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“Great place for the family!”

Cowling Arboretum at Carleton College
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

Our family has been enjoying the Carleton Arboretum for years and years. We have hiked, run, cross-country skiied, and fished on the banks of the Cannon River there. A jewel right on the edge of Northfield's historic downtown, in the Carleton College campus!

Thank Connie D
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Reviewed 25 November 2013 via mobile

Paved trails...or dirt/sand trails...woods and prairie land. Safe and close to town with lots of parking.

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Reviewed 2 August 2013

OK, so these are my running trails and cross country ski trails. I'm partial . But whenever I come back from travels I am again amazed at what a treasure the "Arb" is. Fifteen kilometers of ski trails and miles of connected trails wandering through a delightful array of habitat. Bringing back the prairie and oak savanna is a mighty task and Carleton has done a phenomenal job of it over the last two decades. Get a map and wander for two or three days. The upper arb is bikeable but the lower arb is only for walkers and runners. But you'll want to stop again and again to listen for birds -- many species of which have found their way back into the prairie as it expands. And the upper arb spills into the college campus, so make sure you take a stroll along the Lyman Lakes. There is a labyrinth on one of the islands that should have its own review. You'll see it if you park on the left along Highway 19 at the entrance of the lower arb. Cross the highway, walk alongside the lake and cross the first footbridge you come to. Very serene (except during finals week!)

Thank Rosecrans
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Reviewed 18 June 2013

Not really an Arboretum - just a woods/savanna - nice place to get some nature near Carleton College

Thank NatureEnthusiast7
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Reviewed 15 April 2013

Every time I visited our son at Carleton I'd head over to the Arb for a walk. It's peaceful. Beautiful. No matter which season. Spotted a few deer, lots of ducks, other birds and more than a few squirrels. Not to mention runners, other walkers and a few friendly dogs. There are several well-maintained trails. It's a lovely way to learn a bit more about the prairie and the plants and trees that grow there. And I always felt refreshed after my walk through The Arb. Our son loved his four years of running through The Arb and I certainly understand why!

Thank Robin97229
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