Hours and Directions
Spring-summer 2020: Matthaei Botanical Gardens building, conservatory, and display gardens are temporarily closed. Please click on the button below to view our message about operation plans. Parking enforcement is now in effect.
Nature Walking Trails
Open 7 days a week, sunrise to sunset. Trails not maintained in winter.
Matthaei Botanical Gardens Trail
Trail head begins near Campus Farm off Dixboro Rd. and connects to Parker Mill Park and the Washtenaw Border to Border Trail system. Open year-round; trail not maintained in winter. Click here to learn more about the trail..
Parking at Matthaei
Please park only in designated parking areas, which are identified by numbered spaces at the main entrance to the lobby/conservatory, in the west parking lot and in the parking lot near the campus farm/shared use trail. Parking cost is $1.90 per hour, with a $5 maximum per day. Parking pay kiosks accept credit cards and coins. Matthaei-Nichols members park for free. Follow instructions on kiosk to enter space number then member number. Click here for more parking information.
Trails are open daily sunrise to sunset at the Arb. No amenities currently available (bathrooms, visitor guides, etc.)
Directions to Matthaei
Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Directions to Nichols Arboretum
Nichols Arboretum is located adjacent to U-M’s Central Campus in Ann Arbor.
All trails within the Arboretum’s borders are closed to motorized vehicles. This includes Nichols Drive, which follows the river within the Arb after visitors have entered the Arboretum from U-M lot M-29.
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