Area”. Formerly part of Woodlawn Trustee Estate.
Partial Closure of Smith Bridge Parking Lot.
Beginning November 29, 2021, First State National Historical Park will be restricting access to the Smith Bridge Parking Lot by closing the right side of the lot to allow for the landscape to recover and for maintenance.
This partial closer will remain in effect until March 1st, 2022.