Viles Arboretum (formerly Pine Tree State Arboretum)

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Viles Arboretum (formerly Pine Tree State Arboretum) is a 1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Augusta, ME that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.0 miles 118 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

snowshoeing

cross country skiing

forest

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bridge out

bugs

muddy

old growth

over grown

Viles Arboretum is located on Augusta's east side on Hospital Street (Maine Route 9). Free parking is available on site.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice little walk.

snowshoeing
3 years ago

We snowshoed this 2 mile Outer Loop Trail this past weekend and it was great. Not many people there, trails well marked, and interesting things along the way. Combonation of fields and woods, fairly flat, and a ski trail alongside a snowshoe trail. Look for the owl in the woods - he is the best part!! Only negative comments are that there was not a restroom, outhouse or porta potty anywhere to be found and there were no trail maps in the box. It was our first time there, and it would of been nice to have a map to see where we were along the trail.

skiing
4 years ago

I like this place in the winter when there is enough snow for skiing. Nice 20 minute loop, in fields and woods.

hiking
6 years ago

The Viles Arboretum (formerly the Pine Tree State Arboretum) is a fine place for a walk in Maine's capital city. It features a network of trails used by walkers and hikers in spring, summer and fall, and snowshoers and cross country skiiers in the winter. it features walks both through grasslands and forests, and past swampy areas as well. The site was once part of the Augusta Mental Health Institute, and remains of that heritage can be found on site. The Arboretum may be best known for its collection of hostas. The trails are, for the most part, relatively flat and easy. There is a box for voluntary donations, but there is no charge to visit. It's one of my favorite places to spend an hour or so outdoors.