Detail of the Arboretum trail map.

Detail of the Arboretum trail map.

The Arboretum’s trail system comprises more than 17 miles of footpaths, boardwalks and fire lanes. Please note that trails may be muddy or icy, depending on weather and season. It is essential to stay on the paths even in poor conditions. Walking on trail edges can damage plants and wildflowers, and going completely off trail might interfere with research and ecological restoration projects. Also, poison ivy is a native plant that grows in the Arboretum!

The Arboretum trail map can be downloaded here. A print version is available in the newsprint guide in the Visitor Center and in trail boxes around the Arboretum.

Markers on wooden posts at trail intersections coincide with the circular labels on the map (e.g., A7, F1).

Grady Tract trails are accessible via a pedestrian tunnel under the Beltline Highway, from the parking lot on Seminole Highway (just south of the Beltline), and from the southeast entrance adjacent to the Cannonball Path.

You can also download PDFs of the Wisconsin Native Plant Garden and Longenecker Horticultural Gardens. These maps are included in our printed garden brochures, available in the Visitor Center.

Plan Ahead

Pets, picnics, in-line skates and skateboards, collecting natural materials, portable radios, and recreational sports gear are not allowed at the Arboretum. These policies are for the benefit and protection of people, plants, and animals at the Arboretum. Please check the Visitor Etiquette before you visit.

Winter Trails

Skiing and snowshoeing are permitted on designated trails only. Routes are indicated on the Arboretum trail map, and ski and snowshoe maps are posted on trails seasonally. Please stay on trails in winter—snow is habitat and there’s a lot going on under the surface!

Interactive Map

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Learn about the Arboretum ecosystems, watershed, biodiversity, and more through data-based, interactive map views and overlays. Explore the I-map.