Most People Don’t Know This Hidden Tower Features The Best Views In Delaware

Rockford Park in Wilmington is one of the oldest parks in Delaware. It was established by William Poole Bancroft, who also had a hand in many of Delaware’s city, state and federal parks. In 1889, he donated 59 acres to establish Rockford Park. Currently, the park is a big tract of open land and surrounded by gorgeous wooded areas, making it a popular spot for picnics, jogging, flying kites, playing ball, tennis, and hiking. There’s even an off-leash dog park!

In 1901, a large, 75 foot stone tower was built as a water tower and an observation tower for the park and surrounding areas. The Tower’s water tank is surrounded by a spiral staircase that leads to the observation level, allowing for a view of the park and beautiful Brandywine River. Climb up Rockford Tower to experience some of the best views in Delaware, and enjoy the sight of the Brandywine River winding away in the distance.

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Check out some of the other views you can catch from around Rockford Tower this fall with this great drone video:

Looking for more great views in Delaware? You can’t go wrong climbing one of the historic observation towers along Delaware’s most beautiful hike.