This is a beautiful hike through the Tulip Poplar Woods Nature Preserve that leads to the Brandywine River.

The Indian Springs trailhead is located to the right of the Brandywine Creek State Park Nature Center. The address for your GPS is 41 Adams Dam Road, Wilmington, DE, 19807.

The trail starts out following along a crafted stone wall built in the 1800's and leads you through the 190 year-old tulip poplar forest. This park is a great place to see wildflowers, songbirds, water fowl, deer and of course, the beautiful tulip poplar trees. The trail descends gradually to the Brandywine River and is somewhat rocky at times. Once you reach the bottom, the trail levels out to a packed earth surface that runs right along the river. It can definitely get muddy by the river. You'll eventually reach a point where you can turn left and continue on the Indian Springs Trail or stay straight along the river on the Hidden Pond Trail. The Indian Springs Trail ascends steeply over rocky terrain to the top of the hill where it eventually levels off to a gradual grade through the woods back up to the Nature Center. If you'd like to avoid the rocky terrain you can continue on the Hidden Pond Trail for a more gradual hike uphill back to the Nature Center.

Pack List

  • A park entrance fee is charged daily from March 1st to November 30th. Delaware inland park fees are $4 for Delaware tags or $8 for out of state. The Delaware State Park annual pass is also accepted here. Check out for more information.
  • This park and the Indian Springs Trail are dog friendly! Dogs must be on a leash and pick up after your dog. Bring water, the Brandywine River is pretty muddy so you probably won't what your dog drinking river water.
  • We hiked this trail in February and did not need bug spray, but I would highly recommend it for warmer months
  • Hiking shoes for rocky/muddy terrain
  • Water, snacks, etc. There are a few places you can stop by the river and enjoy a snack and the scenery
  • Camera
  • This trail is mostly shaded by trees, but sunscreen is always a good idea.
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RT Distance 1.8 Miles
Activities Chillin, Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Year Round
Trail Type Loop
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Picnic Area


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Love this trail!

There are very few trails to hike near the West Chester area, but this is definitely one of the best in the area. There is plenty of parking and many picnic tables. I love running this trail especially during the cooler fall months.

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