Address: 9190 Camp Ernst Rd, Union, KY 41091
Phone: (859) 384-4999
Info: Open Daily, Year-round. Dawn – Dusk. FREE Admission and Parking. The nation’s first arboretum (a place to study trees and shrubs) within an active recreation park setting. Located just outside Union, KY. About 25 minute drive southwest from downtown Cincinnati, OH. More than 2,700 trees and shrubs. 121 acres, over 2 miles of paved walking trails, winding through various plant collections, woodland settings, and athletic fields. Special attractions at the Arboretum include the Children’s Garden, a Wildlife Viewing area in our Native Kentucky Grassland, and two short woodland trails. Three informational kiosks are located at the main trail entrances where you’ll find horticultural information, Extension class offerings, and Arboretum map, all FREE to the public.
This Free beautiful tree park is fasinating with a large playground and miles of paved trails weaved around the most unique trees you’ll ever see. However, please mark in your day planner that even though it is a “Tree” park, there is not much shade. It is, however, an entire day of learning and reading tiny signs that is one-of-a-kind compare to any other park.
Typical Day: After a little drive, we arrived to first find a large playground with fun red lounge chair swings, monkey bars, and tons of tunnels. Unfortuneatly, we happened to go on a day that was in the hot 80′s close to 90, and the playground park offers no shade. So, we decided to jump back in the car and park over by the “Dogwood Trail”.
We saw so many unique trees from magnolias to blooming dogwoods and smoke trees. The trails are paved in blacktop which we later decided would be perfect for bringing our bikes on another day. After walking in the sun for over one mile, we realized that the trail was not going to circle back to where our car was parked. On bikes, we may have been able to make it all the way around, but on foot, my 3 year old was getting tired. So, we cut back through the gorgeous little wooden trail and over the soccer fields.
Eventhough it was a hot day, we still had a great time and the kids still talk about the many different trees, leaves, and flowers.
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