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Edith J. Carrier Arboretum, Harrisonburg

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  • I often walk at the Arboretum while eating lunch. It is a very peaceful place to commune with nature and enjoy all the plantings there, no matter the time of year. 
  • This is a nice diversion in the middle of Harrisonburg. The Arboretum was designed by a renowned botanist, Norlyn Bodkin and contains untold numbers of plants. Beautiful in spring but had a tendency t...  more »
  • The variety of places to hike in the Arboretum are just delightful. A great way to connect with nature. Feeding the ducks in the pond, walking over the bridges, the labyrinth, the woods.....so peacefu...  more »
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  • My daughter and I enjoyed arboretum walks when she attended JMU. She moved into Chesapeake Hall as a freshman. My oldest son and his bride married at the arboretum. They are both Dukes. My youngest son proposed to his bride-to-be at the arboretum. They are both Dukes. I bring my grandchildren to the arboretum for them to ride their little bicycles around the pond on the concrete path and play in the woods at the children's garden area. I have so many happy memories at this beautiful public garden and nature preserve.
  • I love the EJC Arboretum! As a JMU student, it is so nice to have such a beautiful and relaxing place to escape to when I most need it. The flowers and trees are stunning all year 'round. Fall, though, is by far the most gorgeous time to visit.
  • Beautifully landscaped with rocks, flowers, plants, bushes, and trees. Pathways and dirtpaths available to walk. Relaxing environment. Nicely placed benches and picnic tables throughout. I always seem to visit during times of construction or events, but still enjoyed my time there. They have a mislabeled sign, identifying a frog incorrectly, otherwise they provide nice signs with plant names and also educational signs throughout explaining habitat and environment. Maps are provided. Parking lots a little small.
  • Very well maintained trails for walking in a beautiful environment. Bridges, lakes, and wildlife are abundant throughout the park. Shade is plentiful which keeps the temps cooler even in the middle of the summer months. Good areas to picnic with your family, especially nice as a test stop during road trips, only 5 minutes off of I-81. Lots of water fountains in case you didn't pack a bottle of need a refill. If you are local to the area of a student at the University this should be a regular visit for you.
  • Always my favorite place on campus. If/when I ever make money this is what I'll be giving back to.