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Cowling Arboretum at Carleton College

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Address: 100 S College St, Contiguous with the campus; either side of Highway 19, Northfield, MN 55057-4002
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+1 507-646-5413

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Great trails

This is a great place to come to get away from it all. We actually got a little turned around out on the trails, but managed to find our way back to the parking lot after we... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Lisa P
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6 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great place to come to get away from it all. We actually got a little turned around out on the trails, but managed to find our way back to the parking lot after we found a map! Wear bug spray! Since some of the trail is near the river, it can get buggy!

Thank Lisa P
Northfield, Minnesota
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7 reviews
Reviewed 18 January 2017

I've hiked this trail with my two labs many times over the years. They keep adding more land and turning fields into prairies and woodland along the Cannon River.

Thank Larry V
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Reviewed 11 November 2016

Walking around the Arb is a favorite past-time for locals as well as the Students and Staff. The grounds are beautiful and easy to traverse for a short or long walk.

Thank HappyTrvlrMn
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016

A beautiful location chosen by a nephew for his wedding. Young people ove the outdoors and it is accessible by elders as well.

Thank lover-of-new-places
Minneapolis, MN
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3 reviews
Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

As another review here noted, the navigation is a bit confusing. I also think that some parts of the arboretum are getting a bit overgrown. There were plants so tall around the benches , the views across the pond were heavily obstructed. Nevertheless, the setting is very peaceful and lovely with the little bridges and islands across the pond. The... More 

Thank ViajesdePanda
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 2 September 2016

We were on a college visit and took a run on the miles of trails through woods and fields. Nice varied terrain and I imagine the cross-country trails in the winter are amazing!

Thank Don D
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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694 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 July 2016 via mobile

It is not easy to navigate; even with a map. The trails are not well- marked and the only thing to tell you where you are going is if you stay on a paved trail. Pretty sightseeing though.

1 Thank Rachel C
Bengaluru, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 July 2016

This is an arboretum of Carleton college and a managed wild-life refuge. It extends on either side of the main road, with many trails, all beautiful. Great for birding. Hunting is probably permitted in the winter months. The upper arboretum nearer the college leads to an elevated area with seating which has a lovely view of the area, fabulous at... More 

Thank blazar58
New Fairfield, Connecticut
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Reviewed 25 June 2016

If you want to spend an afternoon on a leisurely walk through beautiful surroundings try the Cowling Arboretum. My days of running have passed but a stroll through this site will make you wish you could still run. This park is well maintained, there are abundant nature trails for you to discover, and the Carleton College buildings are architectural successes.... More 

Thank Tony M
Northfield, Minnesota
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Reviewed 17 May 2016

One can be as active as one wants as it is a great place for meandering through the tree lined paths; sit quietly at several spots to meditate and enjoy the beauty and silence; bring a buddy for a casual chat while you walk at a fairly quick pace; jog or do an outright run. Children can be free to... More 

1 Thank Claire P

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