Chesapeake Arboretum Trail

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Chesapeake Arboretum Trail is a 1.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Chesapeake, Virginia that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.8 miles 22 feet Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bugs

old growth

The Chesapeake Arboretum has more than two and a half miles of hiking trails for all abilities. For those with walking difficulties there are benches about every 1/10th mile on the north loop. There is loop trail to the north and another to the south. The southern loop turns into an out and back for the last part.

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hiking
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walking
1 month ago

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1 month ago

walking
2 months ago

Went last week, there is a sign saying that the park is permanently closed due to storm damage, but we went in anyway. The opening of the trail still looks well maintained, better then how it looked a year ago when I last went, one of the wooden viewing spots and one of the bridges were destroyed by falling trees.. there was a big fallen tree on the trail near the back of the loop but there is a big enough opening to walk under it and keep going. Still a nice spot in the middle of the city, better in the fall, in the spring time you tend to get attacked by big bugs in there.

3 months ago

very well maintained. scenic walk by a stream.

hiking
4 months ago

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hiking
5 months ago

Really happy with this trail although a large portion was flooded due to torrential downpours in the area a few days previously. Be sure to wear your bug spray! Quiet & in a nice neighborhood. I felt safe and saw very few people there on a Thursday.

hiking
5 months ago

Visiting the area from Colorado, home of the best trails ever!, and found this little gem! Easy, lush trail. Lots of wildlife on my hike today, not very many people, and clear trails all the way around the Center Trail except for the last quarter mile which was flooded due to the horrible storms the previous few days. Very relaxing and peaceful Trail for someone looking for a piece of tranquility in the middle of the hustle and bustle...literally!

hiking
5 months ago

Cannot recommend this one and I'm not sure why it has a good rating here. There seemed to be little to no trail maintenance (bridges broken, lots of overgrown branches into the trail, garbage cans overflowing), and there are no views or picturesque spots to speak of. We were hoping to find a gem here but it's about 1 year of neglect away from being re-taken by the woods. The "river" is literally a stormwater outflow pipe and resulting stream.

hiking
5 months ago

Great, except for one bridge that swayed easily under one person's weight. Just be cautious

5 months ago

Nice trail, not a whole lot to see but peaceful. Super easy for kids

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8 months ago

one bridge was very unsafe, however the trail is wonderful. Easy trail for beginners!

8 months ago

it was a beautiful site and the scenery changes alot so you'll never get bored on your hike. some brifges were out, and some trails took you to peoples back yards but other than that it is a pretty cool place

8 months ago

The Chesapeake Arboretum is very beautiful with 3 different trails and lots of scenery that changes with every trail. I took one star away because at least two of the trails have bridges missing making you unable to complete them.

hiking
9 months ago

The orange trail on the map is not complete. The gardens are also overrun. The beginning of the trail is mulched and nice to walk on but turns into dirt pretty early on. Otherwise a very nice walk. The city should take care of arboretum more often.