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Arboretum Trail System

Arboretum Trail

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UT Arboretum Walking Trails

There are over 5 miles of walking trails in the Arboretum's Self-guided Walking Trails System. The trails variation in length and difficulty can accommodate a range of walkers - from the casual stroller to the serious hiker. Interpretive signs describe points of interest along the way. A click on the links above will lead to a trail map, a plant collections map, and how-to-build information about the trail benches. Each of the trails are described below in the Trail Highlights. Happy Trails!

Trail Highlights

Nature Book (formerly White Pine) Trail and Marsh Area

Trail length: 0.25 mile
Round trip: 0.5 mile

Rock Pile Lead Trail

Trail length: 0.25 miles
From Visitors Center to trail: 0.1 miles
Round Trip: 0.7 miles

Tulip Poplar Trail and Major Plant Collections

Tulip Poplar Trail (and Spur) length: 0.4 mile
Major Plant Collections length: 0.25 mile

Heath Cove Trail

Heath Cove Trail (Upper and Lower) length: 0.25 mile
Round Trip: 0.65 miles

Backwoods Trail

Trail length: 0.9 miles
From Visitors Center via N. Loop Road: 0.3 miles
Round Trip via S. Loop Road: 2.0 miles

Oak Hickory Trail

Oak Hickory Trail length: 0.5 miles
Round Trip from Visitors Center: 1.0 miles

Lost Chestnut Trail and Sinkhole Crest Spur

Lost Chestnut Trail length: 0.4 miles
Sinkhole Crest Spur through Lost Chestnut Trail loop: 0.05 miles
Sinkhole Crest Spur from Lost Chestnut Trail to N. Forest Loop road: 0.06 miles
Round Trip from Visitors Center via Oak Hickory Trail: 1.2 miles

Cemetery Ridge Trail and Big Oak Spur

Trail length: 0.7 miles
From Visitors Center via S. Loop Road: 0.25 miles
Round Trip via S. Loop Road: 1.6 miles
Big Oak Spur length: 0.06 miles

Cross Roads Trail

Trail length: 0.2 miles
From Visitors Center via S. Loop Road: 0.65 miles
From Visitors Center via N. Loop Road: 0.7 miles
Round Trip via S. Loop Road: 1.55 miles

Evans Way Trail

Trail length: 0.09 miles
Round Trip: 0.18 miles

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