Mountain Top Arboretum, Tannersville

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The Mountain Top Arboretum (183 acres), located in Tannersville, New York, United States is located in New York's Catskill Mountains.

The Mountain Top Arboretum is a living museum of trees and shrubs created for the education and pleasure of the public. Its founders, the Ahrens family, designed and planted a seven-acre mountain top area starting in 1977, to display the range of native and exotic trees and shrubs that successfully adapt to the rigorous climate at 2,400 feet elevation. There are twenty three acres of displays in three distinct areas: the West Meadow, the Woodland Walk, and the East Meadow, and a 163-acre wild forest and wetland area called Black Spruce Glen which has trails along a fen, bogs, old growth hemlocks and mixed hardwood forest. The Arboretum is home to a wide range of mammals and amphibians. Over 70 species of birds can be seen and heard throughout the various habitats found throughout the Arboretum.

The Arboretum currently contains 50 species of conifers, and many species of oak, maple, rowan, hawthorn, Rhododendron, Kalmia, and wildflowers. Other plantings include Turkish Fir, weeping katsura, Japanese Larch, Dawn Redwood, Bald cypress, Incense-cedar, Rocky Mountains Bristlecone Pine, goldenseal, ginseng, maidenhair fern, Hepatica, blue cohosh, flowering crabapples, fantail pussy willows, ash, viburnum, lilac, fringe tree, Fothergilla, daylilies, Clethra, Stewartia, bottlebrush buckeye, American holly, beeches and bayberry.
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  • Easy beautiful walk with magnificent foliage. always something new to see every time we visit. East walks through the arboretum. I love the special work they do with taking care of certain species... 
    Easy beautiful walk with magnificent foliage. always something new to see every time we visit. East walks through the arboretum. I love the special work they do with taking care of certain species...  more »
  • What a nice place to spend a few hours walking around. The gardens here are very well cared for with lot's of different areas to explore. 
    What a nice place to spend a few hours walking around. The gardens here are very well cared for with lot's of different areas to explore.  more »
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  • So beautiful and peaceful. A great place to walk.
  • Spectacular! A piece of heaven. Take your time, walk the spiral, walk the trail.

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