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“Petfriendly, friendly staff, and unique park” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Adkins Arboretum

Adkins Arboretum
Herndon
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93 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Petfriendly, friendly staff, and unique park”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2013

The arboretum is very unique. It has gravel trails and grassy trails that guide you through the arboretum. There are signs indicating which trail you are on, but without the printed map to accompany the signs, they can be confusing.

The park is divided into approximately 1/3 trees with gravel trails, 1/3 tall grass and scrubs with grassy trail, and 1/3 trees in the woods with dirty trails. I highly recommend wearing hiking shoes or athletic shoes. Sandals are not recommended because your feet can get very dirty from the dirt and gravel.

I went in early October and there was no bugs. During other time of the year, recommend preparing yourself with bug spray. Not to worry, if you forgot the bug spray, the arboretum is kindly to provide some. Once you exit the visitor center/gift shop where you pay for your admission, you will find bottles of bug spray available for you to use. The restaurant is also in the visitor center/gift shop. If you are traveling with your pets, pets are welcome and please pick up after your pet.

The arboretum also has a fenced in area for goats. There was a family of goats when I was there, and my dog just loved them as they loved my dog. The second they noticed my dog was approaching, the goats came out of their little house and started slowly walking toward us. They were curious, and my little dog wanted to play with them. That was the highlight of our visit.

Visited October 2013
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English first
Houston, Texas
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131 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
“Absolutely worth the visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2013

Start at the informative visitor center, ask questions, and get a map. Staff are very helpful and can steer you in the direction best for what you are hoping to see. Visit the website, too, as they have many interesting activities for families, groups, and individuals, including classes. Worth the small entry fee, and a great supplement to a visit to nearby Tuckahoe State Park (which is free).

Visited April 2013
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Carlisle, PA
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199 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“Great spot for birding”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2013

This nature facility may just be the most well maintained that my wife and I have ever seen. The trail system is extensive, through many types of habitats, and is well-marked, mowed, and graded. There are many intersecting trails, so make sure you take along a visitor guide and map. The differing habitats (meadows, forests, wetlands, streams) produce a variety of birds and plants. It's a great place for a hike of any length, and easy for all ages to handle. Also check out the well-stocked visitor center store.

Visited May 2013
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Usa
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15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great nature walk”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

Adkins has a great program where you can combine a nature walk with a lunch. During lunch, a person usually speaks about the ingredients or nature. The walking trails are very doable...not too strenuous. You can spot lots of birds and can spend as much time as you would like there.

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Maryland, USA
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“A place for nature lovers”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2012

There are lovely walks through the woods here and a small stream with frogs and fish. Native plants are for sale in season. Note that there is a small charge to enter.

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