Outdoors & Nature

Explore Arcadia Mill’s free outdoor facilities including an elevated boardwalk with interpretive signage, ADA accessible bridge, Discovery Pavilion, nature trails, and a shaded picnic area.

Boardwalk & Bridge

The boardwalk and bridge are wheelchair accessible with an access point adjacent to the Mill Pond Lane cul-de-sac. The three-fourths mile-long elevated boardwalk navigates visitors around the archaeological remains of the mill facilities and includes interpretive signage that highlights the history, archaeology, and environment at Arcadia Mill. The boardwalk also features an ADA accessible bridge over Pond Creek and an associated boardwalk that leads visitors directly to the nature trails that cover approximately one mile of the site.

Discovery Pavilion

The outdoor Discovery Pavilion, located near the Visitor’s Center, features working replicas of 19th century water-powered mill technology, which are highlighted through an interpretive, six button sound-post.

Nature Trails

The main trail begins at the terminus of the boardwalk and includes short loops to the east and west, covering approximately one mile of the site. Nature trail maps are available in the site brochure and as individual handouts located in the Visitor’s Center.


The site also features a shaded picnic area with eight picnic tables. The Education Staff requests prior notice from all scheduled group and school tours for use of the picnic area.

Site Photography

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We love that people use our site for photography sessions! Please abide by all site rules, do not alter the landscape in any way, and photography should be family-friendly. If it is not appropriate to do in public, it is not appropriate for our site. We ask that visitors obey hours of operation and be courteous to other guests and wildlife!

Pet Friendly

The outdoor facilities at Arcadia Mill are pet-friendly, but visitors must observe the leash law and have their animals on a leash at all times. We also ask that you clean up after your pets! Only assistance animals are permitted to enter the Visitor's Center and Museum.