Welcome to the Northland Arboretum!

Arboretum Hours of Operation

The Visitor Center lobby is currently OPEN!

8:00am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday

10:00am to 4:00pm Saturday and Sunday


The grounds remain open to members and paying guests sunrise to sunset.  Members are asked to display their membership sticker on the front passenger side of their vehicle.

Guests are asked to stop in the Visitor Center to pay or use the self-pay station located at the entry kiosks and place the pay stub in their car window. Fee is $5 per person.

Winter at the Northland Arboretum


Winter at the Northland Arboretum can be a magical experience. We are a prime location for cross country skiers and snowshoes during our snowy months. In fact, one of our greatest partners is the Brainerd Nordic Ski Club! Our cross country trails are graded as beginner to intermediate so even if you are just getting started in this winter sport, its the right place to test out your skill. We also have separate snow shoe trails that allow for intimate walks through the forest. Don't forget to stop by the Visitor Center while you're here to purchase cold weather apparel, ski wax, renew your membership or grab a hot cup of cocoa. We look forward to seeing you!

Ski Trail Etiquette

The Northland Arboretum and the Brainerd Nordic Ski Club would work hard to keep the cross country ski trails in prime condition throughout the season. This partnership is beneficial not only to the Arb, but to the entire ski community! We hope that you can follow these rules to make sure all skiers, snowshoes and walkers have a great time while visiting the Arb.

1. Be Nice to the Trails
Please walk and snowshoe on the designated trail systems. Walking on the groomed ski trails is not only dangerous but frustrating to our groomers and other skiers. If you are unsure of where you can walk or snowshoe, stop by our Visitor Center and we will give you a map. Also, please save your trash for when you return to the Visitor Center or parking lot. Trash left on the trails negatively affects our plants, wildlife, and visitors. 

2. Be Nice to Other Skiers
Not everyone skis at the same pace. We have both professional and novice skiers here at the Arboretum. Please be respectful of all skiers no matter their skill level. Safely negotiate around slower skiers if needed, be polite, and share the trail. We can all be good ski ambassadors by being safe and friendly.

3. Keep Dogs on a Leash
The Northland Arboretum allows dogs to be on the grounds but you must have them on a leash and you must pick up their waste. This is for the safety of other visitors and respects the plant and wildlife throughout our grounds. Dogs should never be on the groomed ski trails.

4. Be Respectful at Intersections
The Arb has an expansive trail system but you will run into other skiers and snowshoes while you are here. There are certain areas when the snowshoe trail crosses a groomed trail so snowshoers and walkers should pause, look both ways, and pass over the trail quickly. 

COVID-19 : Social Distancing at the Arb

This is a challenging time for everyone. We are forced to stay home from school and work, cancel family gatherings and fear going out just to go grocery shopping. Everyone deserves a temporary escape from the stress and anxiety and a chance to enjoy nature. You can find that AND maintain social distancing at the Northland Arboretum! We have over 12 miles of trails that we would love to keep open during this difficult time.  Individuals of any age are welcome to connect with nature and the Arb is an ideal spot -- located in the heart of Brainerd-Baxter.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Arboretum does not allow any biking on the property. 
The Arboretum does not allow hunting on the property.  The Arb is private property.
Dogs Are Welcome but do need to be leashed for their protection, and are allowed only on snowshoe trails during ski season.  Please clean up after your dog.  Waste bags are located at the trail head kiosks. Ask us how your dog can get their own Arb membership!

Photography Permits - All professional photographers need to stop into the visitor's center to sign liability waivers and pay fee. This includes senior portraits, weddings, children's photography, photos you sell, etc. This will also cover you and your client's daily pass fees. Find out more on our membership page.