Morton Arboretum (East Hike)

  • October 27, 2012 · 10:00 AM
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We will meet in front of the visitor's center.  Organizer will be holding a Meetup Sign. We will begin hiking at 10:15 am or sooner, if every one is present. We will walk to Big Rock Visitor Station, where our hike begins. 

PLEASE CHECK IN WITH THE ORGANIZER, WHEN YOU ARRIVE.

The Morton Arboretum is a smoke-free environment. No smoking is allowed indoors or outdoors within the Arboretum.

Directions: From Chicago, take I-290 West to I-88. Follow I-88 for 10.5 miles until reaching IL. 53. The entrance to Morton Arboretum is just a quarter mile north on IL. 53, on the right.

Length: 5 miles

Configuration: 2 connected loops

Difficulty: Easy Scenery: Mostly covered

Surface: Woodchips, dirt Hiking

Time: 2.5 hours

Access: April-October (when Daylight Savings Time is in effect), 7 am- 7 pm November-March, 7 am - 5 pm

Facilities: Restrooms, benches, picnic tables, water, visitor center, cafe, arboretum shop, public phone

Maps: Maps available from the attendant at the gate.

Want to check out trees from places such as Korea or Appalachia? Or maybe you'd like to see a sampling of the 43 types of oak trees and 60 types of maple trees that grow here. Tree lovers could be kept busy for weeks exploring hundreds of types of trees grouped according to geographical origin, species, and habitat. Trees, however, are just part of the appeal of this place. The gently rolling terrain offers plenty of scenic beauty in the way of native woodlands, savannas, streams, marshes, and ponds.

Arboretum Admission Fees

$12 Adults ages 18–64 ($8 Wednesdays*)
$11 Seniors ages 65+ ($7 Wednesdays*)
$9 Youth ages 2–17 ($6 Wednesdays*)

*Wednesdays are discount admission!

Children under 2 are free Admission includes FREE parking! Members always enter for free with valid membership credentials

Visitor Center 9 a.m.-4 p.m. January-February 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March-April 9 a.m.-6 p.m. May-October 9 a.m.-5 p.m. November-December Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve at 3 p.m., and Christmas Day The West Pavilion of the Visitor Center for restroom access, Daily 7 a.m.-sunset 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanx for organizing hike, Enid...it was fun!

    October 29, 2012

  • Ken

    Very nice.

    October 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great hike. Beautiful weather. Great bunch of people. Glenn lead the way, and he did an excellent job. Great wine tasting and beautiful gift shop in the Visitor's Center.

    October 27, 2012

  • KJ

    Great day and great group of people

    October 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I aggrevated my foot yesterday so I might not be there due to the length of the hike. I was really looking forward.to it but I'll see u at the Spring hike....

    October 26, 2012

  • Glenn

    Was at the Arboretum yesterday and it was packed, looks like about 20 parking spots at the Big Rock Visitor Station. I would suggest carpool and get there as early as possible. I have 1 extra free admission if you would like to ride in with me.

    October 21, 2012

    • Glenn

      I think 9:45 would be good.

      October 22, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      hey i originally signed up ut now i have to work.. sorry i can't be there

      October 23, 2012

  • Ken

    To Kelly - Yes, I'll be at the Main Visitors Center at 9:45am as I don't know where the Big Rock sation is located. And it seems as though there is inadequate parking at Big Rock.

    October 22, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    So I plan to be at the main vis. center ar 945, ok?

    October 22, 2012

  • Ken

    Meeting at the Visitor's Center sounds good. I haven't been to the Arboretum in awhile so the VC is easy to find and with ample parking. Is that the plan? Please advise. Thanks.

    October 22, 2012

  • Glenn

    Just in case you didn't know, you have to pay the admission fee before you park.

    October 21, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Favorite place to walk/bike...See you there!

    October 21, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wanted to join you but have to work:( have fun!

    September 10, 2012

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