I love the Viles Aborteum. I come here to walk all the time with my dog and even have a garden planted. I recommend this place to anyone (any age!) looking for easy walking trails surrounded by nature, art sculptures and good people. The trails are clearly marked and there are signs everywhere, but I also think they offer maps at the visitor's center at the parking lot. if you are a plant enthusiast like me, you will enjoy it here.

An often overlooked birding gem in the capital with a nice mix of habitats: mixed forests, ponds, fields, cattail marshes. Very pleasant place to bird, walk, and snowshoe.

Nice little walk.

snowshoeing
Monday, February 18, 2013

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.

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

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.