Hours and Directions

Matthaei Botanical Gardens visitor center, conservatory, and display gardens are open to the public.
10:00 AM – 8:00 PM WEDNESDAY

Trails and natural areas are open 7 days a week, sunrise to sunset


Nature Walking Trails

Open 7 days a week, sunrise to sunset. Trails not maintained in winter.
Free admission.

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 $2.20 per hour, with a $6 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 other than portable bathrooms outside.

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.