Abbott’s Mill Nature Center

Abbott’s Mill Nature Center 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 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. Discover wildlife up close in our Visitor Center with its live animal collection, “please touch” area, and animal displays. Let your kids can play in our 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.

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

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 CLOSED

Weekends CLOSED

Visitor Center is currently closed to the public. Staff are on trails on weekdays. Closed Sep 7, Nov 26-27, Dec 24-31, Jan 1 2021

Trails & Grounds Hours

Open dawn to dusk daily. Staff on trails on weekdays.

Trail Maps

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


Annual Events Activities Calendar Drop-in Activities Kayak/SUP rentals School Programs Scout & Group Programs Visit our Historic Working Mill

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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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    Picnic Area

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    Scenic Views