F.R Newman Arboretum

Total distance: 2.97 miles

Difficulty level(s): easy

Voted the #1 most beautiful college arboretum, the 100-acre F. R. Newman Arboretum of Cornell Botanic Gardens offers several miles of trails that wind through rolling hills and valleys. The arboretum features eleven tree collections interspersed with specialty gardens including an extensive shrub collection and shaded streamside garden. The plants, trees and shrubs here are labeled and detailed records are kept for research, education and enjoyment. Two overlooks and benches throughout the arboretum provide panoramic views of this post-glacial bowl shaped landscape. Visitors are encouraged to ring the large bell at Newman Overlook and look for wildlife from the boardwalk over Houston Pond. Trails here connect with the Cayuga Trail, and trails within the Botanic Garden area around the Nevin Welcome Center, Cornell Campus, the Mundy Wildflower Garden and Fall Creek Valley Natural Areas.

Portions of this trail system are also included in the Cayuga Trail system.

Trailhead GPS Coordinates

Latitude: 42.45009995
Longitude: -76.46499634

Parking Locations

Bus Stops

Trail Attributes

  • Good for Hiking
  • Good for Cross-Country Skiiing
  • Good for Snowshoeing
  • Scenic Vistas
  • Unique Wildlife Viewing
  • Picnicking allowed
  • Restrooms available

More Info

Part of interconnected trail system: Yes

Trail Surface: Earth

Trail Markers: orange blaze, none

This trail contains a loop.

Use of firearms for deer hunting is not allowed. Bow hunting may be allowed. BE SAFE: See the specific trail owner/steward’s website for the most up to date details

This trail is open year round.

Visit the Trail Owners/Stewards