Hop on your bicycle and explore our expansive grounds, weather permitting. Bicycling encourages health and wellness, fosters energy conservation, and reduces auto emissions.
Bike racks are available at the Visitor Center, the Big Rock and Prairie Visitor Stations, and the Thornhill Education Center, and near the Gatehouses at the main entrance.
A variety of bikes, carts, and even wagons are available for rent, May through October. To get details and view current prices and hours, go to Bike Rentals.
Through September 8, enjoy bicycling in an "auto-free zone" on the East Side, Fridays from 5:30 p.m. to sunset and Saturdays and Sundays from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m.
Note: Bikers do need to keep to our paved roads, as the hiking trails are too narrow for both bicyclists and walkers and biking off-road leads to trail erosion and tree root damage.
When you’re out on your bike, you may encounter the Arboretum’s Bike Patrol. This group of dedicated, trained Arboretum volunteers periodically patrols the grounds to assist cyclists and monitor compliance with biking guidelines. You can spot them by their safety vests and helmets. Members of our Bike Patrol are trained in first aid and equipped with cell phones and/or radios.
Here are some tips for your next bike ride at the Arb:
- Stay safe! Wear your bicycle helmet. Ride in single file and stay to the right (most Arboretum roads are one-way). Bicyclists must obey road signs, follow rules of the road and yield to pedestrians.
- Take it easy. The Arboretum does not permit bicycle racing or peletons (group racing formations). Stay on paved roads marked with bicycle icons to help us protect our plant collections and natural areas.
- Bring the kids! Stroller caddies are allowed. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by parent or guardian. Note that the Arboretum's hills, including several steep grades, may be too challenging for young or inexperienced riders.
- Store your bike in one of our racks to continue your exploration on foot. Please don't chain bikes to trees or posts or lean them against building walls.
- Check the weather before you take off. Dangerous weather or poor pavement conditions may result in road closures for bicycles.
- Tired out? Cyclists unable to complete their intended route may walk bikes against the traffic, if necessary, to return to their starting points.
No matter how you choose to tour the Arboretum, please respect the enjoyment and safety of other visitors.