Dawes Arboretum

Newark, Ohio 43058

Dawes Arboretum

Dawes Arboretum Professional Guide

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"This is an unusual hike. As its name implies, Dawes Arboretum is an interesting collection of trees, plants, and flowers—a place where roads and trails course through fascinating flora, allowing you to view the collection. Much of the terrain is open, however, and is not all dense forest.

From the visitor center, explore the Japanese Garden, then climb Oak Hill. The hike next leads to Pershing Avenue, where trees memorialize war veterans. Pass Dawes Lake and climb a tower that gives a lay of the land. Your return route bisects the Deep Woods, a natural forest, before returning to the visitor center."

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Five-Star Trails: Columbus (Menasha Ridge Press)
Robert Loewendick
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"The Oak Trail is the longest hiking trail at Dawes Arboretum, which gives hikers the most interaction with this special place. The numerous collections of trees and plants are grouped in sections, and the Oak Trail finds its way through nearly every assembly. With all the beautiful displays, the hike is over before you know it. A short companion loop will have you walking on stones a few inches above the pond surface in the Japanese Garden. Near the end of the Dawes adventure, hikers enter a deep wood and take a boardwalk stroll through a cypress swamp, which will keep the camera shutter clicking." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes: Columbus (Falcon Guides)
Susan Finch
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"Hike through rolling meadows and make a loop through an ornate Japanese garden, conifers, and wooded forests. Stop by the lake and take a walk through a deciduous cypress garden. Nature enthusiasts Beman and Bertie Dawes founded Dawes Arboretum in 1929. Beman originally worked in the lumber industry and developed an intense passion for trees. Today Dawes Arboretum includes upwards of 1,800 acres and 8 miles of hiking trails featuring more than 15,000 plants, a Japanese garden, an azalea glen, an all-seasons garden, Ohio buckeyes, a conifer glen, a bonsai garden, a cypress swamp, and a museum." Read more
"This hike explores the lesser visited, lesser developed, natural side of Dawes Arboretum. Located east of OH 13, this wild- area hike makes a loop, first climbing to the site of an Indian mound and then traveling east through tall mature woods to the gorge of Quarry Run. You will then backtrack and resume the circuit, passing a few meadows before coming to serene Scout Pond. Relax beside this watery escape before returning to the main arboretum grounds." Read more
"On this 3.1-mile ramble through a human-manipulated landscape, the trees and shrubs along the path are identified for you. Highlights include a Japanese garden, prairie wildflowers, collections of exotic and unusual trees, and magnificent older trees. The trees and shrubs along the Oak Trail, compatible with central Ohio’s climate zone, are identified for you. These identifications will help you better appreciate the forests you hike in afterward.This is an unusual Ohio hike in that it’s not through a forest; rather it meanders through a human-manipulated landscape of many interesting plants and features. The arboretum, a private not-for-profit enterprise, was established by Beman and Bertie Dawes in 1929." Read more

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This is a very well maintained trail that I have been on several times. The grounds at Dawes Arboretum are beautiful. This trail does get very hot on a sunny day when you are in the prairie section of the walk so don’t forget to take water. I always enjoy the Japanese Garden, Cypress Swamp and log cabin when they are making maple syrup. Great educational experience for adults and kids.

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Trail Information

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2.5-3 hours
Dawes Arboretum, 7770 Jacksontown Rd. SE, Newark, OH 43056; (800) 443-2937; www.dawesarb.org
Local Contacts
Dawes Arboretum Visitor Map; USGS Thornville.
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Dec 2018