Abbott’s Mill Nature Center

Visitor Center hours can fluctuate from the posted hours – please call ahead to confirm whether it will be open when you come.

Abbott’s Mill Nature Center sits on a 376-acre piece of Milford Millponds Nature Preserve and features beautiful trails.  Hike through lush deciduous and Atlantic White Cedar woodlands. You can also explore our handicap-accessible boardwalk that follows a clear coastal plain stream to open meadows, picnic area, and a Garden for Wildlife idea garden. Our historic working gristmill (tours temporarily on hold while our mill undergoes repairs) and its water source, a 20-acre pond, lend a sense of the rich human history of the area. We are open to the general public and trails are pet-friendly. Quest kayaks are on hold this year. Discover wildlife up close in our Visitor Center with its live animal collection and taxidermy animal displays. Drinking fountain available. Parking is available by our Visitor Center.

Abbott’s Pond is a public access pond with a public boat ramp for personal motor boats and kayaks/canoes. Fishing is permitted and regulated by DE Fish and Wildlife, with a fishing permit required for everyone ages 16-64.

Music at the Mill

During the summer on 2nd Thursdays, enjoy live music, food trucks, lawn games, and more. We’re done for the season – see you in Summer 2024!

Music at the Mill

Visit, also, the accessible boardwalk at the nearby Marvel Saltmarsh Preserve by Slaughter Beach.

Check out our photo gallery.

Discover how we carefully manage this land for biodiversity and clean water.

Abbott’s Mill Nature Center is a partnership with the State Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs and the Division of Fish and Wildlife.


15411 Abbott’s Pond Road
Milford, DE 19963

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Visitor Center (temporarily closed) & Business Hours (as usual)



Wed 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Thurs 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Fri 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM



PLEASE NOTE: Visitor Center hours can fluctuate from the posted hours - please call ahead to confirm whether it will be open when you come. Closed for Holidays: May 29, Jun 19, Jul 4, Sep 4, Oct 9, Nov 23-24, Dec 26-30, Jan 1, Jan 15.

Trails & Grounds Hours

Open dawn to dusk daily.

Call Us at 302.422.0847

Weekdays 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Weekends CLOSED

Trail Maps

Abbott's Mill Trail Map North and South Trail Map Blair’s Pond Cross-Country Trail Map


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    "Garden for Wildlife" Idea Garden

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    Historical Features

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    Pet Friendly (leashed)

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    Scenic Views