Ashland Nature Center

All trails across the street from the Ashland entrance are closed.  See updated map »

Ashland Nature Center serves as Delaware Nature Society’s headquarters with 130 acres of woodlands, meadows, marsh, the scenic Red Clay Creek, and 4-miles of nature trails to explore. Centered in the heart of the Red Clay Valley Important Bird Area and Red Clay Valley Scenic Byway, the site is open to the public year-round, features educational programs, a picnic area, Visitor Center and Overnight Lodge. Discover wildlife at our Hawk Watch, Butterfly House, Bird Banding station, Bird Blind, and our Hummingbird Haven (a Garden for Wildlife showcase), and along our many pet-friendly interpretive trails.  We also offer programming for schools and public groupsFacility and meeting room rentals are available.

Check out our photo gallery and a video of our Succession Trail created with Relive to show elevation and photos of stops along the way.

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


3511 Barley Mill Road
Hockessin, DE 19707

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Visitor Center Hours

Mon 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Tues 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Wed 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Thurs 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Fri 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Sat 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Sun 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

CLOSED: Jul 3-5, Sep 4-6, Nov 25-26, Dec 24-31, Jan 1 2022.

Trails & Grounds Hours

Open dawn to dusk every day.

Trail Maps

Full Ashland Trail Map Treetop Trail Succession Trail Nature's Bounty Trail Floodplain Trail Nature Walk Plant Checklist (legal-size)


Activities Calendar Drop-in Activities School Programs Scout & Group Programs Hawk Watch

Entry Fees




Child (age 2+) $3

Adult $5

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    "Garden for Wildlife" Idea Garden

  • Accessible Areas

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    Bird Blind

  • 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