Our Visit To Herrontown Woods Arboretum

Our Visit To Herrontown Arboretum

Princeton, NJ

February 2017

Life takes me to the Princeton area quite frequently, and I absolutely love the days where I have the chance to explore some place new. One of these times I was able to go for a lovely hike in the Herrontown Woods Arboretum.

Our Visit To Herrontown Woods Arboretum

I have heard of it before, but it was not what I expected. When I heard the word Arboretum, I thought of something more along the idea of a ‘garden’, kind of like Willowwood Arboretum. I should have focused more on the ‘woods’ part.

Our Visit To Herrontown Woods Arboretum

Though a lot more wild then anticipated it was beautiful nonetheless. I started in Barbara Smoyer Park located across the street. It has a little lake, and that day it was filled with geese.

Our Visit To Herrontown Woods Arboretum

I hung out by the lake for a little while, then turned back to the Arboretum.

Our Visit To Herrontown Woods Arboretum

It starts all the way down a residential street, and after a brief walk I made it to the entrance:

Our Visit To Herrontown Woods Arboretum

As you can see from the sign the hours are 8 am to 5 pm, except May to October, when it is 8 am to 8 pm.

Our Visit To Herrontown Woods Arboretum

As you can probably gather from the photos, I was there smack in the middle of winter. Even so, it was a lovely warm day, and there were plenty of beautiful spots to explore.

Our Visit To Herrontown Woods Arboretum

Actually, the stream was quite a hub of bustling activity, shortly after the rain, and there was at least one spot where I had to hop across the water.

Our Visit To Herrontown Woods Arboretum

There were a few miles of trails, and it was easy to enjoy the walk for several hours.

 

There were quite a few robins that winter there. They are always fun to watch.

Our Visit To Herrontown Woods Arboretum

While I probably wouldn’t trek all the way there just to visit Herrontown Woods, it provided me with a lovely and pleasant place to hike and explore.

Our Visit To Herrontown Woods Arboretum

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