General Questions


Q. Do you have suggestions for a nice walk?

The Viles Pond Loop is the best introductory walk in the Arboretum. It goes through the hosta garden, past the old piggery and out to Viles Pond. It is about a mile round trip.


Q. When is the Arboretum open?

The grounds are open every day of the year from dawn to dusk. The Visitors Center is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Q. How can I volunteer?

There are many different volunteering options at the Arboretum. Please click here for more information.


Q. Are dogs allowed?

Dogs are allowed on arboretum grounds but must be leashed at all times. Dog waste must be picked up and removed from the Aboretum by the owner. Failure to do so may result in the loss of the priviledge to bring dogs onto the property.

Dogs are not allowed in cultivated areas, including the quarry ledge rock garden.


Q. Are bicycles permitted?

Bicycles are allowed on the trails. Cyclists must yield to visitors on foot. Courtesy, common sense, and safety for all are of paramount importance.


Q. What does the winter season offer?

The Arboretum offers what may be the best groomed ski trials in the area. Groomed trails are open to skiers only. Marked snowshoes trails are also available. The Arboretum is beautiful in winter. Please enjoy.


Q. Are motorized vehicles allowed on the grounds?

Motorized vehicles are not allowed on Arboretum property except as authorized in advance and for a specific purpose. Motorized wheelchairs are allowed, as are school buses bringing students to the Johnson Learning Center for a pre-scheduled program.


Q. Are horses allowed?

Horses are allowed on all trails but the Hosta trail. Horses are not allowed on bridges and boardwalks.


Q. What is your smoking policy?

The Viles Arboretum is a smoke free facility. Smoking is not allowed anywhere on the grounds.


Q. Can I hunt there?

Hunting is not permitted anywhere on Arboretum grounds.


Q. Can I rent the facilities?

Yes you can. To learn about rental options at the Arboretum visit our Facilities page.