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Best Winter Hikes

A lone hiker snowshoeing on a snowy path
A lone hiker snowshoeing on a snowy path
January 2, 2019

Walking the 1,700 acres of woods is a year-round pursuit at the Arb where every hiker has his favorite season.  But true aficionados say winter is especially blissful.

You might see a deer walking in the background or catch a fabulous view from the top of a hill.

A favorite pick: The 1.49-mile East Side Loop Trail 4, located in the East Woods. Watch Mary explain her pick on YouTube.


  • Looking for a View? Scramble up Joy Path, off the West Side Main Loop 2, and inhale the fresh air and wooded slopes from the patio of Thornhill Education Center.


  • Ambitious? Hike the West Side Main Trail Loop 2, a 1.37-mile trail that swings around Lake Marmo before veering onto Hemlock Hill and up Spruce Hill. There, you will feel like you have entered a mystical evergreen forest.


  • ​Step out in snow shoes. When you're deep in the woods, it's hard to believe you are only a short distance from Interstate I-88.  Through March (and when there’s at least 4” of snow), you can bring your own snowshoes or cross-country skis or rent them to explore 3.5 miles of groomed trails and winter wonderland.


  • A quick breath of fresh air. Take a chummy stroll with friends or family around Meadow Lake (right outside the Visitor Center). Twice around and you have gone more than a mile on this 0.6 mile loop.