Trail Walks

Hit the trails and learn more about The North Carolina Arboretum’s botanically diverse forest with a guided trail walk! April through October, 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 and each guide’s area of expertise, topics of discussion may include wildflowers, plant and tree identification, natural history and more.

  • Walks are limited to 15 people and are not recommended for guests under 16 years of age. Topics and trails featured will vary based on weather, trail conditions and each guide’s area of expertise.
  • Walks take place at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays
  • Walks are first-come first served and sign up sheets are located in the Baker Visitor Center.
  • Walks are FREE, however, donations to The North Carolina Arboretum Society are appreciated. Regular parking fees apply.

See upcoming walks here.

Group Visits


We offer flat-rate daily fees for group visits of 15 persons or more to organizations that are aligned with our educational and outdoor recreational mission. These fees must be prepaid and include parking for all vehicles associated with the registered group. As an environmental organization, we encourage carpooling whenever possible. Group visit requests must be received at least two weeks prior to your visit in order to qualify for flat-rate fees.

  • 15-50 visitors: $75.00 per day
  • 51-100 visitors: $110.00 per day
  • 101+ visitors: $175.00 per day

Parties smaller than 15 persons, or groups who have not pre-registered, will be subject to standard daily parking fees, per vehicle:

  • Personal/Standard Vehicle (up to 20′ long): $20
  • Large vehicles (21′-29′ long): $60
  • Buses and Oversize Vehicles (30′ long+): $125


  • We are not currently offering private tours at this time, but groups are welcome to enjoy the Arboretum through self-guided exploration of the gardens, trails, and exhibits.


  • Picnicking is allowed at the Arboretum with the exception of within the Bonsai Garden. Please be advised that we do not have designated picnic areas for large groups. Groups are responsible for ensuring appropriate disposal of any picnic waste accumulated.
  • Our on-site eatery, Bent Creek Bistro, is open March 15-November 15. Groups over 30 persons interested in dining from the Bistro will require arrangements in advance.

Thank you for your interest in bringing your group to the North Carolina Arboretum. Please fill out our Group Visit Inquiry Form to book a group visit.


Student Field Trips

We’re excited to welcome your school group back to the Arboretum in the spring!

Field Trip dates are every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from February 28 – May 18, 2023 EXCLUDING 3/8-3/9, 4/3-4/7, and 5/2-5/4.

Self-guided trips are also available.

Please click here to learn more about programs and pricing.

Running Groups

Running on the Arboretum’s trails is a great way to exercise in a beautiful setting! Individual runners and small groups up to 4 people are welcome on all Arboretum trails when the property is open to the public. (See our Plan a Visit page for current property hours).

Running groups (5+ people) should review the Running Group Guidelines linked below before visiting the Arboretum. We thank you in advance for helping to ensure a positive experience for all guests!

View Running Group Guidelines

Please observe the following etiquette while sharing the trails:

  • Runners should be courteous towards other visitors, leaving at least half the width of the trail/road open and announcing their presence when passing.
  • Runners/visitors under 16 years of age must be supervised by an adult. The adult must accompany the underage visitors on the trails.