Arboretum roads and trails

Whether self-propelled or motorized, there are several ways to explore the Arboretum, each offering unique views of majestic landscapes.


Acorn Express tram tours

Experience the beauty of The Morton Arboretum's 1,700 acres on a guided tram tour. This one-hour ride winds you through the Arboretum's woodlands, wetlands, and prairie while listening to a narrated tour. LEARN MORE

Car or Motorcycle

Oneway, paved roads on both the East and West sides make for a leisurely drive through many of the natural wonder of the Arboretum.  33 parking lots are conveniently located along the way to stop and get a close up look of the collections and highlights.  


The sights, sounds, and smells that change with the season, as well as the safe roads and varied terrain, make the Arboretum a runner's paradise year-round.  LEARN MORE


Bike nine miles of paved roads that wind through the magnificent tree collections. Hop on a bicycle, and explore our expansive grounds in a new and adventurous way all year-round, weather permitting.  LEARN MORE  



Many visitors prefer to hike throughout The Morton Arboretum because it lets them experience nature up close, in new and intimate ways. The Arboretum maintains trails just for hiking, or walking, or strolling—for the express purpose of allowing people a serene experience among the trees.  LEARN MORE

Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing

Embrace the snowy season and trek through the 1,700 acres of The Morton Arboretum’s winter wonderland on skis or snowshoes. Visitors are invited to bring their own cross-country skis or snowshoes to explore the grounds from 7 a.m. to sunset when there is 4" or more of snow on the ground. Seasonal rentals are also available at the Visitor Center. LEARN MORE

Wheel chairs and strollers