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Self-Guided Tours of Arnold Arboretum and Harvard Forest

Information Sheet


Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

125 Arborway, Boston, MA 02130.

Built in 1872, Frederick Law Olmsted, Architect, the 281-acre landscape is open from sunrise to sunset every day of the year. There is no admission charge (donations are appreciated). The main entrance gate and the Hunnewell Building housing the Visitor Center are located at 125 Arborway, Boston, MA 02130. A large selection of self-guided tours are available year round; guided tours are available from mid-April through November.

The Bonsai & Penjing Collection

The Larz Anderson Collection of Japanese Dwarfed Trees is displayed adjacent to the Dana Greenhouses, approximately a 10-minute walk from either the Arborway Gate or the Forest Hills Gate, and about a twenty-minute walk from the Bussey Street Gate of the Arboretum. Originally imported into the United States in 1913, the collection Includes hinoki cypress bonsai trees that are each between 150 and 275 years old.  The Honorable Larz Anderson collected these bonsai trees while serving as ambassador to Japan.

Directions to the Arboretum Main Entrance:

By Subway From Boston:

Take the MBTA Orange Line to its southern end – Forest Hills. Turn left as you pass through the turnstiles. Exit through the door marked “Arnold Arboretum.” Proceed about 60 feet, then turn left and continue parallel to the Arborway. Continue walking along the Arborway, up the hill and to the Arboretum’s Forest Hills gate on your left. To reach the Arboretum’s main entrance and the Hunnewell Building, continue along the sidewalk on the Arborway to the main gate (about 10 minutes), or go through the gate, bear right at the pond, and continue to the Hunnewell Building.

By Car from Boston and Cambridge:

Take Storrow Drive west to the Kenmore Square/Fenway south exit. Bear left. Follow signs for Fenway south. Bear right onto Boylston Street, following signs for Boylston Street Outbound/Riverway. Continue on Boylston for 0.4 miles at which point all traffic continues onto Park Drive. Bear left to continue onto the Riverway/Jamaicaway. Follow Riverway/Jamaicaway to a rotary at Jamaica Pond (on your right). Follow signs for South Dedham/Providence. Enter the next rotary and take the second exit onto Route 203 east. The Arboretum’s main entrance is about 50 yards past the rotary, on the right.

Parking is available outside the main gate, along the Arborway, and around the Arboretum’s perimeter.

The Harvard Forest
324 North Main Street

Petersham, MA 01366
Tel: (978) 724-3302 
Fax: (978) 724-3595

At its founding in 1907, the original purpose of the Harvard Forest was to serve as a field laboratory for students, a research center in forestry and related disciplines, including soils, wildlife biology, geography and botany and a demonstration of practical sustained forestry

In 1914, Forestry education at Harvard was shifted to Petersham, Mass., and the Harvard Forest was made a graduate school. The Harvard Forest mission was reprioritized in 1915 to include serving as an example to the local community for the care and marketing of forests. In 1932, the Harvard Forest was placed within Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, where it has remained since.

History, Ecology and Nature Trails

Harvard Forest contains miles of trails. Maps, including a map of roads and trails on the Prospect Hill Tract are available in hard copy at the Fisher Museum. Printable trail maps and virtual trail tours can be found on the Harvard Forest website. Highlights include:

  • A self-guided ecology and history trail (new in 2016) begins at the Fisher Museum and covers 2.5 miles.
  • A self-guided nature trail begins at the Fisher Museum and covers 0.5 miles (marked with red blazes).
  • A new Hemlock Hospice art installation by David Buckley Borden is on view in the Fisher Museum and on our hiking trails.

Please note that the 1.5-mile, yellow-blazed Black Gum Trail has been closed to the public due to the hazard presented by dying hemlock trees (learn more about the hemlock woolly adelgid).

Guided tours are available on a limited, staff-available basis. Reservations can be booked on the Harvard Forest website.

Hiking is allowed on all roads/trails. Mountain biking and horseback riding uses are limited; signs on trails designate where biking and horseback riding are permitted.

The Fisher Museum

The Fisher Museum's main exhibit displays 23 internationally acclaimed models (dioramas) portraying the history, conservation and management of central New England forests.

Driving Directions to Harvard Forest

*Please note: Do not try to find the Forest by typing "Harvard Forest" into a GPS. You must enter the address: 324 North Main Street, Petersham, MA.

From Boston - Points East: 70 miles west on Route 2 to exit 17, then three miles south (take a right off the exit) on Route 32. Harvard Forest is on the left.

From Worcester: 25 miles north west on Route 122 and then 3 miles north of Petersham Center on Route 32. Harvard Forest is on the right.

From Points North, South and West: Take Interstate 91 to Greenfield and travel east on Route 2 approximately 25 miles to Exit 17. The Forest is 3 miles south (right off of exit) on Route 32. Harvard Forest is on the left.