Abbott’s Mill Nature Center

Visitor Center (with live animal collection, library, and taxidermy), bathroom building, and trails are OPEN.
See hours below. Masks required indoors.

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 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. We have kayak/SUP rentals by reservation.

Discover wildlife up close in our Visitor Center with its live animal collection (returning soon) and animal displays. Masks required indoors for all age 5+ regardless of vaccination status as we are a state-owned facility. Drinking fountain available. Parking is available by our Visitor Center.

Private Hayrides at Abbott’s

Enjoy your own private hayride! Gather up your favorite folks for a hayride through our rolling forests and meadows.

Schedule Your Hayride

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 Hours



Wed 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Thurs 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Fri 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM



Closed for Holidays: Jan 1, Jan 17, Apr 15, May 30, Jun 20, July 4, Sep 5, Oct 10, Nov 24-25, Dec 23-30. (Summer Hours in 2022: Apr 16 - Oct 15, 9am-4pm, Wed, Thu & Fri, 12pm - 4pm Sat, Closed Sun-Tue)

Trails & Grounds Hours

Open dawn to dusk daily. Staff on trails during above listed "Staff Available Hours".

Trail Maps

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


Activities Calendar Historic Mill Hayrides Annual Events Drop-in Activities Kayak/SUP Rentals School Programs Scouts & Groups

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    "Garden for Wildlife" Idea Garden

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