Hit the trails and learn more about the Arboretum’s botanically diverse forest! This free hiking program is led by trained volunteer guides who take small groups of participants along woodland trails and through a variety of forest types. Depending on the season, topics of discussion may include wildflowers, plant and tree identification, natural history, and the cultural and land use history of The North Carolina Arboretum.
Held Tuesdays and Saturdays at 1 p.m.*, April through October, walks are held rain or shine and participants should dress appropriately for the weather. Walks last 1.5- 2.5 hours and are approximately one to two miles in length (depending on the interest of the group). Due to length and content, this program is not recommended for children under 8 years of age.
*Please note: During the summer, the Arboretum will offer an additional hiking time starting at 10 a.m. on Saturdays.*
The program begins in the Baker Exhibit Center Lobby and space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Groups of five or more are required to pre-register by calling 828-665-2492. Walks are FREE, however, donations to The North Carolina Arboretum Society are appreciated. Regular parking fees apply. Arboretum Society Members always park free.
Due to size limitations of the tours, groups of 10 or more are required to book a private guided trail tour.