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Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

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Address: 780 University Blvd, MSC 3705, At James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA 22807
Phone Number: (540) 568-3194
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Beautiful and relaxing

So worth a visit. They have done such a good job with this arboretum and you could spend hours here. We enjoyed it even on a warm summer evening. Look for the poetry basket where... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
carolinacalm
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Richmond, Virginia
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Richmond, Virginia
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34 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

So worth a visit. They have done such a good job with this arboretum and you could spend hours here. We enjoyed it even on a warm summer evening. Look for the poetry basket where you can leave your own work. Magical place!

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ArboretumGail, Manager at Edith J. Carrier Arboretum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are grateful for your five star review! More 

Harrisonburg, Virginia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

It is such a treasure to have this area available to Harrisonburg residents. Forest in town with well laid out paths from down right easy to a bit of a climb.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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38 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

On the surface, this small arboretum is little more than a sliver of woods on a hillside that is otherwise surrounded by housing development and the east campus of James Madison University. But it is so much more. This city park is used by fitness enthusiasts, nature buffs and solace seekers alike. One of the best parts of the arboretum... More 

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Hagerstown, Maryland
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352 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

We visited here and there was work being done on this park. We still were able to walk the trails and we can see that this ust be an absolutely gorgeous place when it is in full bloom and when there are not land excavation equipment and such working diligently! We have vowed to come back and see the finished... More 

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ArboretumGail, Manager at Edith J. Carrier Arboretum, responded to this review

You are right that the arboretum is beautiful in its growing and fall season. Please visit our website jmu.edu/arboretum photo galleries to know what the arboretum looks like in other seasons when you might want to come again. And, yes, the arboretum will be far more lovely when the heavy equipment is gone! Our pond and streams were just renovated. More 

Bridgewater, Virginia
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

A beautiful place to walk, relax, meditate. A large variety of native plants and trees, some of which are sold in the spring. There are benches available to sit on, and a small pond in the middle. This located adjacent to JMU campus, so it is within walking distance for students. The only disadvantage is the lack of parking nearby.... More 

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Harrisonburg
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

This is the place to go if you want if a you want the feeling of getting away without leaving town. I go here often for a picnic, walk through the woods or just to sit by the pond.

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ArboretumGail, Manager at Edith J. Carrier Arboretum, responded to this review

We say the arboretum is the best place for "restoration recreation." Glad you enjoyed visiting. More 

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16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015 via mobile

We are only in town for a night, as a midway stop on a longer trip. We're traveling with our dog and wanted all of us to get some exercise. We walked for about 40 min, including time walking in a labyrinth. Trails are mostly gravel and dirt. Some incline on the parameter trails. You can make your hike shorter... More 

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Ithaca, New York
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

Nice area for a walk. It was winter so not much in the way of vegetation to look at. However, the trails were nice.

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ArboretumGail, Owner at Edith J. Carrier Arboretum, responded to this review

Please do come back and re-rate the arboretum in the growing season when you can enjoy the displays of native forest wildflowers! Check out the arboretum website galleries of spring, summer and fall photos. jmu.edu/aroretum Or go to our What's In Bloom page under the Education Tab on the main menubar, to see how many beautiful blooming plants, shrubs and... More 

Virginia Beach, Virginia
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81 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

We stopped here for a morning stroll before hitting the road. Were we ever pleased. This arboretum is gorgeous, well maintained, and easy to get to. We took many, many photos to remember this experience.

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Woodbridge, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

My sister and I took my mother, who is in an assisted-living facility in Harrisonburg, on a walk around the lake. We enjoyed the flowers. A nice family outing.

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