Benge Road & Farm Lane,

Hockessin, DE


Enter through DE State Park*


  • 80 Acres

  • 3 miles of trails

  • Red Clay Creek

  • Bird Blind

  • Historic Dam

  • Mason-Dixon Line


  • Hiking/Walking/Running

  • Bird and Wildlife Watching

  • Nature Photography

  • Cross Country Skiing

  • Mountain Biking

  • Picnicking


Preserves are open year-round from dawn to dusk. Please be mindful of others and the environment. All dogs must be on leash.


More about Marshall Bridge Preserve

Marshall Bridge Preserve creates a bi-state preserve as it lies adjacent to Delaware State’s Auburn Heights Preserve with trail connections between the two properties.   The property contains 80 acres for walking, hiking, equestrian, cross country skiing, birding, nature study, environmental education, and other passive recreational activities. Trail segments meander through one of the last remaining diverse, contiguous, mature woodlands in Kennett Township, and aside wetlands, scenic view points, rural lands, and portions of the historic Mason Dixon Trail, including a Mason Dixon Line marker at the state border. When combined with Delaware’s Auburn Heights Preserve, visitors can enjoy over 400 acres of preserved lands.

The preserve is located within close proximity to TLC’s Stateline Woods Preserve and Marshall Mill House Preserve, along the banks of the Red Clay Creek and Route 82 in Kennett Township. TLC is working on trail connections to directly connect Marshall Mill House and Marshall Bridge Preserves to help create a trail loop through the four preserves and to allow visitors to access the 10+ miles of existing trails across TLC’s three preserves and Delaware’s Auburn Heights Preserve. Stay tuned for announcements regarding connections in both Pennsylvania and Delaware!

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In August 2013, we installed an observation bird blind on the Marshall Bridge Preserve, overlooking a prime bird and wildlife-watching location along the Red Clay Creek and designed to blend in with the surrounding area. Visitors are able to view birds and wildlife behaving naturally, undisturbed by human presence. Not only does the blind give visitors the chance to see easily disturbed bird species, but they also benefit the bird populations, as they concentrate bird watching activity to concealed locations.

Thanks to a donation from a local foundation, we were able to purchase a high-quality Swarovski spotting scope for use during programs at the bird blind, as well as programming at other locations. Interested users may rent the bird blind for a small donation. TLC members may utilize the bird blind for free as a membership perk for a day of wildlife observation.

For more information on using/renting the bird blind, contact Jennifer Kriesel or call 610-347-0347 ext 103.


Map of Preserve

Marshall Bridge Preserve Map