Make today special

Make new memories on the trail. Find quiet and seclusion walking along the Huron River. Or put your energy into walking up steep hills for gorgeous views of the Arb’s valleys and beyond.

Two people and a dog walking through a trail at the arb


Walking trails in the arb

Nearly 3.5 miles of trails crisscross the Arb and connect all three of its entrances: at Nichols Drive, Geddes Road, and Washington Heights.

The trails pass by or through important areas of the Arboretum such as the peony garden, Heathdale, Alex Dow Field, along the Huron River, the main valley, and others.

Maps of the Arb are located at each entrance. Walkers and hikers only on the trails and in the Arb; no bikes, please. Dogs are allowed on leash.


Laurel Ridge Trail

Laurel Ridge introduces visitors to beautiful selections of azalea and rhododendrons—members of the laurel family—as well as tree peonies and compatible Asiatic shrubs.

These plants thrive here because of the acidic soil provided by the old pine stand and their location on a northerly slope, which offers protection from winter sunburn.

Pink flowers in the woods