Three-Mile Walk provides an excellent overview of the Arboretum grounds, allowing visitors to hike to the Arboretum’s highest point and experience woods, wetlands and prairie as it meanders through a variety of the Arboretum’s gardens and collections. It features a beautiful new paved trail, the Gail and Bob Buuck Walkway, which provides sweeping views of the Red Barn. Walkers will travel mainly on paved paths and brick walkways, as well as short distances on gravel paths. Taken at a leisurely pace, the walk could take about an hour and a half to walk the 2.25 miles (3 miles if visitors walk directly from the gatehouse).
- From the gatehouse, proceed up to the first stop sign. Go straight.
- Follow the road just past the Oswald Visitor Center. Take your first left.
- At the stop sign, take a left. Follow the road straight up the hill.
- Go down the hill until you see a small parking lot on the right hand side in front of the Sensory Garden. Park here.
- Three-Mile Walk begins just to the right of the Sensory Garden. Look for signs that say Three-Mile Walk.
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