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Plan to attend the Eclipse Viewing Event on Monday, August 21, 1:30 - 3:30 pm!

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The UT Arboretum is a place for all seasons! Walkers can enjoy our over five miles of Walking Trails year round. There is always something in bloom at the Arboretum and our Featured Plants page showcases a different plant each month. Bird and Wildlife spotting is common during every season and holly berries abound in the Elmore Holly Garden during the holidays. Enjoy a virtual tour of the Arboretum via our Photo Gallery. The Arboretum and Arboretum Society hosts spring and fall plant sales, seasonal workshops, timely lectures, and special guided walks - even on New Year's Day!

Arboretum Hours

The University of Tennessee Arboretum Visitors Center and Office is routinely open Monday - Friday from 8:00 am - Noon and 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm (excluding holidays.)

The Arboretum grounds are open for walking daily from 8:00 am until sunset.

The parking lot is accessible during office hours, but is subject to restrictions after office hours on weekdays, weekends, and holidays.

Click to view and print an Arboretum Location Map.

Rules for Visitors

All public access is walking only. (Persons with disabilities may obtain permission to drive on roads.)

  • Please stay on designated areas and observe all posted signs
  • No collecting of any materials
  • No picnicking
  • No pets
  • No bikes or skateboards

Featured Plant - White Ash

White Ash is found throughout Tennessee on a variety of dry to wet sites. It is a member of the Eastern Deciduous Forest, ranging from Nova Scotia to northern Florida, and west to eastern Nebraska and eastern Texas. The Emerald Ash Borer, an exotic beetle from Asia, has killed millions of these ash trees in the Eastern U.S. and is threatening trees in Tennessee. Many ash trees in Oak Ridge are already dead or damaged beyond the point where they can be saved. The Oak Ridge Tree Board is hosting a workshop on the impact of the emerald ash borer in the area. The event is scheduled for the evening of Tuesday, August 29, 2017, from 6 until 8 pm at the UT Arboretum Auditorium. Read more about White Ash on our Featured Plants page.

Upcoming Events

Event: Eclipse Viewing Event
Event Date: Monday, August 21, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Location: NOAA Weather Station/Program Shelter Area
Details: Bring lawn chairs, eclipse safety glasses, viewing devices. Click to view local information about the eclipse.

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Event: Emerald Ash Borer Workshop
Event Date: Tuesday, August 29, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Location: UT Arboretum Auditorium
Details: This event is being co-hosted by the UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center and the City of Oak Ridge. The workshop is free and refreshments will be served at 5:30 pm. Visit our Facebook page for more information about this event.

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4-H Student Log Grading and Sawmill Training The UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center (FRREC) hosted several field-based forestry/natural resource programs this summer. In early-August, Dr. Adam Taylor, Professor - UT Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, hosted the Sevier County 4-H Forestry Team for a session on log grading and sawmilling. More such field-based programs are being planned for the future as part of the increased education and outreach efforts of our new Arboretum Education Progran Coordinator, Ms. Michelle Campanis. Read more about these summer programs and other recent events on our Forest Resources Center and Arboretum News page.

Host Your Event at the NEW Auditorium

The pastoral landscapes and vistas stretching across the rolling hills of the University of Tennessee Arboretum can create a picturesque setting for your meeting, wedding ceremony, or workshop. Our auditorium features nearly 2,000 square feet of open floor space, a beautiful stone fireplace, and exposed Douglas fir roof beams, creating a rustic park-like experience. The building has a small kitchen, bathroom, electricity, water, and parking accommodations for up to fifty-five cars.

To host your next program, meeting, or workshop at the new auditorium, read our Event Rental Information guide.

The UT Arboretum is a very special place to celebrate your wedding. Ceremonies are held in and around the Sharp Program Shelter and the Auditorium - located adjacent to each other. Read our Wedding and Reception Rental Information guide to plan your special day.

View and print a promotional brochure about the NEW Arboretum Auditorium!

The Arboretum Society

The University of Tennessee Arboretum Society (UTAS) is a non-profit organization of volunteers from throughout Tennessee, dedicated to furthering the objectives and programs of the Forest Resources Research and Education Center's Arboretum Project in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Chartered in 1965, the Arboretum Society has assisted the Arboretum by providing support and funding for such projects as expanding plant collections, constructing facilities to enhance the public's use and enjoyment of the Arboretum, and informing the public of the unique value and importance of the Arboretum to the area. Recently, the Society accepted the challenge of providing a portion of the operating funds needed to assure continued public access to the Arboretum.

Information about the Society and membership opportunities are available at the UT Arboretum Visitors Center or by e-mail at A history of the Society can be viewed on our web page UTAS History.

Inclement Weather

Please be advised that the UT Arboretum follows the same weather closures as the Knoxville Campus. In the event that our staff cannot make it in and/or the conditions are deemed unsafe, we will close the UT Arboretum and the gate will be up and locked. We ask that you refrain from entering the property at any time the gate is locked.

Professional Photographers Policy

The UT Forest Resoures AgResearch and Education Center (FRREC)/Arboretum is proud to provide an attractive venue for all types of outdoor photography in the East Tennessee region. However, considerable materials and labor are required to maintain the UT FRREC/Arboretum to the high standard that has attracted so many professional photographers for their photography sessions. As a result, starting on July 23, 2014 the UT FRREC/Arboretum implemented a new Photography Policy. Click here to view the new Photography Policy.

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