The Dawes Arboretum

7770 Jacksontown Rd, Newark, Ohio 43056 USA

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  • Wheelchair
  • No Wifi
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“Nearly 8 Miles of Hiking!”

Founded in 1929 by Beman and Bertie Dawes, The Arboretum now covers nearly 1,800 acres and includes eight miles of hiking trails and a four-mile Auto Tour. It features more than 15,000 living plants, a Japanese Garden, as well as Deep Woods or Dutch Fork Wetlands. It also has an Observation Tower for an amazing view. By the time The Dawes Arboretum was founded in 1929, over 50,000 trees had been planted and the grounds had doubled in size to 293 acres. Beman and Bertie Dawes created The Arboretum as a private foundation: “To encourage the planting of forest and ornamental trees … to give pleasure to the public and education to the youth.” Today, The Dawes Arboretum displays nearly 5,000 different types of woody plants. Active records are kept on more than 30,000 individual plants. To ensure the continuation of The Arboretum, Beman and Bertie Dawes established an endowment fund. Today, the endowment continues to be the major source of funds for The Dawes Arboretum that has grown from 293 acres in 1929 to over 1,800 acres.

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Tim Tc A.

Dawes Arboretum began about 1917 as a place for a Columbus family to cultivate the trees and plants they had collected from around the world. Later they created a foundation around it to... Read more

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Bella G.

It's really lovely place to go hiking. Has a lot of trails, has a lot to look at, you can bring your dogs, I definitely recommend that you leave your whiny EX at home.... They never used to have a... Read more

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Colette F.

If I lived closer to this beautiful arboretum, I would become a member for sure. Such foresight in planning! I loved seeing how the wide variety of trees and shrubs work together. I loved the... Read more

The Dawes Arboretum

7770 Jacksontown Rd
Newark, Ohio
43056 USA


Open now until 5:00 pm
  • Sun - Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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