The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
Trail Map
View a map of the Matthaei Botanical Gardens trails.
Few places on Earth are as beautiful as Michigan on a fine fall day. Stroll through the trails & gardens during the early morning or later afternoon at this special time of year.
Check out the bloom calendar.
study spots
Looking for a location to hold a group meeting? We have some of the University's best study spots.


Universally accessible overlook along the Sam Graham Trees Trail at Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Click here to view more photos.

Trails winding past stunning natural features have been part of the Botanical Gardens' Dixboro Road site since before its development in the early 1960s. A color-coded map is available for visitors at the front lobby. There are four routes, each highlighting different features of the 90+ acres north of the main building.
Starting east of the building and heading across the boardwalk over the constructed wetland (link here to constructed wetland information), visitors will see the Trail Head Information Station. Note the unusual roof on this octagonal structure. It is a demonstration Green Roof Project. Heading north about 450 feet, hikers have three routes to consider marked as Red, Blue and Yellow: a pedestrian bridge across the creek connects hikers to the Blue and Yellow routes. Severe weather may cause temporary trail restrictions due to flooding, ice floes, fallen trees, bank erosion, etc. Please observe any temporary detours and closures.
The Sue Reichert Discovery Trail is being made universally-accessible (dedication in 2007), while Sam Grahams Trees has its own children's activity booklet and guide. For those who want to get away from it all, the Blue or Yellow trails are best.
Explore the links below to plan your outing.

Dix Pond trail is a great place to take an exploratory hike or go bird watching, given the range of habitats... Get off the beaten track - the Fleming Creek Trail (Yellow Trail) takes you through a range of wetland to upland sites with all their subtle changes... The Marilyn Bland Prairie Trail is nearly a loop that brings the visitor to the Marilyn Bland Prairie near its midpoint... Visitors of all ages will enjoy a multisensory experience while walking along the Sue Reichert Discovery Trail. Weather and/or trail condition permitting, this trail is typically wheel-chair and stroller accessible to provide wonderful opportunities for children and families to discover nature... Native forests, their history, and restoration work are featured on our most popular trail. You'll traverse a remnant floodplain forest disturbed by invasive exotics and see old farm fields being restored as a beech-maple, oak-hickory or oak-savanna communities...

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