Guided Tram Tours and Self-Guided Walks

Tuesday through Sunday, May through October.

Explore the central gardens with an experienced Holden guide. Tours are generally about an hour long and touch on key plants in the garden, including seasonal highlights; as well as the Arboretum’s history.  Perfect for first-time guests or guests with mobility issues who wish to see the gardens.

Reservations are strongly recommended for these popular Holden Highlights tours for visitors. The $5 per person fee is payable at the information desk and must be made 15 minutes prior to the tour to confirm reservation. The tram seats up to five passengers and tours are offered:


  • Tuesday – 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm
  • Wednesday-Friday – 1pm, 2pm, 3pm
  • Saturday – 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm
  • Sunday – 1pm, 2pm, 3pm

For information and reservations, call 440.946.4400, ext. 224. Please note that children under 5 years old are not permitted on the GEM trams.

Self-Guided Tours For The Casual Visitor

In addition to the tram tours, guest have the opportunity to explore the Arboretum’s  one of eight hiking and walking trails, which are part of the Arboretum’s more than 20 miles of path systems. Pick up a map at the Warren H. Corning Visitor Center.

Collection/Display Trail: (Easy) Sample a variety of highly prized landscape plants in the hedge, lilac, viburnum and rhododendron collections.

Highlights Trail: (Easy – 1 mile) First-time visitors will find this trail a great way to learn about what Holden has to offer and where major features, gardens and collections, and trails are located. Extension loop (Moderate – 2 miles).

Blueberry Pond Trail: (Easy – .5 mile) Gather landscape ideas and view seasonal qualities of plants. Discovery Packs to help kids explore the pond environment can be borrowed free of charge at the Corning Visitor Center.

Bole Woods Trail: (Moderate – 1.5 miles) A National Natural Landmark because of the beech-maple forest and associated plant and animal life.

Woodland Trail: (Moderate – 1.5 miles) Takes you on a journey through a young forest and a deep woods. This is also your best access to the boardwalk in the Pierson Creek Valley. A self-guided brochure is available at the Corning Visitor Center. Discovery Packs to help children explore Pierson Creek can be borrowed free of charge at the Corning Visitor Center.

Old Valley Trail: (Rugged – 2.8 miles) A secluded hike lets you get closer to nature. A spectacular view of beautiful terraced hillsides left behind from shifting streams.

Pierson Creek Loop: (Rugged – 1.9 miles) The continuously shifting creek channel flows through a valley filled with delicate wildflowers and ferns.

Corning Lake Trail: (Moderate – 1.5 miles) Explore the shoreline and wildlife of Corning Lake. The trail provides access to Bole Woods, the Working Woods, the Helen S. Layer Rhododendron Garden, Rhododendron Discovery Garden, Holden Grove and the Waterfowl Observation Blind.