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Address: 153 Hospital St., Augusta, ME 04332 (Formerly Pine Tree State Arboretum)
Phone Number: +1 207-626-7989
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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Over 200 labeled species of trees, shrubs and "Space Trees" (from...

Over 200 labeled species of trees, shrubs and "Space Trees" (from seed that traveled on the Space Shuttle) are on display at this 224-acre garden. The grounds are open dawn to dusk, seven days a week. There are six miles of trails, all marked and signed, and the largest outdoor sculpture display in Maine. Trail maps are available at the trailhead kiosk. A good introductory trail is the one to Viles Pond, which takes one through the hosta garden, past the rock garden, and to Viles Pond, often alive with birds, dragonflies, and frogs croaking. Depending on how long one lingers to enjoy the sights, this one mile trail takes about 45 minutes. Dogs are allowed on the trails, on a leash at all times. Pet owners must pick up after their dogs.

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lovely trails and sculptures

The arboretum has some excellent collections of trees and an amazing hosta garden. There are scupltures, many for sale, scattered through the fields and woods. walking is good... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 20, 2016
Andy T
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Portland, Maine

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Augusta, Maine
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5 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great for elderly or toddler trail walkers, couples who want to wander about holding hands. Lots of highly polished rocks lying about with price tags costing more than the average mortgage. Very few of which can be identified even with the cutesy name tags. The rocks were very well cared for, as opposed to the farm machinery. Lots of parking... More 

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Portland, Maine
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31 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016

The arboretum has some excellent collections of trees and an amazing hosta garden. There are scupltures, many for sale, scattered through the fields and woods. walking is good, as is skiing in the winter.

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Thank Andy T
Augusta, Maine
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

There is a wide variety of walking trails - through a marsh, through fields and through woods. Many of the species of trees, flowers, and bushes are heirloom and there are signs throughout the area with information about each. There are also many types of wildlife - birds, woodchucks, reptiles, squirrels. Trails are clearly marked and each season brings a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

This is my go to place for when I seek tranquility. Plenty of trails through woods and gardens. Every time I go there seems to be a new piece of sculpture popping up. In winter the ski trails are well groomed offering a variety to different skill levels. I am fortunate to live so close by.

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

You can get quite a hike in wandering thru the paths here. There are well groomed varieties of over 100 different Hosta..and areas that are simply unspoiles and left as nature created. Wear sneakers and take a camera, as birds, wild turkeys-even an occasional deer may be spotted.

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Venice, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful location for strolling through the woods. Love the heirloom apple trees and even saw a woodchuck. The trails are peaceful with a nice variety of trees. It is a splendid place for peace and quiet however it could use a little more TLC, i.e. bench repair by the pond and weeding. The visitor center was closed so didn't get... More 

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Augusta, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2016

The arboretum has lots of small trails to explore and has some amazing landscaping. I find the hosta garden interesting to see how many varieties exist and thrive in Maine. The trails aren't very long, but they are nice.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed our exploration of Viles Arboretum. Although most would visit in late spring or summer when the plants and flowers are in full color we delighted in the quiet bareness where seed pods were finished bursting open and leaves crunched under our feet. A bit wet on some of the paths but there was some adventure in looking for... More 

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Thank Kellengarrett
Augusta, Maine
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2016

There is no fee to enter! I have hiked here a few times during the year but not in winter. The hiking trails are well-maintained and wind around flower beds, over streams, and through outdoor sculptures. If you geocache, there a few within the area; however, some bushwhacking is in order! The trails are used for cross-country skiing, but there... More 

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Chelsea, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2016

I have been here more than once and in various seasons. There are plenty of trails so I never feel crowded. It is a great place to just walk and enjoy Maine outdoors. I saw a deer down in the woods one time. I love to snowshoe here. The arboretum has great signage to keep you from losing your way... More 

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