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Cowling Arboretum at Carleton College

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100 S College St, Contiguous with the campus; either side of Highway 19, Northfield, MN 55057-4002
+1 507-646-5413
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The Arboretum, both upper and lower, provide peaceful walks even though you are within an urban... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Gmarie2013
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Northfield, Minnesota
"Forest Bathing" extraordinaire!

What a wonderful place to walk and enjoy nature! It has everything...a river running through it... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Pam J
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100 S College St, Contiguous with the campus; either side of Highway 19, Northfield, MN 55057-4002
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+1 507-646-5413
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Arboretum, both upper and lower, provide peaceful walks even though you are within an urban area. Some have remarked that they found the paths confusing. Before we leave our starting point we look up and find a tall landmark which we can use to...More

Thank Gmarie2013
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a wonderful place to walk and enjoy nature! It has everything...a river running through it, woodlands, prairie, hills and dale. It's a perfect spot to reflect and unwind and get a little exercise

Thank Pam J
Reviewed May 16, 2017

its a magical place ... trees, birds, squirrels and wide open spaces mixed with intimate twisting trails. hike, stroll, XC ski, or just plop down and sketch or take in what the bugs, birds, and bees are doing around you.

Thank oaklandexplorer2016
Reviewed April 26, 2017

This trail is handy for us to get out and exercise ourselves and our two dogs. There is a pleasant feel to the place and it is a well-kept trail. We enter from the east (back) side mainly so this might be the only review...More

Thank Nita W
Reviewed March 24, 2017

This is a great place to come to get away from it all. We actually got a little turned around out on the trails, but managed to find our way back to the parking lot after we found a map! Wear bug spray! Since some...More

Thank Lisa P
Reviewed January 17, 2017

I've hiked this trail with my two labs many times over the years. They keep adding more land and turning fields into prairies and woodland along the Cannon River.

Thank Larry V
Reviewed November 10, 2016

Walking around the Arb is a favorite past-time for locals as well as the Students and Staff. The grounds are beautiful and easy to traverse for a short or long walk.

Thank HappyTrvlrMn
Reviewed October 17, 2016

A beautiful location chosen by a nephew for his wedding. Young people ove the outdoors and it is accessible by elders as well.

Thank lover-of-new-places
Reviewed October 3, 2016 via mobile

As another review here noted, the navigation is a bit confusing. I also think that some parts of the arboretum are getting a bit overgrown. There were plants so tall around the benches , the views across the pond were heavily obstructed. Nevertheless, the setting...More

Thank ViajesdePanda
Reviewed September 2, 2016

We were on a college visit and took a run on the miles of trails through woods and fields. Nice varied terrain and I imagine the cross-country trails in the winter are amazing!

Thank Don D
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