Trail

Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Ann Arbor, MI
Length: 1.50 mi.
Type: Loop

About This Trail

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Matthaei Botanical Gardens is an Ann Arbor gem with a plethora of opportunities to explore nature and the outdoors. There are four nature trails, all well-marked, as well as a Children’s Garden, ornamental gardens, and an indoor conservatory. Summer and Winter hours vary. The Gardens are ADA accessible, which allow for strollers. However, the Nature Trails would be best for walkers, babycarrying, and off-road strollers. Trail length vary from .25 miles (Discovery Trail) to just under 2 miles. Dogs are not allowed on the Matthaei Botanical Gardens property. Parking is $1.70 per hour, but you can become a member and parking is free.

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Trail Features

Carrier needed No
Stroller friendly Yes
ADA accessible Yes
Water fountains Yes
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Excellent
Pet friendly No
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles
Yes

Trail highlights

Creek / River, Natural Play Area, Shaded Hike, Shelter, and Visitor Center

Children’s Garden features a nature playground and community garden where, seasonally, children can taste the fruits and veggies. Fleming Creek runs along many of the trails. The big red barn along the yellow trail is a fun “half way” point. The .25 mile Discovery Trail has interactive signs and a small “outdoor classroom” for stories and relaxing. The conservatory allows you to “check out” adventure backpacks with scavenger hunts, binoculars, tape measures, and identification books.

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

$1.70 per hour for parking. Parking on site.

Trail Contributor

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Born, raised, and rooted in the GREAT state of Michigan and adventure mom to Neko and Levi, I’ve been involved with the Hike it Baby organization since 2014. I currently work as the Data and Social Media Coordinator for the Hike it Baby National Team, a Branch Ambassador for Hike it Baby Ann Arbor, and a fulltime employee with the Washtenaw Intermediate School District. I have a passion for the outdoors and am so grateful to have the opportunity to carry on that passion. Thanks to HiB, I was also elected as Pittsfield Township Park Commissioner in 2018, which allows me to be a voice for my community. When I’m not on the trails or working, I enjoy traveling, kayaking, social justice, baseball, vegan food, and cheering on Neko at all of his sporting events!