Plan Your Visit

Plan Your Visit

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.  Trail maps (available in English and Spanish) are available inside and outside the Visitor Center. Please consider using our digital map during your visit.

There are 2 wheelchair accessible restrooms in the Visitor Center courtyard, open daily.

Getting to Hoyt Arboretum

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, please visit Explore Washington Park.

By Car

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.

The main lots on Fairview by the Visitor Center are Zone 410 in the Parking Kitty app, and the Memorial lot is Zone 404.

Once your car is parked, you cannot move and repark in other lots in Washington Park without repaying. Travel to other destinations in Washington Park using the Explore Washington Park Free Shuttle.

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.

Accessible Parking Spaces

The large lot on Fairview Blvd has 2 accessible parking spaces with an access aisle in between.

The small lot on Fairview Blvd has 1 accessible parking space with access aisle on the right-hand side.

The small lot on Fischer Ln at the Bristlecone Pine Trailhead has 2 accessible spaces with an access aisle in between.

By Public Transit

Ride the MAX light rail blue or red line to the Washington Park MAX Station, located 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, or take the Washington Park Free Shuttle to the Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center.

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 Washington Park shuttle loops around the whole park and stops in front of the Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center. Shuttles run every 15 to 30 minutes from 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. All Washington Park Shuttles are wheelchair accessible. Track the shuttle in real time.

Reduced Cost and Free Transportation Resources

Our friends at Explore Washington Park offer resources including free TriMet passes and discounts on parking in Washington Park for families living on low-income. Please visit their webpage and fill out request forms for these resources. Please note that Explore Washington Park requires 10 business days notice for requests.


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.

By Walking

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.

By Biking

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.

Want to stay in the loop about upcoming classes and events? Sign up to get Hoyt’s monthly e-newsletter in your inbox.

Park Regulations

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 mobility devices like scooters and wheelchairs for people with disabilities.
  • 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 dispatch 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:

International Test Rose Garden
Portland Japanese Garden
Oregon Zoo
World Forestry Center

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