Abbott’s Mill Nature Center

Abbott’s Mill Nature Center features beautiful trails that take the visitor through a lush deciduous and Atlantic White Cedar woodlands. Sections of the trail include a handicap-accessible boardwalk that follows a clear coastal plain stream to open meadows, picnic area, and a Garden for Wildlife idea garden.  A historic working gristmill (currently closed for repair) and its water source, a 20-acre pond lend a sense of the rich human history of the area. We also have kayak/SUP rentals by reservation. Our Visitor Center has a live animal collection, “please touch” and animal displays, and a kids’ corner with puzzles and stuffed animals. Abbott’s sits on a 376-acre piece of Milford Millponds Nature Preserve. The site is open to the general public and trails are pet-friendly.  Parking is available by our visitor center. Check out our photo gallery.

Discover how we carefully manage this land for biodiversity and 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 Hours

Weekdays 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Weekends CLOSED

Jan 1, Feb 17, Apr 10, May 25, Jul 3, Sep 7, Nov 26-27, Dec 24-31, Jan 1 2021

Trails & Grounds Hours

Open dawn to dusk

Trail Maps

North and South trail maps Blair’s Pond Cross-Country trail map


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    "Garden for Wildlife" Idea Garden

  • Accessible Trails

  • Drop-in Programs

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    Historical Features

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    Pet Friendly (leashed)

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    Picnic Area

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    Scenic Views