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Cowling Arboretum at Carleton College

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Quiet place on a wintery day

We were just driving through the campus and stumbled upon this place. The bridge is very... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Orinda, California
Always beautiful any season, any weather

This week the naked trees revealed their once hidden nests. A few late spiral seed pods fluttered... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
San Francisco, California
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100 S College St, Contiguous with the campus; either side of Highway 19, Northfield, MN 55057-4002
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were just driving through the campus and stumbled upon this place. The bridge is very picturesque and it was very peaceful. Nice place to come and think.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Kesslane
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This week the naked trees revealed their once hidden nests. A few late spiral seed pods fluttered down in the wind, landing on the clean snow. Canada geese flew in formation overhead and congregated in Lyman Lakes both on water and the thin new ice....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank bensI465IT
Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

Our family loves the Arb. We take lots of walks throughout the year there. It's absolutely beautiful.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Evelyn H
Reviewed 30 July 2018

The trail head is adjacent to a parking lot. When I went there in early July, the weather was great, mild and not humid. There is a little stream and a lake, with a shallow 'waterfall'. About 15 to 20 goats are kept in the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Albert W
Reviewed 21 July 2018

We packed our bikes and rode through the campus which is beautiful and easy to navigate. Definitely worth a stop

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Dakotagirl777
Reviewed 2 July 2018

I throughly enjoyed a morning bike ride along the paved trail of the arboretum. Although part of the trail was closed due to construction, I had enough of a ride to experience the beauty and tranquility of this beautiful space!

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank nun46
Reviewed 6 June 2018

The trails are beautiful and extensive. The place is huge and a wonderful resource. We only had an hour to explore but we will definitely be back.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Robin P
Reviewed 28 December 2017

Just moved to the area in August and live near a trail at the NE end. It's a gem and we haven't explored 1/2 of it (yet). I like to walk along the creek into town, which is the quickest route. It's well maintained and...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank minniegirl01
Reviewed 15 November 2017

This is a wonderful place to hike, relax and just clear your mind! I highly recommend it to anyone visiting Northfeild.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank mmvies
Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

Nice paved and unpacked paths for jogging or hiking. Also, a nice place to walk to watch the autumn leaves.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Connecticut2003
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