Visit McCabe

"I’m a wanderer. I like to go to the McCabe Nature Preserve by myself and when I’m not in a rush. It is somewhere you can be in a quiet way. It feels remote and away from things, leaving me feeling like I’ve left the busy world for a little.”

—Julie McCall, Volunteer at The Nature Conservancy

With cooler weather and fewer insects, fall is the ideal time to get out in the woods. Our Edward H. McCabe Nature Preserve (or McCabe, as it’s affectionately called), located less than 10 minutes outside the town of Milton, is an ideal place explore! If cooler temperatures and fewer bugs aren’t reason enough, we hope to entice you with a few additional attractions.

  • Watch birds. As many as 35 neotropical migratory songbirds – including Blackburnian Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler, Pine Warbler, Indigo Bunting and Scarlet Tanager – stop at McCabe before continuing on with long and perilous journeys to the southern United States or as far as South America.
  • Exercise. Take a casual stroll or invigorating run along the Preserve’s three miles of trails. You can even make your own bi-athalon! Launch your canoe, kayak or paddleboard upstream near the historic town of Milton and head down the Broadkill River to the Preserve dock. Then come ashore to complete the workout!
  • Escape the chaos. McCabe represents a place for finding quiet and solitude. Take time to sit, reflect, look around and listen. Depending upon the time of day, you are sure to witness something special.
  • Find foliage. Whether you are looking out towards the Broadkill River from the dock of the Preserve, walking the trails, or sitting near the marshes, the colors and scenery at McCabe are spectacular in the fall. Don’t forget to snap a few photos to share with friends. (If you post on Facebook, be sure to share them with us by tagging The Nature Conservancy in Delaware!)
  • Prepare for winter. As winter sets in, McCabe takes on another personality altogether. American holly and pine become more obvious and striking in the landscape. Suddenly you see wildlife which went unnoticed earlier in the year. So after you take in the fall colors, make plans to return to enjoy McCabe’s winter wonderland!