Nichols Arboretum

Ann Arbor, Michigan

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For a short, rugged hike close to Ann Arbor, the Nichols Arboretum on the Huron River has a few miles of trails with steep climbs, scenic overlooks, a formal garden, and riverside picnic areas. The trails pass through prairie, wetlands, and hardwood forest. In addition to a fine collection of native Michigan trees, this “living museum” features species from around the world. Outed as a living museum, Nichols Arboretum (or the Arb, as the locals call it) was established in 1907 as the University’s botanical garden and arboretum. Less than ten years later, the botanical garden and the arboretum went their separate ways. The garden moved to a new location on Iroquois Street. Nearly fifty years later, the garden moved again, to its current site on Dixboro Road. (See the Matthaei Botanical Gardens hike description.) The arboretum comprises 123 hilly acres tucked between the University of Michigan, Geddes Road, and the Huron River. What began as an 80-acre site has grown significantly in the past hundred years.
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by Matt Forster (Falcon Guides)

For a short, rugged hike close to Ann Arbor, the Nichols Arboretum on the Huron River has a few miles of trails with steep climbs, scenic overlooks, a formal garden, and riverside picnic areas. The trails pass through prairie, wetlands, and hardwood forest. In addition to a fine collection of native Michigan trees, this “living museum” features species from around the world.

Outed as a living museum, Nichols Arboretum (or the Arb, as the locals call it) was established in 1907 as the University’s botanical garden and arboretum. Less than ten years later, the botanical garden and the arboretum went their separate ways. The garden moved to a new location on Iroquois Street. Nearly fifty years later, the garden moved again, to its current site on Dixboro Road. (See the Matthaei Botanical Gardens hike description.) The arboretum comprises 123 hilly acres tucked between the University of Michigan, Geddes Road, and the Huron River. What began as an 80-acre site has grown significantly in the past hundred years.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Ann Arbor
Distance: 2.6
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Nichols Arboretum, 1600 Washington Heights, Ann Arbor, MI 48104; (734) 6477600; lsa.umich.edu/mbg/
Local Maps: TOPO! CD: Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, disc 4; map available on website and posted at the trailheads
Driving Directions: Directions to Nichols Arboretum

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