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Hiking Trails

Plan a visit to hike one of our many hiking trails! On site, we have 16 miles of trails, 7.5 miles of which are Mountain Bike Trails. Find a description of each trail below, along with locations and hours.

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Locations and Hours of Trails

West Side Trails 

Trailhead behind Nature Center (801 Elks Road).

Tuesday-Saturday, 9am-5pm.

Blue Trail: Approximately 0.75 miles. Dirt hiking trail that ends in the Nature Playscape. Includes the Oak-Tulip Experiment Forest, the Old Growth Forest, and the Research Pond. 

Yellow Trail: Approximately 1.0 miles. Dirt loop hiking trail that includes the Oak-Tulip Experiment Forest, Salamander Stream, and the Woodland Chapel (via a side trail). 

Red Trail: Approximately 1.0 miles. Dirt loop hiking trail that includes both forest and grassy areas, along with the Mildred S. Hayes Memorial. 

Auto Tour: Approximately 2.8 miles. Gravel loop trail that includes the Morton Arch, the Old Growth Forest, the Oak-Tulip Experiment Forest, Salamander Stream, the Woodland Chapel, the Hayes House, and the Native Woody Plant Preserve.


Springhouse Trail: 0.25 miles. A short gravel trail that is only accessible by first hiking other routes. Includes Salamander Stream, the Mabelle Hayes Fern Garden, and the Springhouse.

East Side Trails 

Trailhead at the parking lot on Hayes Arboretum Road and Woodside Drive.

Everyday, dawn to dusk.

Orange Hiking Trail: Approximately 1.5 miles. Gravel hiking trail loop that includes Scott's Pond and Hayes Arboretum Mound.

Hayes Arboretum is a private property and certified forest, meaning that the collection or hunting of natural materials - including, but not limited to mushrooms, flowers, plants, and animals - is prohibited without the permission of Hayes Arboretum Staff. Please follow these instructions and stay on the trails. Help us protect the forest for future generations. Thank you! 

Download a Hiking Trail Map Here


Hike Together!

Don't like to hike alone? Or maybe you are looking for new place to go? Join the American Discovery Trail Hiking Club as they hike every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at many locations. To learn more, including a schedule of hikes with the ADTHC, click here

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