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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 Lovely Surprise

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... read more

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

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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Culpeper, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Free, easy parking, professional landscaping in a natural setting with manicured trails. Plenty of shade for those refreshing summer walks.

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Harrisonburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

I and my dog Brady travel the paths of the JMU Aboretum almost every day of the year. While Brady frolics down the various lanes and discovers new plants and smells, I quietly observe Nature change through the four seasons, noting barely visible fronds of ferns in Spring, newly planted black eyed Susans in summer, breath-taking tree and shrub colors... More 

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Morgantown, West Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

The arboretum is just off I-81 and easy to find. I started at the part of the arboretum where the little pond and visitors' center are located. There are a number of beautiful flower beds in well-maintained beds in that area with many day lilies. The paths are made of wood chips and in great shape. I did not have... More 

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Harrisonburg, Virginia, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This is a very quiet and relaxing place to stroll (a deep breath in the middle of a busy town), take photos, and do nothing with your sweetheart/ or by yourself. It's lovely any time of year.

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Address: 780 University Blvd, MSC 3705, At James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA 22807
Phone Number: (540) 568-3194
Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Harrisonburg

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