Explore the most popular trails in Chesapeake Arboretum with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

My first time taking my son here, much nicer than the first time I went by myself over a year ago! Great trails even after rain, well maintained, nice rose garden on the east side trail. New bridges. Only down side is you can often still hear the traffic.

No frills trail sandwiched between public areas. Looks like it would interesting with a mountain bike but dangerous. Trail could use some maintenance.

I only stayed for a 20 min walk but can't wait to go back.

1 bridge is missing, 2 bridges are out of use because they are falling apart so you have to back track a lot.

trail running
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Nice little spot! Its short, but very wooded with critters running about. Great place to get lost in the middle of the city.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

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.

very well maintained. scenic walk by a stream.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

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.

Friday, September 23, 2016

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!

Monday, September 05, 2016

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.

Monday, September 05, 2016

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

Really peaceful walk for us. Definitely easy and family friendly. Our dog loved the abundance of squirrels to see! Well designed trails. Found one loop that wasn't as marked but other than that, really well kept up. We will be coming back!

Smaller park, rustic trails, paths and trees are well marked, but uneven (someone suggested trail running here, but I would pass on that or the use of smaller strollers). Enjoyed the hike very much, very nature photogenic hiking trails with streams and a lot of variety in plants and trees. Will go back again.

nature trips
Thursday, October 08, 2015

I love to take my two boys here. We see lots of small wildlife and the trails are very well maintained. Perfect for a home school morning out and nature study. I agree with the poster who mentioned poor signage. It is. On the whole though, it's a wonderful place!

Friday, August 07, 2015

Very disappointing. The trail was well maintained with mulch, but there was a bridge out, a rail missing from an overlook and signage was terrible.

cross country skiing
Thursday, July 09, 2015

It was great, very nice and clean. My kid and dog loved it. I will be coming back.

scenic driving
Friday, April 17, 2015


Nice peaceful trail. Lots of shade. The weather was perfect when my wife and I went. Nice beginner trail.

Great place to walk, mulch trails that are well maintained. Be careful, there are a good number of snakes, both non venomous (garden /ribbon snakes) and I've seen two (venomous) Copperheads there in spring 2014 already (it's only may). The copperheads are hard to see and typically don't move out of your way. Use common sense ..... I still take my dog there at least once a week.

This is a wonderful little park, especially in the spring when the flowering trees and honeysuckle perfume the air. The day was perfect.

Several small trails. Largest is about 1.3 miles. Mulched. Beautiful park in the middle of the city.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Took my 5 month old German Shepard on this trail and we loved it. I took lots of pictures that I will be uploading shortly.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Very peaceful trails and very well maintained. I love getting lost for a few hours here and exploring the side trails.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Amber said it best. The trails in this park are simple, beautiful and well kept.

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