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Arboretum Trail System

Arboretum Trail

Trail System Map | Major Plant Collections Map

UT Arboretum Walking Trails

There are over 5 miles of walking trails in the Arboretum's Self-guided Walking Trails System. The trails variation in length and difficulty can accommodate a range of walkers - from the casual stroller to the serious hiker. Interpretive signs describe points of interest along the way. A click on the links above will lead to a trail map, a plant collections map, and how-to-build information about the trail benches. Each of the trails are described below in the Trail Highlights. Happy Trails!

Trail Highlights

Nature Book (formerly White Pine) Trail

Trail length: 0.25 mile
Round trip: 0.5 mile

Rock Pile Lead Trail

Trail length: 0.25 miles
From Visitors Center to trail: 0.1 miles
Round Trip: 0.7 miles

Tulip Poplar Trail and Major Plant Collections

Tulip Poplar Trail (and Spur) length: 0.4 mile
Major Plant Collections length: 0.25 mile

Heath Cove Trail

Heath Cove Trail (Upper and Lower) length: 0.25 mile
Round Trip: 0.65 miles

Backwoods Trail

Trail length: 0.9 miles
From Visitors Center via N. Loop Road: 0.3 miles
Round Trip via S. Loop Road: 2.0 miles

Oak Hickory Trail

Oak Hickory Trail length: 0.5 miles
Round Trip from Visitors Center: 1.0 miles

Lost Chestnut Trail and Sinkhole Crest Spur

Lost Chestnut Trail length: 0.4 miles
Sinkhole Crest Spur through Lost Chestnut Trail loop: 0.05 miles
Sinkhole Crest Spur from Lost Chestnut Trail to N. Forest Loop road: 0.06 miles
Round Trip from Visitors Center via Oak Hickory Trail: 1.2 miles

Cemetery Ridge Trail and Big Oak Spur

Trail length: 0.7 miles
From Visitors Center via S. Loop Road: 0.25 miles
Round Trip via S. Loop Road: 1.6 miles
Big Oak Spur length: 0.06 miles

Cross Roads Trail

Trail length: 0.2 miles
From Visitors Center via S. Loop Road: 0.65 miles
From Visitors Center via N. Loop Road: 0.7 miles
Round Trip via S. Loop Road: 1.55 miles

Evans Way Trail

Trail length: 0.09 miles
Round Trip: 0.18 miles

University of Tennessee - Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center
901 South Illinois Avenue, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37830 Telephone: 865-483-3571 Email: UTforest@utk.edu