Summary: Easy 1.5 mile hike along wide mulched trail. Trail runs along clear stream with many beautiful bridges and benches great for scanning the water for wildlife. Be sure to pick up a trail map and the tree identification guide in the parking lot across from the trail head.
Trailhead: Located at 624 Oak Grove Road. From I-64 take Exit 290 a/b for Battlefield Blvd (RT 168) South for approx 2.25 miles to Gainsborough Square. Turn left at the light and continue .2 miles until the road ends. Turn left onto Oak Grove Road and another immediate left into the Arboretum parking lot. (Lat:36.74348 Lon:-76.23846)
Trail Guides for Chesapeake Arboretum Loop:
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Chesapeake Arboretum, 757-382-7060
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Mark Magnant, who has posted 3 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Viewer on 5/30/2006
Excellent trail but confusing map! The trail has beautiful trees and is an unexpected pleasure in the middle of suburban living. However, the map leaves a lot to be desired. It was incomplete and gave no distances. It was impossible to actually know where you're at by using it.
Reviewed by Caitlin Marnell on 11/26/2004
The most fabulous arboretum in the East! Had a great time there; perfect for dogs.
Reviewed by Jack on 11/16/2003
Even though Isabel did considerable damage to the trees of the Arboretum, volunteers have cleared fallen trees and brush to permit use of the trails in the near future. The cleared trails permit hiking from the Arboretum headquarters north to Greentree Road and around a loop of trail north of the Tree Bridge. The trails on the east side of the stream are still being cleared and are not open at this time. The trail system runs north and south from Greentree Road to Kempsville Road.
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