First measurable snowfall, all trails will be closed for walking, running, dog-walking, etc. Trails are groomed by the Brainerd Nordic Ski Team in conjunction with the MN DNR Grant And Aid Trails System. A MN Ski Pass is required to ski at the Arb. You can be fined by the DNR for walking on a groomed ski trail.
Snow Shoe Trails and walking trails are marked differently. Please see winter map. Please note, if you are walking trails, you need to be an Arboretum member or pay your daily fee at the kiosk and carry the payment stub with you on on the dash of your car.
Arboretum trails are open sunup to sundown every day of the year.
TRAIL USE FEE - $5 per adult / $1 per child 12 & under.
NO CHARGE FOR ARBORETUM MEMBERS.
After hours payments can be made at the drop box at the trail head at the Visitor Center parking lot. Payment stub should be on your person, or placed in your vehicle window.
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.
Mountain Biking Policy
The Grounds and Trails Committee of the Northland Arboretum, after meetings and open discussions, a recommendation has been made to NOT allow the use of mountain biking on the grounds of the Northland Arboretum. This decision has not been made lightly. Bikers found on the premise will be asked to walk bike out of the Arb. If more than one discussion with biker occurs, membership will be revoked and/or law enforcement will be called.