Nichols Arboretum

Nichols Arboretum of Washtenaw County, Michigan

Hiking the Nichols ArboretumCross country skiing the Nichols Arboretum

Trail Distance:

3.5 miles long

Trail Description:

Nichols Arboretum (123 acres, 49.7 hectares) is an arboretum operated by the University of Michigan, and located on the eastern edge of its Central Campus at 1610 Washington Heights in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The arboretum is open daily until 10:00PM, without charge. The arboretum was designed in 1906 by O. C. Simonds; many of its plantings date to the 1920s and 1930s. It is particularly known for its Peony Collection, Heathdale Collection (species primarily from Appalachia), and the Dow Prairie.

The arboretum is popularly known as "the Arb." Students flock to the Arb for a variety of outdoor activities, such as jogging and picnicking. During winter, students have been known to go sledding in the Arb using cafeteria trays pilfered from university dining halls. The Arb has been the site of dramatic performances such as A Midsummer Night's Dream.

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