Chesapeake Arboretum North and South Loop

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Chesapeake Arboretum North and South Loop is a 2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Chesapeake, Virginia that features a lake 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.

DISTANCE
2.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
19 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

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.

6 months ago

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.

walking
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.

Monday, November 21, 2016

very well maintained. scenic walk by a stream.

hiking
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.

hiking
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!

hiking
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.

hiking
Monday, September 05, 2016

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

Sunday, August 28, 2016

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

Sunday, June 19, 2016

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

Monday, June 13, 2016

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

Friday, June 03, 2016

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
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

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.

Friday, January 08, 2016

Great

Sunday, November 29, 2015

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!

hiking
Thursday, October 29, 2015

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!

walking
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

A

Sunday, June 15, 2014

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

Sunday, June 01, 2014

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.

hiking
Sunday, May 25, 2014

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

hiking
Sunday, January 12, 2014

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

hiking
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.

hiking
Monday, September 23, 2013

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

walking
Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Simple. beautiful. Well kept.

hiking
Saturday, June 01, 2013

By 1.5 miles, I am assuming that you mean the south loop. he south loop is less traveled and has narrower trails. The only down side is that it is only loop about a third of the way. After that it is a single out and back.

hiking
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Beautiful gardens, well maintained trails and a beautiful day. There were a lot of people on the trail today but it is Memorial day.

hiking
Monday, August 06, 2012

A hidden treasure within the city of Chesapeake... Probably under 3 miles total in trails, but a mostly shaded set of short trails... good signage as far as naming the trees, maps, nature info', etc. along the way... See the largest vines I've ever seen in Chesapeake, butterflies, large beautiful damsel flies, 5-lined skinks, various birds, etc.

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