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A short trail that wraps around the Auburn University Arboretum.

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690' 210 m


659' 201 m


40' 12 m


39' 12 m



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Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly There is a pavilion with overhead fans and a drinking water fountain.

Need to Know

Text taken from the arboretum website ( auburn.edu/cosam/arboretum/…).

Hours: The Arboretum is open every day of the year from sunrise to sunset. There is no charge for admission. Restrooms are located on the east side of the pavilion.

Parking: Parking is available near the entrances on three sides: Along Lem Morrison and the Poultry Science parking lot, along Garden Drive and in the Arboretum parking lot off Garden Drive. During the week you must have an Auburn University parking hangtag or a visitor permit from the AU Parking Service to use these spaces. Weekends and holidays parking passes are not required. See site map ( auburn.edu/cosam/arboretum/…).

The address of the Arboretum is:
181 Garden Drive, Auburn AL 36849.


This trail goes around the outer rim of the Auburn University Arboretum. It passes by many native trees and plants, while also passing a bog garden, creek and a waterfall.

Text taken from the arboretum website ( auburn.edu/cosam/arboretum/…).

The Donald E. Davis Arboretum is a 13.5 acre botanic garden facility located in the heart of Auburn, Alabama. Supported by the College of Sciences and Mathematics, it provides visitors with a place to enjoy a natural setting and experience the native plants and habitats of Alabama. The Arboretum, one of the oldest in the SEC, functions as a plant museum and has at its core a living collection of scientifically ordered plants with provenance documentation. It functions as an outdoor classroom for university classes, local schools and community groups. The Arboretum has three water features, miles of walking trails and places to relax in a beautiful nature setting.

The facility offers engaging events throughout the year including:

Auburn's Azalea Festival
Red, White and Blueberry Bash
Annual photo contest
Fright Night Fridays
Bones and Boos: An Outdoor Skeleton Exhibit
Plant sales in both the spring and fall

The primary purposes are those of conservation, education, and research all of which support the mission of Auburn University. The Arboretum also uniquely works to protect the campus' natural resource areas, which fulfills the sustainability objectives articulated in the University Strategic Plan and Master Plan.

The primary mission of the Davis Arboretum is to display and preserve living plant collections and native southeastern plant communities; to inspire an understanding of the natural world and our connection to it; and to promote education, research, conservation, and outreach.​

Flora & Fauna

Text taken from the arboretum website ( auburn.edu/cosam/arboretum/…).

The oak collection is nationally accredited through the Plant Collections Network and provides essential information such as propagation and genetic data is shared with other botanic gardens and arboreta. The Arboretum received National Accreditation by the Plant Collections Network for its Deciduous Rhododendron Collection in 2019. The Arboretum's main collections are its oaks, native azaleas, pitcher plants, and trillium.

Text taken from the arboretum brochure:

The garden includes a 150-year-old Post Oak, which was only 6 years old when Auburn University was established. Of the 40 native oak species in the state of Alabama, 39 are represented. In total, the garden has 263 species of trees and shrubs, more than 1,000 azaleas, and 11 pitcher plant species that are native to the southeast.


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Top of the small waterfall along the Donald E. Davis Arboretum Outer Rim Trail.
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Open field located along the Donald E. Davis Arboretum Outer Rim Trail.
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The pavilion along the Donald E. Davis Arboretum Outer Rim Trail.
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Map of the Donald E. Davis Arboretum.
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