Explore the Grounds

Running at the Arboretum

The sights, sounds, and smells that change with each season—as well as the safe roads and varied terrain—make the Arboretum a runner’s paradise year-round.

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Running at the Arboretum

Countless runners take advantage of the nine miles of scenic paved roads that wind through the West and East Side, creating a beautiful running course. The most common run loops are the outer 4.5-mile loop on the East Side and the 2.9-mile loop around the outer West Side.

Running is allowed on the roadways, although only walkers are permitted on trails. Please travel against the flow of car traffic, and keep as far right on the road (in your direction of travel) as possible. A map with distances is available at the Visitor Center information desk if you have questions about the Arboretum’s roadways.

When running with a group, please keep your group no more than two runners wide.

Runners may change clothes in the West Pavillion and are free to use the restrooms, as well as purchase water and food in the Visitor Center. Please note that lockers are not available for public use and runners should be prepared to secure their belongings.

Want to run during members-only hours? Become a member and run on the grounds between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. daily.


Interested in supporting the Arboretum by running in a race? There are several opportunities to run at—or with—the Arboretum every year.

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