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Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

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Address: 780 University Blvd Msc 3705, At James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA 22807-1020
Phone Number: (540) 568-3194
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A short step to quiet.

Students were moving into James Madison University the day I visited and traffic was nuts. I was not sure how to get into the Arboretum, so parked in a strip mall and walked... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Lori Z
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Students were moving into James Madison University the day I visited and traffic was nuts. I was not sure how to get into the Arboretum, so parked in a strip mall and walked, turns it there are a couple lots in the Arborteum. Once I got onto a path, the hustle and bustle of the traffic and the noise disappeared.... More 

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Thank Lori Z
ArboretumGail, Public Relations Manager at Edith J. Carrier Arboretum, responded to this review

Hello Quietude lover! We are very glad you discovered JMU's and the sour-rounding area's four season wonderland. Nestled right in the middle of hustle and bustle, a 125 acre nature preserve is quite at gift. The arboretum is open 365 days a year, dawn to dusk, for free. Check out our website gallery pages to see what you will find... More 

Mcgaheysville
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is tranquil please to spend a few hours just relaxing by yourself or with the family , Ducks ,flowers and trees a small lake and benches .

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Thank Enrique M
ArboretumGail, Public Relations Manager at Edith J. Carrier Arboretum, responded to this review

Hi Enrique M. We are glad you discovered the arboretum... and thank you for rating the arboretum. We hope you'll visit again soon. Let us know how we can help to make your visit even better next time. We love 5 ratings. Somehow we missed that mark for your visit to this lovely, free, public nature preserve in the heart... More 

VA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The arboretum is beautiful with its plants and water features. I want to come back when I have more time to explore some of the trails.

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Harrisonburg, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I enjoy visiting the arboretum in the spring. I love the variety of flowers, the walking trails, and the pond. It's a great place to reflect and meditate. The benches provide a great place to rest, and the statuary placed throughout the area adds a bit of charm. It's always clean, a great place to get centered and grounded away... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wow what an amazing place!!! The beauty that surrounds you as you walk the paths. The plants and trees have plaques to help you identify all the many varieties!! The grounds are So well maintained!!This is a must see!! It's free to the public. And a great way to spend an afternoon!!

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ArboretumGail, Public Relations Manager at Edith J. Carrier Arboretum, responded to this review

We are very glad you have discovered the arboretum at JMU. We hope you will visit often. Taking walks at the arboretum... is good for you in more ways than one! More 

Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a very nice place to stop. There are trails to walk on. Lots of interesting trees and plants to see. The bridges are nice and the pond area is beautiful. The kids loved seeing turtles, ducks and fish. This is a very nicely done park and extremely well maintained. I recommend it as a stop while in Harrisonburg.

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Thank 1BeachMomma1
ArboretumGail, Public Relations Manager at Edith J. Carrier Arboretum, responded to this review

We are very glad you discovered JMU's arboretum. Many people traveling the I-81 interstate make the arboretum a place to stop, stretch the legs, give the traveling dogie a walk and rest break too, and more. Many folks believe as you mentioned in your review, that the arboretum is a park. But it's not. Actually an arboretum is a plant... More 

Charlottesville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Though today was my first visit, I'll be returning again and again. This is a lucky find. It's a veritable oasis of beauty. In today's leisurely meander, I saw a waterfall, ducks, a turtle and a delightful variety of flowers. I can't wait to see what treasures will be found during my next visit.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

The Arboretum is one of my favorite places in Harrisonburg... you won't believe it's within the city limits because you will feel like you're out hiking in a national park! The caretakers do an amazing job of keeping the trails in pristine condition (they are covered in nice mulch). They also offer a variety of guided tours and activities throughout... More 

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Thank Matthew K
ArboretumGail, Public Relations Manager at Edith J. Carrier Arboretum, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. We are glad you enjoy the arboretum. More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016 via mobile

One of the hidden gems of the Harrisonburg area, literally across the street from the JMU campus. There are a variety of features, including a pond and rock paths, as well as numerous wooded paths. Definitely worth a visit on a nice day.

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Thank David W
ArboretumGail, Public Relations Manager at Edith J. Carrier Arboretum, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. We are glad you have discovered the arboretum, which is actually on the JMU campus. We are a living sciences outdoor laboratory and outdoor classroom for natural sciences, education, art, psychology, and many more degree fields at JMU. Isn't it great that JMU also makes the arboretum open and available, free to the public 365 days... More 

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

This arboretum was well worth the trip. Pretty flowers, trees and wildlife. Nice walking path. There were also trails but we will wait until fall to enjoy those.

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ArboretumGail, Public Relations Manager at Edith J. Carrier Arboretum, responded to this review

We are glad you visited. Thanks for your review! More 

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