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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
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Lake Oswego, Oregon
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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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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75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
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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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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 via mobile

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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37 helpful votes 37 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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37 helpful votes 37 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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20 attraction reviews
166 helpful votes 166 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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