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Northland Arboretum Trails

The Northland Arboretum boasts nearly 20 kilometers (12 miles) of trails for hiking and cross-country skiing wih nearly 5 kilometers lighted for evening skiing. The trails are designed to accommodate all ages and skill levels and are considered among the best in Minnesota. The arboretum is used extensively by junior high and high school runners and skiers for both practice and competition.

In winter months, the trails are groomed professionally by the Brainerd Nordic Ski Club.

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: The Northland Arboretum Trails are currently closed to all bicycles due to wet and freezing conditions.  The Trails and Maintenance Committee is currently reviewing existing land and trail usage policies and will bring their recommendations to the Board of Directors for a Trails Policy by spring.  Please remember that the Arboretum board consists of volunteers and the Arboretum itself works within many land holding entities that have guidelines on land management and usage within the Northland Arboretum.  This issue will take time to resolve. 

If you are a current Northland Arboretum member and would like to have a voice in this discussion, please contact Vicki Foss, Executive Director at 829-8770.

SUMMER TRAIL USE: (map below)
Arboretum trails are open sunup to sundown every day of the year. 

TRAIL USE FEE - $5 per adult / $1 per child 12 & under.

After hours payments can be made at the drop box at the trail head at the Visitor Center parking lot.

WINTER SKIING: (map below)

Lighted cross-country ski trails from 4:30 to 10:00 each night.

Trail Etiquette
No snowshoeing, walking or dogs on the ski trails.
Faster skiers pass on the LEFT and ANNOUNCE with "track".
Do not "skate" on / over set classic tracks.
Take out all trash with you.
Take all dog waste with you.
NO campfires
The Arboretum is a non-smoking grounds and facility.

PLEASE NOTE:  You MUST have a Minnesota Ski Pass to cross country ski on the Arboretum ski trails. 
Minnesota Ski Day Passes only are available at the Arboretum Visitor Center for $6 each. The Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 4:30 PM.  The closest place to pick up your day, year or three year pass is Mills Fleet Farm in Baxter, MN.  Minnesota Ski Passes are available any place where fish and game licenses are sold. The cross country ski trails are open with the first groomable snow.  Please check the website (Brainerd Nordic Ski Club puts ski trail conditions here). 
Parking fee donation of $5.00 is asked from all non-members.

For more information on Brainerd Nordic Ski Club, visit their website CLICK HERE




Upcoming Events

08/26/2018 -
11:00am to 5:00pm
08/30/2018 -
9:00am to 3:00pm
09/17/2018 -
6:00pm to 7:00pm
10/04/2018 -
11:00am to 2:00pm
10/19/2018 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm

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