Cowling Arboretum at Carleton College, Northfield

(4.2/5 based on 30+ reviews on the web)
The Arb consists of approximately 880 acres (360 hectares) of land adjacent to the College and was created in the 1920's. It is in the process of being restored back to its original state, including prairie and forestland. Today, the Arb is an excellent resource in education, conservation, and recreation for both Carleton and the larger community of Northfield.
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  • I've hiked this trail with my two labs many times over the years. They keep adding more land and turning fields into prairies and woodland along the Cannon River. 
  • Walking around the Arb is a favorite past-time for locals as well as the Students and Staff. The grounds are beautiful and easy to traverse for a short or long walk. 
  • A beautiful location chosen by a nephew for his wedding. Young people ove the outdoors and it is accessible by elders as well.