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Cowling Arboretum at Carleton College

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Address: 100 S College St, Contiguous with the campus; either side of Highway 19, Northfield, MN 55057-4002
Phone Number: 507-646-5413

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Peaceful to Walk in, at Different Times of the Day

This is an arboretum of Carleton college and a managed wild-life refuge. It extends on either side of the main road, with many trails, all beautiful. Great for birding. Hunting is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2016
Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016 via mobile

It is not easy to navigate; even with a map. The trails are not well- marked and the only thing to tell you where you are going is if you stay on a paved trail. Pretty sightseeing though.

1 Thank Rachel C
Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

This is an arboretum of Carleton college and a managed wild-life refuge. It extends on either side of the main road, with many trails, all beautiful. Great for birding. Hunting is probably permitted in the winter months. The upper arboretum nearer the college leads to an elevated area with seating which has a lovely view of the area, fabulous at... More 

Thank blazar58
New Fairfield, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016

If you want to spend an afternoon on a leisurely walk through beautiful surroundings try the Cowling Arboretum. My days of running have passed but a stroll through this site will make you wish you could still run. This park is well maintained, there are abundant nature trails for you to discover, and the Carleton College buildings are architectural successes.... More 

Thank Tony M
Northfield, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

One can be as active as one wants as it is a great place for meandering through the tree lined paths; sit quietly at several spots to meditate and enjoy the beauty and silence; bring a buddy for a casual chat while you walk at a fairly quick pace; jog or do an outright run. Children can be free to... More 

1 Thank Claire P
Northfield, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

The Cowling Arb is a beautifully maintained piece of nature on the Carleton campus, following the river and incorporating a prairie in the lower portion, with mixed growth in the upper. It is open all seasons to hikers, dog-walkers (not great for skiers after their use!) and cross-country skiers in both the upper and lower sections. Wild flowers are prolific... More 

Thank Sharon D
Northfield, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

I love the arb. It's a great place for a run, with many trails to choose from. There has been a lot of work done recently to return it to its native state, so there are areas that are not as beautiful as they once were.

Thank Angi_55057
St. Paul, MN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

Perfect hike filled with peaceful beauty. Wide paved path. Stop at the Japanese garden to rest. Other little gems to see along the way.

Thank Jean G
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

The grounds people were very nice and helpful. We found a lovely spot that the first sermon and wedding that was performed in Northfields.

Thank Julie B
Fresno, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

The arboretum is a wonderful 900 acre expanse open to anyone for whatever reason they so please. It has over 20 miles of trails, multiple fields, and tons of awesome niche areas to explore. Its location right on the back of Carleton College's campus is convenient for all of the students.

Thank Alexander Y
Northfield, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

The "Arb" is a large aboretum with many trails (maps available at the Carleton bookstore) so you can vary your routes. Many areas are "restored" to prairie, but it is pleasure to use any time of the year.

Thank George C

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