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University of Tennessee Arboretum

Garden or Arboretum
A beautiful shady trail at the UT Arboretum – ORCVB

The University of Tennessee Arboretum is a 2,260-acre tract of land in Oak Ridge that is headquarters for the UT Forest Resources Research and Education Center. More than 30,000 visitors enjoy the Arboretum’s scenic beauty and educational resources annually.

Established in 1964, this forest is unique in that, other than the traditional function of conducting forestry and wildlife research on the total property, 250 acres are identified as part of the Arboretum's mission of public education and public service. This area features interpretive nature trails and ecological points of interest. The Arboretum is a research, education and demonstration project with a collection of more than 2,500 native and exotic woody plant specimens.

Walking Trails

There are several miles of trails for walking enjoyment at the UT Arboretum. The trails are part of four self-guided walking tours designated by color-coded trail markers. Interpretive signs describe points of interest along the way. The tours range in length from .5 miles to 1.4 miles.

Plant Collections

The UT Arboretum has 2,500 plant specimens, representing over 800 species, varieties, and cultivars. Most of the plants are displayed as groups of associated plant species as found in their natural habitat. These groupings, known as forest association models, include: Central China, Southern Coastal Plains, California Forest, Heath Forest, Polish Forest, and Cumberland Gorge. Also, there are over 20 different plant collections. Some of the major collections are as follows: Elmore Holly Collection, Magnolia Garden, Dogwood Collection, Azaleas & Rhododendrons, Dwarf Conifer Collection, Juniper Garden, Shrub Garden, Viburnums, and Wildflowers.

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How to Get There

Located just off Hwy 62/Illinois Avenue coming into Oak Ridge from Knoxville through Solway.

Pet Friendly Notes

No pets allowed

Recreational Opportunities

Hiking and biking trails dot this 2,260-acre tract of land. Trails range in length from .5 miles to 1.4 miles.


Seasons Accessible

Open Year Round

The University of Tennessee Arboretum Visitors Center and Office is routinely open Monday - Friday from 8:00 am - Noon and 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm (excluding holidays.)

The Arboretum grounds are open for walking daily from 8:00 am until sunset.

The parking lot is accessible during office hours, but is subject to restrictions after office hours on weekdays, weekends, and holidays.




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