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Forest Trails

There are two forest trails for visitors to explore! The half-mile loop, represented by a yellow circle, is an ADA-accessible porous pave pathway that loops around both of the forest ponds. The one-mile loop, represented by an orange diamond, is a rugged woodchip trail. There are many things to discover along this one-mile trail, including a covered bridge and a set of boardwalks. The boardwalks were extended in 2019 to ensure that visitors can enjoy this loop year-round. Every spring, temporary shallow pools, known as Vernal Pools, form in the forest, providing ephemeral wetland habitat for many animals, including Wood Frogs, Chorus Frogs, and Fairy Shrimp.  

Dow Gardens Audio Tour
  1. Visitor Center & Gift Shop
  2. Birch Grove
  3. Boulder Pass & Waterfall
  4. Streamside
  5. Conservatory
  6. Secret Garden
  7. Herb Garden
  8. Sun Bridge
  9. The Pines
  10. The Yew Maze
  11. Willow Wedding Site
  12. Red Bridge Overlook & The Maze
  13. Founders' Circle
  14. The Bumps
  15. Observation Island
  16. Wedding Peninsula
  17. Rhododendron Trail
  18. Children's Garden
  19. Rose Garden & Trial Beds
  20. Rose Garden Bridge
  21. Orange Bridge Overlook & The Snake Creek Floodplain
  22. Orchard
  23. Mini Pines
  24. Wildflower Meadow
  25. Playground
  26. Forest Trails
  27. Covered Bridge
  28. Canopy Walk
  29. Education Center