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Cowling Arboretum at Carleton College

100 S College Street, Contiguous with the campus; either side of Highway 19, Northfield, MN 55057
507-646-5413
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Ranked #2 of 6 attractions in Northfield
Type: Gardens
Most recent review
- Jun 27, 2014
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East Setauket, New York
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40 reviews 40 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

The Cowling Arboretum at Carleton College is the place to seek if you want to be alone with nature. You walk or run on a long winding path through the woods and can view prairie plantings along the way. It's very soothing to the soul.

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Northfield, Minnesota, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Our family has been enjoying the Carleton Arboretum for years and years. We have hiked, run, cross-country skiied, and fished on the banks of the Cannon River there. A jewel right on the edge of Northfield's historic downtown, in the Carleton College campus!

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Northfield, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Paved trails...or dirt/sand trails...woods and prairie land. Safe and close to town with lots of parking.

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Northfield, Minnesota
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41 reviews 41 reviews
18 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

OK, so these are my running trails and cross country ski trails. I'm partial . But whenever I come back from travels I am again amazed at what a treasure the "Arb" is. Fifteen kilometers of ski trails and miles of connected trails wandering through a delightful array of habitat. Bringing back the prairie and oak savanna is a mighty... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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11 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

Not really an Arboretum - just a woods/savanna - nice place to get some nature near Carleton College

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Portland, Oregon
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60 reviews 60 reviews
18 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

Every time I visited our son at Carleton I'd head over to the Arb for a walk. It's peaceful. Beautiful. No matter which season. Spotted a few deer, lots of ducks, other birds and more than a few squirrels. Not to mention runners, other walkers and a few friendly dogs. There are several well-maintained trails. It's a lovely way to... More

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Northfield, Minnesota
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41 reviews 41 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

Carleton's "Arb" as the locals call it, is a fantastic way to spend a morning or afternoon. The Arb is frequented by walkers, runners, skiers, or people who just really want to sit and enjoy nature. Easy to get to, good parking, beautiful place.

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Metropolis
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36 reviews 36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012

I especially like a good run in the lower arb on a cool, crisp morning with small animals are sitting on the path at every turn. Unfortunately, a muggy July morning this past week didn't quite fit that profile, but regardless of the weather, the trail is always a welcome opportunity to enjoy nature and get a little exercise in... More

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St.Paul, Minnesota
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189 helpful votes 189 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2012

This is a great to walk, explore with little kids, with a loved one, or by yourself. It's a FREE beautiful resource, maintained by Carleton. We saw a muskrat and ducks, but what we really saw was the Cannon River, trees and lovely nature.

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San Francisco, California
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2011

Cowling is already a beautiful place, but they are restoring the native prairie, and that will make it even nicer . . .

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