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Blockston Branch path in autumn

Welcome to Adkins Arboretum! We are excited to have you visit. The Arboretum's 400 acres of woodlands, meadows, wetlands, and gardens offer visitors a beautiful setting in which to enjoy the Eastern Shore's native landscape. Walk, jog, bike, and view birds and wildlife in these diverse habitats.

The gardens display plants native to the Mid-Atlantic coastal plain in combinations designed to inspire the home gardener. Native shrubs, grasses, vines, ferns, and flowering perennials provide interest throughout the year with their ornamental flowers, fruit, and bark. The Arboretum's native gardens border a restored one-acre wetland adjacent to the Arboretum Visitor's Center that teems with wildlife. Spring peepers, green frogs, and bullfrogs call to visitors as they cross the wetland bridge.

As a visitor to the Arboretum, please respect the grounds and their inhabitants:

  1. Please keep all feet and paws on the paths and walkways. Walking through habitat and cultivated gardens can be disruptive to wildlife and the landscape.
  2. Please leave all plants and animals in place. Do not introduce or remove any plant material (via weeding, cutting, seed collecting, transplanting plants, foraging) or animals without prior authorization by Arboretum staff.
  3. Please do not feed wildlife.
  4. Please properly dispose of any waste in the trash or recycling bins located around the Arboretum.
  5. Hunting, camping, fishing, horse riding, unauthorized motorized vehicles, smoking, and balloon releases are not permitted.

Click to view a map of the grounds.

Arboretum Paths

Five miles of paths wind through the Arboretum grounds. The Blockston Branch path offers a walk through mature bottomland hardwood forest and is handicap accessible. Paths lead around the Arboretum's meadows, where many creatures, including quail, bluebirds, deer, fox, and turkeys, forage for food. 

A mix of mature upland and bottomland hardwood forests and younger pine forests provide a rich habitat for flora and fauna. Thickets of native azaleas and mountain laurel bloom in May, and woodland wildflowers bloom from late winter to summer. Look for wood ducks and beaver along Tuckahoe Creek and Piney Branch. The Arboretum's Tuckahoe Valley trail connects to Tuckahoe State Park's trail system for longer hikes. Click here or on the map image for a map of the Arboretum grounds.