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Cowling Arboretum at Carleton College

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Address: 100 S College Street, Contiguous with the campus; either side of Highway 19, Northfield, MN 55057
Phone Number: 507-646-5413
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The arboretum is a wonderful 900 acre expanse open to anyone for whatever reason they so please. It has over 20 miles of trails, multiple fields, and tons of awesome niche areas... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 13, 2015
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Fresno, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

The arboretum is a wonderful 900 acre expanse open to anyone for whatever reason they so please. It has over 20 miles of trails, multiple fields, and tons of awesome niche areas to explore. Its location right on the back of Carleton College's campus is convenient for all of the students.

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Northfield, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

The "Arb" is a large aboretum with many trails (maps available at the Carleton bookstore) so you can vary your routes. Many areas are "restored" to prairie, but it is pleasure to use any time of the year.

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Bend, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Our son graduated from Carleton and he only passed through the Arb a zillion times on his way to the gym or Ultimate practice. Not sure he ever saw it the way we did a few weeks ago. Perfect weather, tons of wildlife, other graduate parents wandering the paths. A great place to just decompress or relish the brilliant idea... More 

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St.Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Very pretty hike, for 10 minutes or a couple of hours. Can be combined with a visit to Carleton College, or just as a lovely place to walk.

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Lake Oswego, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

This arboretum is well worth a visit. There are wide trails leading through the woods and along the river. Download a map before you go--the arboretum office appears to be closed so there is very little information once you arrive.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

This is a great place to walk in a wonderful hardwood forest along the beautiful Cannon River. This is also a good birding location.

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Roseville, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

The advantage that Carleton and many rural colleges have is land. Their campus isn't the absolute prettiest in the country, but it is spacious. The Arb, as another reviewer has said, isn't really an arboretum in the sense that the University of Minnesota has an arboretum (about an hour's drive to the northwest)--it isn't a carefully maintained collection of trees... More 

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Northfield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Owned and maintained by Carleton College, "The Arb" is open to the public. It is divided by Highway 19--the Lower Arb runs along the Cannon River and the Upper Arb is at a slightly higher elevation just to the east. While both sides of The Arb are nice, I prefer the Lower Arb because it is larger and has more... More 

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East Setauket, New York
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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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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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