Guided tours at Hoyt Arboretum

Hoyt Arboretum Friends (HAF) is a membership-based, nonprofit organization working in partnership with Portland Parks and Recreation to support Hoyt Arboretum.

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Tours & Walks in the Arboretum

Guided Tours

Tour.jpgBeginning in April, join Hoyt Arboretum tour guides on an informative 90-minute journey through our tree and plant collections. Each tour guide brings a unique perspective to the tour, so every week is a new experience and some tours have special themes!

We ask for a $3/person donation. Proceeds from the tours help support programs and plant maintenance. Tours are free for Hoyt Arboretum Friends' members.


Tours are scheduled most Saturdays from April through October. Meet at the Visitor Center at 12pm for the 90-minute tour. While reservations are not required, we recommend calling in advance to ensure a tour is scheduled for the Saturday you plan to visit Hoyt Arboretum. Click here for the schedule of upcoming events.

Check our Activities and Events page for dates for our special Fall Color Tour in October and various tours during Arbor Month in April including the Magnolia and Spring Blossom Tours.

Please call 503-865-8733 for additional information.


Private Tours

Do you have an adult group that is interested in a private tour with one of our experienced guides? We are excited to offer guided tours to your group for a small fee of $3/person attending. Fees support the arboretum by helping us continue our scientific conservation, research and maintenance of this 189-acre museum of living trees. To schedule your private tour please fill out the form on this page

Have a student or youth group interested in a field trip at Hoyt Arboretum? See more information and submit a field trip request here

Trail Map

With our temperate Pacific Northwest climate, Hoyt Arboretum is one of the few places on Earth where such a wide variety of trees and plants can grow.

Here you can observe rare and endangered trees that you would otherwise have to travel the world to see.

Would you like to take a short stroll? A contemplative hour’s walk? A heart-pumping hike? Need a paved gradual path that’s ADA accessible? All are possible at Hoyt Arboretum, Portland’s museum of living trees.

Download the Hoyt Arboretum Trail Map

Or stop by the Visitor Center to pick up a free trail map for your visit! 

What to look for while enjoying our 12 miles of trail.

There’s no single right way to tour Hoyt Arboretum, but here are some ideas about what to see while you’re here.

September through November
The fall festival of colors - blazing gold, red, orange and yellow

December through March
Color and texture at the Winter Garden (located at the north end of the Magnolia Trail)

April through May
Heady scents of magnolias, dogwoods and cherries in bloom (Magnolia and Hawthorn Trails and around the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial)

June through August
Native wildflowers rioting in the meadows or shading themselves under towering fir trees (all over the Arboretum)