Arcadia Mill


Over the weekend, we decided it was time to get out of the house and wanted to try a new nature walk.  One of my children’s favorite things to do is find a nature trail and run up and down it for hours…and hours…and hours it seems!  We have explored the UWF Edward Ball Nature Trail (one of our favorite walks), the Tarkiln Bayou, and Big Lagoon


The Arcadia Mill is located in Milton and is very easy to find at the end of a residential street.  The Mill is part of Historic Pensacola and is a great nature walk.  The Arcadia Mill is “the largest antebellum complex in Northwest Florida” but the structures are no longer standing.  There was a silk cocoonery, the sawmill, railroad, textile mill, and much more on the grounds.  The Arcadia Mill site is rich in history.  To learn more before you go, read this teacher packet




My kids enjoyed walking the boardwalk. 


There are signs posted around the boardwalk that tell you what the area was used for or point out different things in nature. 


They also liked trying to spy wildlife. They spotted this little guy in the first few minutes.


 There is a small swinging bridge off of the boardwalk, but at the time it was practically underwater and definitely unsafe to cross.  There are no signs warning this so be sure to keep a close eye on your children so they don’t get ahead of you. 



There is a Visitor Center and Museum that are open Tuesday-Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm but I must admit that we didn’t see either.  We were there when both places were closed and we didn’t really tour the grounds, just the boardwalk area.  Guided tours are available but call ahead for more information.  There is a shaded picnic area so if you go, you might want to pack a lunch or a snack to eat!


The Arcadia Mill is located at 5709 Mill Pond Lane in Milton, Florida.  For more information, the contact person is Laura Heyse at 850.626.3084.

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  1. Wow the water is really high right now. You’ll have to go back when it goes down. Our kids love that swinging bridge.

  2. deb Branning says

    Thanks, I loved this post. My husband and I installed an Art Exhibit Of Independent Artists of Navarre @ the Dragonfly Gallery in Milton on Sunday. Stop by with the children and enjoy It will be there thru Jan. We would enjoy a piece of your work to exhibit. Next installation will be @ Holley Hill Pottery Gallery, “Arts Afire” FEB. for the Anagama firing. Happy New Year.


  3. We’ve been there when they’ve had Heritage Days. It was awesome because people were dressed up in costumes. There were ladies spinning wool into yarn and men making leather shoes. The artist who did many paintings on dispay in the visitors’ center was there too and we got to chat with him. UWF students had a dispay of artifacts from the area. They let the kids hold them and explained what they were. It was truly great fun. You’ll have to come back there when they have this event!

  4. we like the new site layout. Great info. Keep up the great work.

  5. Shawn–I must admit that with my husband’s help and against my better judgement, the kids did cross the bridge, however I would deem it totally unsafe with the water at that level!
    Frugal Friend–We are definitely going to have to head out there during Heritage Days…sounds like a great event.
    VisitPensacola–Thanks so much for the kind words. It means a lot coming from you guys!


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