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“Nice walking trail”

State Arboretum of Virginia
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Boyce
Certificate of Excellence
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Confluence, Pennsylvania
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45 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Nice walking trail”
Reviewed 10 May 2014

While in the Winchester, VA area, we were looking for a walking trail and found the Blandy Arboretum. It's a very lovely place with a variety of plantings and lovely structures. We spotted many nesting eastern blue birds during our walk. It's a very peaceful setting with the exception of one very rude lawn mower. We passed several people mowing during our walk and most turned away from us when we approached but one very rude man followed us as far as he could in the field blowing grass directly at us, then when we turned to walk in another direction, he deliberately got on the gravel road and followed us the whole way back to the parking lot. On a brighter note, the lady in the gift shop and the volunteers who were weeding were very pleasant and friendly.

Visited May 2014
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English first
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108 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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“best kept secret in Virginia”
Reviewed 28 October 2013

This place is heaven on Earth. Wonderful walking trails, human and horse; world class trees, diverse landscape, and all with a magnificent view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is the State Arboretum of Virginia, beautifully maintained by UVA.

Visited October 2013
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Newville, Pennsylvania
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365 reviews
172 attraction reviews
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“Fantastic Way to Enjoy the Great Outdoors”
Reviewed 4 October 2013

I have passed by the Arboretum for years and always told myself someday when I had time I would stop in and visit. Well I have some extra free time so on an unseasonably warm October day we made the trip to visit.

First let me say this is not the first arboretum that we have visited so I was not expecting lavish gardens. I came to see the trees and experience the great outdoors on a beautiful day and we were not disappointed. We plan to come back and visit again during different seasons since many of what is in bloom during the spring was not blooming this time of year.

What we did find was a beautiful scenic peaceful experience. The arboretum offers many different things to please the senses. There is a native plant trail of 0.6 miles that allows visitors to walk around a large meadow of native grasses and plants and enjoy the wildlife that exists within this space. We saw bluebirds, cardinals and the best part was we saw a group of Northern Bobwhite Quail which were in the grass and came extremely close to us so that we could get good pictures. When we showed the pictures to one of the staff she was amazed at what we got as she has been working there 13 years and never got as close as we did.

In the center of the property there is the visitor’s parking lot which has a path that leads to the offices, Quarters Building, which are housed in a large structure that must have been the residence back in the day. Near the parking lot is the herb gardens and the research lab which is not open to the public. On one side of the paths is a picnic groove and on the other side is the boxwood display and the Amphitheater. To get to the native plant trail there is an old road you can walk down which is lined with dogwoods which must be beautiful when the trees are blooming.

There is a loop drive on a gravel road, 2.5 miles in length, which should not be missed as it allows you easy access to the Conifer Trail and the impressive Cedar of Lebanon Allee.
All of this I might mention is free!

Visited October 2013
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Leland, North Carolina
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14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“Awesome trees”
Reviewed 3 October 2013

Great place to hike and/or walk your dog. (Clean up after, like everybody seems to do.) For me the best part is the great selection of huge old trees. The trails are well marked and mapped on the placards, so it's easy to walk as long as you want, from a half hour on up.
They also seem to have great facilities to park a horse trailer and go for a ride on equestrian trails that are separate from the walking trails.

Visited September 2013
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Fort Collins, Colorado
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633 reviews
232 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 245 helpful votes
“Pleasant Country Setting”
Reviewed 31 August 2013

The arboretum is a mixed bag of mown open meadows and natural woodlots, surrounded by a 3-mile mostly-gravel drive. There are several smallish managed gardens for herbs, butterflies and a fairly impressive collection of different varieties of boxwood. On the Conifer "Trail" you can view a few fairly unique specimen trees that you won't see anywhere else in the region. The facility's administrative offices are in a historic slave quarters that is fairly impressive for the genre. The best part is that access is free. While I wouldn't go out of my way to make this a destination, it is a nice stopoff if you are in the immediate area.

Tip: Watch where you are walking as a lot of dog owners have made this a "stopoff" too.

Visited August 2013
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