Explore Mountain Top Arboretum
Mountain Top Arboretum is a public garden in the Catskill Mountains with 178 acres of gardens, meadows, and forest. The Arboretum’s mission is to engage in the science of horticulture, promote the environment, and offer a diverse set of programs to educate the public.
Furthermore, this destination is perfect for visitors passionate about horticulture, birding, geology, and hiking! Explore the Mountain Top Arboretum’s West Meadow, Woodland Walk, East Meadow, and Spruce Glen.
The West Meadow features many wildflowers and has a Spiral Labyrinth that treats the senses to the beautiful smells of nature. One highlight of the Woodland Walk is the Fairy Garden, where children are encouraged to be creative and collect materials in the area to build fairy houses. This walk also includes an Outdoor Classroom and Amphitheater with a boardwalk bridge over the meadow. The East Meadow contains a shady Fern Tour and historic pump house. The Spruce Glen is home to natural spruce nurseries, a 14,900-year-old natural resource. This trail includes a boardwalk so visitors can enjoy the area without causing harm. These are just some of the highlights of the four areas, there is much more to explore as well!
Each area takes about 30 to 45 minutes to walk. For more information about the arboretum’s four areas and self-guided tours, visit here.
Events and Programs
The Mountain Top Arboretum is driven to foster environmental education. There is never a dull moment at the arboretum with its repertoire of events and programs. From story time in the shade to basket making, Mountain Top Arboretum provides events for all ages. To read more about the arboretum’s events, visit here.
Hours of Operation
Mountain Top Arboretum is open every day of the year from dawn to dusk. The Education Center open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Admission for members is free. For non-members, a $5 donation is recommended.
“We loved this place after happening upon it! Amazing flowers everywhere we looked and a nice pond w/ bullfrogs, labyrinth, and hiking trails through different tree areas to a magical ‘hidden’ marsh. Kids had fun, and I loved it too. Even a fairy garden. Several places to sit and take it all in too. Just be wary, no food allowed on premises so don’t bring a picnic.”
—Adriana L., Google