You park across from a shopping mall and an apartment complex, walk a few blocks and you are in the wilderness. Great place to hike in the autumn for fall colors, we often see deer and squirrels. They also have great groomed cross country skiing trails in winter, good for beginners and intermediate skier's. So glad this land was preserved...
I don't think I have ever felt more under attack from mosquitos! This place is crazy. It seems somewhat unkept and like it has seen better days. The trails are not well marked and even the gazebos are overgrown with weeds. There is stagnant water everywhere. It is disappointing.
We are proud of Northland Arboretum and what it has given to this Brainerd area. It is well run, well maintained and a business we are proud of. We used it years ago (in its infancy) for cross/country skiing.
This place was great for walking and feeling like we were getting away from it all. However, the nature trails are marked for directions only, no information provided on the plants and trees, which we found a bit disappointing.