Brandywine Valley Outdoor Activities

From golf courses to parks, covered bridges, and more, the Brandywine Valley has so much to offer year round.  Click on the title for a link to the attraction’s web site for more information.
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Covered Bridges
There are 14 covered bridges in Chester County, PA and three in Northern New Castle County, DE. Smiths Bridge, on the way from Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast to 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 Irene du Pont (the largest private estate in Delaware). Your host can give you more information on locations of the bridges.

Brandywine Creek State Park
Located three miles north of Wilmington, DE at the intersection of Delaware Routes 100 and 92. The entrance is on Adams Dam Road. 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.
Marsh Creek State 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. Visitors to the preserve are welcome to use the hiking, biking and horseback-riding trails. Trout fishing is also available.Ridley Creek State Park
Only 10 minutes from Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast, you’ll find equestrian, hiking and bicycling trails. Within the park is the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation that depicts a Delaware County Quaker farm prior to the American Revolution.Fishing: Ridley Creek is stocked with trout and provides excellent angling. The portion of the creek from Sycamore Mills Dam to the mouth of Dismal Run is a catch and release, fly fishing only area. A wheelchair-accessible fishing platform is on the paved, Multi-use Trail along Sycamore Mills Road. Vehicle permits must be acquired at the park office. Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission laws apply.For complete information on fishing rules and regulations in Pennsylvania, visit the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Web site.Hiking: 12 miles of trails
The trails pass through a variety of habitats throughout the central portion of the park.

Biking/Jogging: The five-mile, paved Multi-use Trail along Sycamore Mills and Forge roads is designated for bicycles, joggers, walkers and cross-country skiers. Park in lots #7, #11, #15 and # 17.

Bikes are not permitted on unpaved hiking trails.

Horseback Riding: A 4.7-mile trail begins in Picnic Area #8. A parking lot for trailers is at the trailhead.

Hidden Valley Farms operates a stable within the park that provides trail rides, horse boarding, riding lessons, pony rides, and an assortment of horse related services. 610-892-7260

Cross-country Skiing: Cross-country skiers may use the hiking and multi-use trails when snow cover permits.

Sledding and Tobogganing: A large grassy slope by the park office is popular for sledding.

Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation
The Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation provides visitors with an accurate picture of life on a Delaware County farm prior to the American Revolution.

The Plantation has been a working farm for more than 300 years. It is restored to a late 18th century appearance complete with animals typical of the period and authentically clothed historical interpreters. On weekends from April to November, visitors can observe the farm family cooking over the open hearth, preserving foods, processing textiles, tending field crops and performing other chores necessary to survival in the 18th century world.  610-566-1725

History: Within the park boundaries was a small 18th century village, which grew up around the site of a mill. Now known as Sycamore Mills, the area previously had been named Bishop’s Mill and Providence Mill. The miller’s house, the office and library, and several small mill workers’ dwellings are currently used as private residences. The park area has been designated as the “Ridley Creek State Park Historic District” on the National Register of Historic Places.

The park office is in the “Hunting Hill” mansion, built by the Jeffords family in 1914. The mansion was built around a 1789 Pennsylvania stone farmhouse that forms the core of the building and serves as the reception center.  610-892-3900

Please visit each property’s web site for details.

Hartefeld National
Avondale, PA, 18-hole public course designed by Tom Fazio and voted “the top ten you can play” by Golf Magazine in 1996.

Inniscrone Golf Club
A nationally-ranked championship golf course located in Avondale, PA, (610) 268-8200 to reserve a tee time.

Loch Nairn
Avondale, PA, public course offering tee times on weekends & holidays only. Call (610) 268-2234 for details.

The Golf Course at Glen Mills
Nationally Ranked in the Top 10, and No. 1 in Pennsylvania by Golf Digest (610) 558-2142  5 minutes from Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast.

Oxford, PA

Eric MacCluen Golf Academy
Golf academy is in Avondale, PA. Visit web site for details or call (610) 268-8748.

Canoeing down the Brandywine River makes for a relaxing afternoon the whole family can enjoy. Call ahead for information and reservations or click below to the local outfitters who can provide everything you need – from canoes and paddles, tubes and life jackets to transportation to and from the river.

Northbrook Canoe Company
Canoes, tubes and splash boats for rent for long or short trips on the Brandywine. Float down the Brandywine River in an inner tube. They are specially designed stemless 10-20 standard tubes. For comfort, tubers should be at least four feet in height. One person per tube. You must wear footwear. Life jackets must be worn. Try a splash boat trip. The splash is a small, one-person kayak-like boat with a double-bladed paddle. You will get wet in a splash, so prepare yourself for an afternoon of intensive fun! Not recommended for children under 10 years of age.

Wilderness Canoe Trips
Two to six-hour trips available via canoe or tube on the Brandywine. Free parking and transportation to and from the river.

For Railroad Buffs

West Chester Railroad – Take a short 90 minute round trip along Chester Creek on a vintage train.  Trip goes from West Chester to Glen Mills and back.  Special events are offered throughout the year.

Strasburg Railroad – Just outside the charming little village of Strasburg in Lancaster Coiunty, a short 45 minute drive from Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast.  Ride a vintage train on the oldest operating train in America.  After your visit to the railroad be sure to stop in the antique stores in Strasburg.  Check their web site for schedules and pricing.


Brandywine Polo Club
The Brandywine Polo Club has three tournament-sized polo fields with ample parking for spectator viewing and tailgating. Fans are encouraged to bring picnics and enjoy the family-friendly atmosphere. 610-268-8692. Check the web site for current schedule. Admission charged.

Devon Horse Show
Started in 1896, The Devon Horse Show is held in May at the Devon Show Grounds in Devon, PA.

Gateway Stables
Trail Rides and Riding lessons on scenic trails and meadows. Located about 3 miles south of Kennett Square, PA. (610) 444 1255

Viking Horse
For a unique horseback riding experience visit Viking Horse in West Chester, PA. Offering trail-riding experiences on the rare Icelandic Horse. Check out the web site for details or call (610) 517-7980.