Matthaei Botanical Gardens Trail


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Matthaei Botanical Gardens Trail Facts

States: Michigan
Counties: Washtenaw
Length: 2 miles
Trail end points: Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Parker Mill County Park
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 9727287

Matthaei Botanical Gardens Trail Description

This trail runs from the Matthaei Botanical Gardens two miles south to Parker Mill Park. It was conceived in response to the need for a safer alternative for non-motorized travelers. Dixboro Road only has a narrow shoulder, which both pedestrians and cyclists reluctantly used. The trail provides an alternative commuting corridor for students, locals and visitors away from the busy artery. It parallels the road, although it is not quite as straight. The path travels through some naturally scenic areas, including views of the Huron River.

The Matthaei Botanical Gardens Trail is not just a wonderful recreational asset for Ann Arbor Township, but it also provides connections to other trails including the Border-to-Border Trail. Via these other links, the trail provides access from the botanical gardens to a range of institutions including the University of Michigan’s north and central campuses, UM Medical Center, Concordia University, Eastern Michigan University and Washtenaw County Community College.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available at Parker Mill County Park. The park is located at 4650 Geddes Road. There is a parking lot at the Dixboro Road entrance. 

Matthaei Botanical Gardens Trail Reviews

Easy and Fun


Views were great and path was a moderate winding trail with slight uphill/downhill points. Few wooden bridges that could create traction issues, but to finish at the Botanical gardens on a shaded path along a quite road is the perfect way to start mornings!

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