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University of Tennessee Arboretum

Site Directions: This site is within the city of Oak Ridge.

From Wartburg: Follow Highway 62 South/East to Oliver Springs. Turn Left onto Hwy 61. Hwy 61 will become Illinois Avenue. The Arboretum is located just past Oak Ridge on the left at 901 S. Illinois Avenue.

From Knoxville: Interstate 40 West to the Oak Ridge exit at Hwy 162. Hwy 162 becomes Hwy 62/Illinois Ave. The Arboretum is located on the right just before Oak Ridge at 901 S. Illinois Avenue.

Lat-Long: 35.99829, -84.22468

The Arboretum grounds are open for walking daily. The parking lot is accessible during office hours but is subject to restrictions after office hours on weekdays, weekends, and holidays. 

Seasonality: year round

Fees: none

Site Description: The Arboretum is a project of the University of Tennessee Forest Resources Research and Education Center. It generally hosts more than 30,000 visitors annually.

This 250-acre research and education facility has over 2,500 native and exotic woody plant specimens that represent 800 species, varieties, and cultivars. The UT Arboretum is truly a place for all seasons. Even on a winter day, a brisk walk along any one of the four self-guided walking tours can be a rewarding experience.

Wildlife to Watch: Common birds of Tennessee can be found here, including White-breasted Nuthatch and Eastern Bluebird. There are moderate chances of viewing Red-tailed Hawk and small mammals on a trip to the arboretum, in addition to the collection of plants.

NOTE:   Be sure to check out our Safety Tips page for important information regarding viewing wildlife in these areas. 

University of Tennessee Arboretum

University of Tennessee Arboretum Walking Trails