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United States National Arboretum Hike, About 6 miles

  • Feb 24, 2013 · 10:30 AM
  • United States National Arboretum

United States National Arboretum Hike

If the Billy Goat Trail Section A hike was a little too technically difficult for you, here's a hike that is at the other extreme technically but isn't far behind if at all when it comes to beautiful things to look at. My favorite is the National Bonsai Musem with trees that are hundreds of years old. We had an especially good time on this hike last year.

We will shove off from the parking area near the Visitors Information Center promptly at 10:30 AM for a very easy paced 6-7 mile hike around the Arboretum grounds including the National Bonsai Museum. This will be a very leisurely paced hike, taking stops to read about and study exhibits as we go along. Pack a lunch or a snack for a break at the midpoint and plan on being back to the parking area around 3:00ish.

The address listed above is the address for the National Arboretum but there is no entrance from west bound New York Avenue so I've included the following directions for those coming from the north and east.

From the Maryland suburbs- Take the Capital Beltway (I 495/I 95) to exit 22B (Baltimore Washington Parkway) towards Washington. Follow the Baltimore Washington Parkway approximately 7 miles to Route 50 West (New York Avenue). Once on Route 50 get in your left lane. You will approach the intersection of Bladensburg Road where only the two left lanes turn onto Bladensburg Road. Make the left onto Bladensburg Road and go 4 blocks to R Street. Make a left on R Street and continue 2 blocks to the Arboretum gates.

Learn More about the National Arboretum here

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  • Paul B.

    Great hike, great plants and amazing trees. Still in awe of the bonzai dated 1625!! Thank you.

    February 25, 2013

  • Ben

    Another excellent Meetup!

    February 25, 2013

  • Chuck

    I always enjoy the arboretum and hopefully the rest of you did too. Thanks for coming everyone.

    February 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The breezy bits made us appreciate the sunny, calm the rest of the day. Thanks, Chuck!

    February 24, 2013

  • elaine g.

    Perfect. With a wonderfully unexpected surprise at the end

    February 24, 2013

  • Mary B.

    Sorry, I'm not going to make it. Just got home on a late flight last night after delays, then overslept this morning. Have fun!

    February 24, 2013

  • Stacey

    Back in my boot. Tendonitis sucks :(

    February 23, 2013

    • Chuck

      Hopefully the tendonitis will pass and we will be seeing the Spider Woman sometime soon.

      February 24, 2013

  • mary s.

    sorry, some things came up so we can't make it.

    February 23, 2013

  • wendyWV

    Vehicle repair snafu, was looking forward to this too!

    February 23, 2013

  • Gloria

    Sorry Chuck:-( Another event got rescheduled.

    February 21, 2013

  • wendyWV

    any carpooling from gambrills area-ish? I have a car but would rather have company for the drive and dislike when a whole group shows up in individual vehicles :(

    February 19, 2013

  • mary s.

    Mary and Randy Strem are coming.

    February 18, 2013

  • Toni

    I was just thinking this morning that I hoped we would do this one again :)

    February 17, 2013

  • Gloria

    The bonsai museum is one of my all time favorite places!

    1 · February 17, 2013

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