Run the Arnold Arboretum Trail

2.6 Miles Round Trip - 150 ft gain - Loop Trail

Arnold Aboretum - Search Nearby - Added by Danielle Tourigny

Surround yourself with a variety of plants and take in the lake views on this rich arboretum hike. Trail can be accessed from March to October, is dog-friendly, and is great for kids.

Park in the lot off of Arborway to access the trail. This place is gorgeous year round. The winter offers a quiet solitude, fall boasts bright colors, spring is the most beautiful as the flowers start to burst and cherry blossoms take over, and summer is overwhelmingly green. There are dozens of spots around the arboretum where you can just nestle under some trees and have a private picnic or moment. The trails are organized by types of plants so you can take a walk through the conifer path or head over to the Japanese zen garden. There is also a trail that leads up a small hill where you can get a pretty great view of the Boston skyline. When I lived in the area, I would often take runs through the arboretum. The paths are all winding and connected (some are dirt trails and some are paved). There is no shortage of things to see there. I went dozens of times and always found something new and interesting to explore. 

Tags

Fitness
Cycling
Running
Hiking
Dog Friendly
Scenic

Details

2.6 Miles
150 ft elevation gain
Loop Trail

Stay Nearby

Middleborough, Massachusetts

Boston / Cape Cod KOA

Litchfield, New Hampshire

Normanton Farms

From $100/night

Merrimack, New Hampshire

Souhegan Serenade

From $125/night

Wilton, New Hampshire

SnugLife Camping

From $125/night

Nearby Adventures

Run the Jamaica Pond and Victorian Jamaica Plain Loop

1.5 Miles Round Trip - 95 ft gain

Walk the Freedom Trail

2.9 Miles Round Trip - 121 ft gain

Hike the Great Blue Hill Trail

2.3 Miles Round Trip - 550 ft gain

More Nearby Adventures

Reviews

Leave a Review

Overall rating: 

Beautiful year-round

When I was living in Boston, I constantly visited the Arboretum. When I went last weekend, I went out of my way to get over there because it truly is a beautiful place. It has lots of walking trails and so many different types of trees. You can enjoy the beauty and learn a lot. Highly recommend stopping in if you have the chance.