Mountain Top Arboretum, Tannersville

#8 of 19 in Nature in Catskill Region
Must see · Mountain · Hidden Gem · Scenic Walking Area
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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  • Beautiful snowshoe adventure! Trails very well marked but NOT all passable without snowshoes. One trail was uncovered for foot hikers. No restrooms available. Would definitely return in the...  more »
  • This is a great place for an easy hike to be amongst the trees and woods. We really enjoyed being here. Allow about 90 minutes. We saw the most unusual mushroom growth here just off the trails  more »
  • Beautiful site. Wonderful tour with Executive Director Marc Wolf. Our garden club learned a great deal and all are looking forward to a return visit. Site exhibits natives and specimens. The spectacular new buildings constructed of wood harvested on site. Don't miss it!
  • This place was pretty cool, they had plants and atmospheres of all sorts here. I enjoyed it IV seen some plants there iv never seem before and it was pretty enjoyable here

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