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Best Spring Hikes

Woodland path with redbuds in bloom
March 29, 2019
Woodland wildflowers. Look for Virginia bluebells, red trillium, spring beauty, Dutchman’s breeches, and other wildflowers on a hike in the East Woods. Starting at Parking Lot 8, hike the Joined Loop 3 & 4 up to Parking Lot 12.
The history of the land. The 1.3 mile Heritage Trail follows the path of history. A giant boulder, Big Rock, was left by the long-ago glacier. Great old bur oaks and walnuts recall the lives of Native Americans who lived in their shade.  The trail starts and ends at the Big Rock Visitor Station (P-13).
Joy Path and the West Side. Start at the Thornhill Education Center (P-21) and follow Joy Path south. It will take you past gardens, as well as flowering crabapples, magnolias, and pears. When you meet a road, follow it east to the Main Route and back to Thornhill.
Azaleas and rhododendrons. Shrubs are in their glory along East Side Main Loop 1, which passes azaleas, rhododendrons, honeysuckles, and viburnums. You can start the mile-long route at P-2 or P-5.
A brief stroll. A half-mile walk around Lake Marmo, starting at P-27 or P-28, will take you past redbuds and bluebells.
Find a map of the Arboretum’s trails at mortonarb.org/visit.