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A great walk!

The arboretum has hilly and flat areas so you can take a leisurely stroll or get a little more of a... read more

Reviewed 6 November 2018
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Absolutely gorgeous

Although my husband and I only had about 30 minutes at the Arboretum, not nearly enough time to do... read more

Reviewed 14 October 2018
South Riding, Virginia, United States
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Reviewed 6 November 2018 via mobile

The arboretum has hilly and flat areas so you can take a leisurely stroll or get a little more of a workout. There are a variety of plants so there is something pretty to enjoy almost anytime of year. Plus, it’s free!

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank jjlove57
Reviewed 14 October 2018

Although my husband and I only had about 30 minutes at the Arboretum, not nearly enough time to do it justice, we did manage to enjoy a lovely stroll around the pond. We got so many good ideas for plantings in our own yard, and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Vicki_in_Virginia
Reviewed 2 October 2018

We didn't realize that this was part of JMU until we stumbled upon the football game getting let out. No worries, we stopped in, was small, pretty - we walked around a bit. Recommend for a few pretty pics and to see a few flowers,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank heatherb10112018
Reviewed 12 September 2018

Just loved this place. The gardens are an artistry of nature. We had a leisurely stroll and enjoyed the antics of a local chimpmunk.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank mossy48
Reviewed 3 September 2018 via mobile

We didn’t do the trails but did walk the small loop around the pond — it was beautiful and had friendly ducks :)

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank JessBO25
Reviewed 31 August 2018

What a hidden gem right off of I-81 and adjacent to JMU. The trails are lovely and the gardens are just spectacular. We visited in August so much of the foliage was already bloomed; but it was gorgeous anyway.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank John P
Reviewed 30 August 2018

Small flower gardens, children's area, woods with paths. Two small parking areas. Definitely there the wrong time of the year. Very few flowers in bloom. Gnats in the wooded area were very prevalent. Have been to better.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Bill A
Reviewed 28 August 2018

One can find a trail for whatever experience you would love outdoors. No two visits are every the same, changing by the week. I am always finding new paths and of course the plants are seasonal. There are always special things like statues and benches,...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Viola M
Reviewed 27 August 2018

While the parking is a little challenging, the plants, the quiet, and the shear loveliness is so worth it. And, I have to mention the frogs and the turtles!! Ten minutes refresh!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Gretchen H
Reviewed 12 August 2018 via mobile

After checking the reviews we decided to make a brief stop here with the kids on our way north from Myrtle Beach. So glad we did! The gardens are gorgeous and a perfect place for a stroll, to explore the wide variety of plants and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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22 March 2018|
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Response from Ed R | Reviewed this property |
While some of the areas have cement walkways, there are some that have earth or gravel paths, so I am not sure that everything is completely accessible. This located adjacent to James Madison University, so it's busy and... More
Gail B
10 March 2017|
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Response from EJC A | Property representative |
Yes, the arboretum even provides doggie bags at the kiosks.
13 September 2016|
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Response from EJC A | Property representative |
Yes, and now the paths to the Children's Gardens area is also stroller friendly!