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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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A Great Treasure in Virginia

The Edith J Carrier Arboretum at James Madison University is outstanding by any measure. The landscaping, the ponds, the gardens, and the forest combine to give an appreciation of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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Annandale, Virginia
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Annandale, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

The Edith J Carrier Arboretum at James Madison University is outstanding by any measure. The landscaping, the ponds, the gardens, and the forest combine to give an appreciation of plant life and the magic it brings to our lives. Please take some time to relax and reflect on the magnificent gardens, plants, and their harmony in the arboretum. If you... More 

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Penn Laird, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

This is one of my favorite places to walk. There is something blooming early spring through late fall. The trails are immaculately kept but retain a natural feeling.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Whether with kids, spouse, bf/gf, or even by yourself, such a beautiful place to come to at any time of year. Lots of paths to walk and enjoy nature.

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Rhinebeck NY
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Just happened to drive by after dinner and had read about it on this site. I stopped a went for a nice brisk walk. It is a small arboretum but a nice respite from the shopping centers in my hotel's neighborhood. Paths were well kept, either wood chips or gravel. I noticed some wheelchair accessible pathways.

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Harrisonburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

I visited on a beautiful warm day. A day just perfect for walking and the arboretum didn't disappoint! I wasn't able to stay long because I forgot to bring water for my dog...which brings me to a suggestion. I saw water fountains for kids and adults. Something for dogs would be a nice addition, especially since otherwise the garden and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

An easy walk from the Fairfield Inn. The gardens and walking trails are well maintained. Maps of the trails are provided and various locations throughout the Arboretum. More signage on the trails would have been helpful for first-timers. If you pay attention you won't get lost.

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Front Royal, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Located near JMU, this serene park offers a variety of natural floral and aquatic displays. Parking is convenient and grounds are maintained beautifully.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Beautiful place to see. I mean it is even free ! We attended a small wedding and the stairs the bride came down made it all even more romantic. All ages would enjoy. The hike might be tough if physically not able to walk the whole area. Gravel dirt trails and steps so not handicap accessible that I could see.... More 

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DeWitt, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

When surrounded by a lot of options for tourists to spend their money, it's nice to have a place that is free to the public to enjoy.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The trails are mulch and there weren't so many beautiful colors as in the picture. We seen squirrels and birds and got to buy feed for the ducks which would eat out of our hands. There were also fish in the pond to feed. My son loved that part but wasn't very into the scenery.

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