Winter Fun At The Arboretum

Snow and cold weather doesn’t mean you have to spend all your time indoors. Bundle up and enjoy the winter weather with a winter hike, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing at the Holden Arboretum.

Winter Hikes

When the snow falls, Arboretum crews clear some of the trails surrounding Warren H. Corning Visitor Center making it easy to enjoy a winter walk. Winter has its own beauty, as snow and ice coat the branches of trees. Winter is also a great time to do a little birdwatching, as our avian visitors are easier to spot. Check out the bird feeders near the Thayer Building and at Buckeye Bud’s Adventure Wood to see some of the Arboretum’s resident birds up close.


Don’t let deep snow keep you indoors; explore the winter woods with snowshoes. Guest can rent snowshoes at the Corning Visitor Center. Rentals are $3 per hour or $12 for the day for adults and $1.50 per hour or $6 for the day for children 4 to 12.

In addition, Learn to Snowshoe classes will be held on Saturdays in February, provided there is a base of at least 6 inches of snow. On Feb. 19, we will be hosting a Family Snowshoe Hike at 1:30pm. For more details on the snowshoe classes or hike, visit our online calendar.

Cross-Country Skiing

After a hiatus, cross-country skiing has returned to the Arboretum. Trails are not groomed, but guests are welcome to bring their skis and explore the trails while taking part in this great winter activity. Skiers are encouraged to stop by the Corning Visitor Center to sign in and sign out so that the staff is aware of skiers on the grounds.