Self-Guided Tours

Self-Guided Tours

Exploring Hoyt Arboretum’s 189 acres on our 12 miles of trail isn’t just a hike – it’s a worldwide tour of trees from around the globe!

The Arboretum is open year-round for self-guided hikes, aided by placards indicating tree species. Interpretive signs along your walk offer more information about the various collections. Pick up a free map in the Visitor Center to find suggested routes or download the map online.

Pro tip for participating in the digital tours listed below: load the plant database tours page on your phone ahead of time, when you have stable connection to wifi.


Living Fossils Tour

What are living fossils? Are they only those species that were thought to be extinct? Why do we often associate living fossils with dinosaurs, and where can I see some at Hoyt? Explore these special trees through the gymnosperm collections of Hoyt Arboretum.

Take the tour. Select the Living Fossils Tour from the dropdown menu.

Street Tree Tour: Conifers and Broadleaf Evergreens

Explore the 60 tree species at Hoyt Arboretum that are approved on the Department of Urban Forestry’s Street Tree Planting Lists for the city of Portland.

Take the tour. Select the Street Tree Tour from the dropdown menu.


Five Oaks Tour

White oaks are important hardwood trees that provide food and habitat for countless animals (including humans) all over the Northern Hemisphere. Explore 5 white oak species from across North America at Hoyt Arboretum.

Take the tour. Select the Five Oaks Tour from the dropdown menu.

This tour was created in partnership with the Five Oaks Museum and their Replenish the Root exhibition.

Looking for a guided experience at Hoyt Arboretum? Learn more about our programs.

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