Edith J. Carrier Arboretum, Harrisonburg

The Edith J. Carrier Arboretum and Botanical Gardens invites the public to step into a world of natural beauty and serenity. Visitors can walk winding woodland trails landscaped with Virginia native plants and enhanced with botanical gardens and wide expanses of lawns. The arboretum offers a wide range of seasonally appropriate educational and cultural events on site throughout the year. Come appreciate the beauty of nature, protected and captured amidst the hustle and activity of the thriving city of Harrisonburg and the pulse of campus life at James Madison University. Learn about environmental preservation and study one of our most valuable resources: plants and trees. Be a doer and volunteer or be a dreamer and spread a blanket on our lawns and relax or be any kind of visitor in between. The arboretum is here for you!

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  • Nice walking trails - relatively small place. Nice small lake. Nice wooden carvings. Certainly worth a short visit.  more »
  • This was without question one of the most peaceful gardens I have ever visited. Both my wife and I loved every moment.  more »
  • We come here often. Beautiful foliage, interesting wildlife, well landscaped, quiet little oasis in the middle of Harrisonburg. Had our wedding reception there as well. Visitor/education center is informative and well maintained with clean restrooms and drinking fountains. The picnic shelters are conveniently located and also well cleaned/maintained. If there is one issue, it's parking. Spaces are limited. There are small parking lots on both ends of the trail loop. If they are full, you can always park across the street in the JMU parking lots and walk a short distance.
  • We had a really fun time. My daughter absolutely loved it and we went on the fairy and gnome walk. She even had a chance to build a fairy home to attract fairies in the forest. only items found in the forest and nothing man-made were used to construct the fairy homes and hopes of attracting future fairies. There was a small group of us and we had two stories read to us before we started out in the forest and it was cute as could be. If you have little ones I highly recommend that it was a lot of fun.

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