The North Carolina Arboretum TRACK Trail follows the Natural Garden Trail and loops through the gardens. The Natural Garden Trail is a 1 mile hike through a mixed hardwood forest. The trail through the formal gardens is 0.3 miles. The entire TRACK Trail is an easy 1.3 mile loop.
Visit the Baker Exhibit Center to borrow a Discovery Pack to aid you in your adventure. And, stop by the Nature Discovery Room on the Education Center ground floor to learn more about the plants and animals of this area.
The North Carolina Arboretum is a 434-acre public garden located within the Bent Creek Experimental Forest. Surrounded by lush folds of the botanically diverse Southern Appalachian Mountains, The North Carolina Arboretum is adjacent to the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, at Milepost 393, and is nestled in one of the most beautiful natural settings in America. Formal gardens, seasonal exhibits, a Bonsai collection, a cafe, gift shop and more are available at the Arboretum.
The North Carolina Arboretum has a $14 per vehicle fee for entry. Funds are used to maintain the grounds and sustain the future of the Arboretum.
Adventures for The North Carolina Arboretum
Nature's Hide & SeekDifficulty:
NC Arboretum: Turtle TalesDifficulty:
The North Carolina Arboretum does not charge admission per person. Parking is $14 per personal vehicle, free for members.
For directions please visit ncarboretum.org
The TRACK Trail program is sponsored by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation.
The North Carolina Arboretum TRACK Trail was made possible through a partnership between The North Carolina Arboretum and The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation's Kids in Parks Program.