U.S. National Arboretum (Metro Accessible)
An Easy 3.5 or 7.3 Mile Sneaker Hike!
Join us for this sneaker hike and see the area most botanically diverse hiking venue!
We visit the arboretum once per season to enjoy the great biodiversy that is offered.
This hike consists of two wiggly loops totaling 7.3 miles. We will start with the flatter of the two, the 3.7 mile loop and finish with a 3.6 loop. Neither are very hilly and the pace will be one meant for us to take our time enjoying the sites and not about speed. We will be wandering around the gardens as a group and taking in what nature has to offer. Please do not come on this hike if you are worried about maintaining a certain pace.
What's Blooming While We Visit (We Visit Once Per Season)
Peaking in Mid July (approximate):
Early July: Water-lilies, hibiscus ,crapemyrtles, conifers, daylilies, boxwood, herbs, annuals, sweet pepperbush, pepper collection, meadow and prairie wildflowers, hostas, hydrangeas
Asian Valley in the Asian Collections, Friendship Garden, National Bonsai and Penjing Museum, National Boxwood Collection, Gotelli Dwarf and Slow-Growing Conifer Collection, Knot Garden in the National Herb Garden, Morrison Garden in the Azalea Collections, Holly and Magnolia Collections
Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Washington
Distance: 7.3 miles with shorter options available so there is something for everyone. There is a loop that is 3.6 and a loop that is 3.7 in a figure eight so we will be right where we park between the two loops for anyone wanting a shorter hike!
Difficulty:Easy-Moderate depending on wether you go on the 3.6 or 7.3 loop only due to distance and one long hill on the second loop.
Scenery: Woodlands, open spaces, exotic plants, and odd structures
Trail Surface: Mostly paved; some dirt, gravel, concrete, grass, mulch
Hiking Time: 4-6 hours (allowing for lingering to take in the sights)
Facilities: Toilets, water at administration building; toilets at Arbor House and (warm weather months only) near National Grove of State Trees and in Asian Collections.
Configuration: Modified Loop
Trail Type: Loop
Local Maps:USGS Washington East
There are 3 carpools for this hike!
Baltimore Area Carpool
To carpool or caravan from the Baltimore metro area, meet at Savage Station. Click here for directions to Savage Station.
Annapolis Area Carpool
To carpool or caravan from the Annapolis area , meetup at the Harbour Center Mall Starbucks. Click here for Annapolis carpool directions for getting to the carpool location.
VA East Area Carpool (Fairfax Area METRO)
People can also arrange to meet at the Vienna/Fairfax Metro Station. Click here for directions to Vienna/Fairfax Metro Station.
If you can drive or want to carpool from additional locations, please post your location in the comment section below. For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment - by just offering a ride!
Directions to the Trailhead
Click here for directions to the Arboretum and where we meet once you arrive including METRO directions.
Hike Meetup Time is at 9:00 a.m.
Carpool meetup time at Savage Station is 8:00 a.m.
Vienna/Fairfax Metro Station 7:45 a.m.
Carpoool Time for Annapolis Area is 8:00 a.m.
Fido is Welcome on this Hike!
Please remember we are a social hiking group that values fellowship and camaraderie and practice good hike etiquette. We take breaks as necessary and have at least one guide in the front in addition to a "sweeper" in the back which helps ensure that no hiker is left behind. If you get upset because someone has to rest at the top of a hill etc. then find another group! We are very supportive, encouraging, and focus on safety while getting or staying fit on the trail and practicing Leave No Trace outdoor ethics.
Let's have good times and see you on the trail!
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