Hoyt Arboretum’s grounds are open from 5am to 10pm daily. There is no admission fee to visit the Arboretum.
The Visitor Center is located at 4000 SW Fairview Blvd, Portland, OR 97221. The Visitor Center is currently closed due to COVID-19. Restrooms in the Visitor Center courtyard are open daily, and water fountains are turned on. Visitor information, including trail maps, is available in the brochure rack in the Visitor Center courtyard. Please consider using our digital map during your visit.
Located in Washington Park, Hoyt Arboretum is two miles from downtown Portland and can be accessed by car, public transit, walking, or biking. For more information on planning travel to and around Washington Park, including the latest COVID-19 updates for cultural institutions throughout the park, please visit Explore Washington Park.
Hoyt Arboretum is accessible by US-26 and W Burnside St.
There are two pay-to-park lots at the Visitor Center and one by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Parking costs $2/hour or $8/day and is enforced from 9:30am to 8pm daily, including holidays. Meters take credit cards and coins.
In light of COVID-19, we recommend using Parking Kitty on your phone to skip using the meters.
Additional parking is also available at trailheads on SW Fischer Ln and SW Fairview Blvd and by the Winter Garden. Please be sure to carefully look for “No Parking” signs along park roads. Parking in these areas can result in a citation.
By Public Transit
Ride the MAX light rail blue or red line to the Washington Park MAX Station, located over 200 feet underground, and take the elevator to the surface. From there, access Hoyt Arboretum’s trails just a few hundred yards away near the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
You can also take Bus Line 63 from Providence Park in downtown Portland directly to Hoyt Arboretum’s Visitor Center, as well as the other cultural institutions in Washington Park.
Schedules may be impacted by service reductions due to COVID-19; face masks are currently required when using transit. For more information, please visit trimet.org.
From the Washington Park MAX Station, it is a ½-mile walk along the Overlook Trail to reach the Visitor Center. You can also walk to the Arboretum from the Portland Japanese Garden and International Rose Test Garden via the Garden Connector Trail and the Wildwood Trail. Another option is to walk to Hoyt Arboretum from Pittock Mansion using the Wildwood Trail and the new Barbara Walker Crossing.
Both TriMet MAX light rail and buses allow passengers to transport bicycles. From the Washington Park MAX Station, ride up SW Knights Blvd to SW Fairview Blvd and turn right for the Visitor Center. From the Portland Japanese Garden and the International Rose Test Garden, head north on SW Kingston Ave and turn left onto SW Fairview Blvd for a 1 ½-mile uphill ride to the Visitor Center. Please note that bicycles are not permitted on Hoyt Arboretum’s trails.
Washington Park Free Shuttle
The Explore Washington Park shuttle is running daily from 9:30am to 7pm with capacity limits in place; face coverings are required on the shuttle. Please visit explorewashingtonpark.org for the latest information.
For visitors using Lyft or Uber, a rideshare pick-up/drop-off zone is located directly across the street from Hoyt Arboretum’s Visitor Center in the small pay-to-park lot on SW Fairview Blvd.
Things to Do
Many of the regular programs at Hoyt Arboretum have been suspended due to COVID-19. Hoyt Arboretum’s trails remain open, and we encourage park visitors to follow these guidelines:
- Stay home if you’re sick.
- Bring all supplies (snacks, water, hand sanitizer) needed for a short trip.
- Wash your hands before and after your visit.
- If the Arboretum appears crowded, leave and come back another time.
- Stay at least 6 feet away from people who aren’t from your household, including Arboretum staff who are working on the grounds. If you can’t maintain that distance, come back another time.
- While on trails, announce your presence to others and step aside to let others pass.
- Wear a face covering if you can’t maintain 6 feet of physical distance from other people. Homemade is fine.
- Leave no trace: pack out everything you bring with you.
Hoyt Arboretum has 12 miles of hiking trails, so – while it’s easy to spread out – it’s easier to maintain physical distance on some trails than others. You can use this chart and map to help select the route for your visit.
While most of Hoyt Arboretum’s in-person programs are suspended due to COVID-19, we are offering online workshops and youth activities to help individuals and families continue to learn from home. For the calendar of events, click here.
For an enjoyable visit and to make the Arboretum a safe place for all visitors, plants, and wildlife, please follow these guidelines:
- Bikes, scooters, and skateboards must remain on roads.
- Motorized vehicles are not permitted on trails, with the exception of scooters and wheelchairs for the disabled.
- Dogs must always be on leash; pet waste must be removed immediately.
- Hoyt Arboretum is smoke and tobacco free; alcohol at permitted events only.
- To protect Hoyt’s trees, no tree climbing, hammocks, or slacklines.
- No foraging; leave plants, animals, and other natural features for all visitors to enjoy.
- No fires, camping, or drones.
Other Attractions in Washington Park
To learn more about visiting attractions around Washington Park, visit Explore Washington Park or one of the following cultural institutions:
Some of these cultural institutions may be closed due to COVID-19. Please check before visiting.