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 open daily from 10am to 4pm. Restrooms in the Visitor Center courtyard are open daily. 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, or use Parking Kitty to pay with your phone.
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.
Starting on September 12, 2022, parking in all of Washington Park will switch to a pay-by-plate system. Rather than entering your parking spot number in the meter or on the Parking Kitty app, you will enter your license plate number. Among other benefits, this system will allow you to move spots without having to pay again.
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.
Take TriMet Bus Line 63 to Washington Park. The route will provides direct service between Washington Park’s north end – near the International Rose Test Garden and Portland Japanese Garden – and Pioneer Courthouse Square on SW 6th & Yamhill daily on the hour, every hour from 10 am-6 pm.
Washington Park Free Shuttle
The Explore Washington Park shuttle is running daily from 10am to 4pm daily. Track the shuttle in real time.
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.
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 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.
Things to Do
Simply hiking the Arboretum trails is an educational and visual experience, but we also offer a variety of programs to help visitors deepen their knowledge of trees and botany and meet fellow nature-lovers in the community. Guided tours on the weekends are a great way to learn about trees in small portions. Take a class to hone skills in topics like conifer or bird identification, botanical illustration, or learn about plant evolution. For kids and families, we offer ongoing programs like preschool walks and Family Forest Days, as well as special events.
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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.
Tips for a Safe Visit
Be Aware and Report Problems
You can help keep our parks and natural areas safe by reporting concerns or problems. Common safety tips our Park Rangers provide to our visitors, include:
- Being aware of your surroundings and keeping your belongings with you.
- Park Rangers can help solve user conflicts, permit issues, and more. Call Park Rangers for immediate assistance at 503-823-1637.
- Keep your cell phone handy. If yours or other visitors’ safety is threatened, call 911 immediately.
Remove Valuables From Your Car
- Remove all valuables and bags when leaving your vehicle. Before reaching your destination store them in the trunk if you cannot take them with you. Please note that there is no luggage storage at Hoyt Arboretum or Washington Park.
- Close vehicle windows and lock vehicle doors every time.
- Keep unused chargers and accessories in your glove box.
- Be observant when you exit or enter your parked vehicle, stop and take a look around the area. Report any suspicious activity to park rangers or the police.
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: